The trial of five pro-life activists facing federal charges for allegedly violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act continues on.
The pro-lifers face up to 11 years in jail if convicted.
And now the Judge in the case has denied clear evidence of infanticide at abortion mill in a trial that could change everything.
Lauren Handy, Will Goodman, John Hinshaw, Heather Idoni, and Herb Geraghty are facing up to 11 years in federal prison if convicted of violating the FACE Act.
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The charges stem from a sit-in that took place at the D.C.-based Washington Surgi-Clinic late-term abortion facility back in October of 2020.
The five pro-life activists named in this trial, and another five pro-lifers, made plans for a sit-in protest at the facility.
They sang, they prayed, and they locked arms in front of the facility’s staff entrance, and then peacefully attached themselves to rope and chains to block doors in the building to try and “delay the murder of kids.”
Police arrived and removed the pro-lifers who were arrested and indicted on the claims that they conspired to obstruct the “right to reproductive health services.”
In other words, they peacefully gathered to try and stop the murder of innocent children.
CBN News reported, that Handy, who is the lead defendant in the case, made headlines last year after she found the fully formed bodies of 5 aborted babies that authorities later recovered.
Handy, a pro-life activist with the group Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), and another pro-life activist named Terrisa Bukovinac, obtained a box containing the aborted babies outside of the Washington Surgi-Clinic in March 2022.
Five of those babies were full-term
While Handy is currently on trial for a completely different case, her supporters argue the five unborn babies’ bodies should be seen as evidence that her actions at the facility in 2020 were justified.
But U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly refused video evidence her legal team claim revealed her primary motivation for choosing WSC as a place for her activism.
This despite a Live Action undercover investigation from 2012 that shows Dr. Cesare Santangelo, who runs WSC, admitting any children accidentally born alive during abortions would not receive any medical assistance to survive.
This neglect is not just abhorrent but is also illegal under federal law.
After seeing that Live Action video, Handy left her full-time job to become an activist dedicated to defending preborn babies.
But Kollar-Kotelly claimed, without any evidence at all that the video was “heavily edited,” claiming the abortionist’s video confession is just “gossip from propagandists.”
The judge has also barred Handy from sharing photos of the 5 babies with the jury, calling them “incendiary.”
She also suggested at one point that Handy’s defense team was trying to make the case about the morality of abortion.
President and Founder of Live Action, Lila Rose, blasted Kollar-Kotelly’s strong pro-abortion bias.
“We are seeing a horrific abuse of our justice system that five pro-life activists are potentially facing eleven years in prison for peaceful pro-life activism. If members of the Department of Justice actually cared about doing their job, they would investigate and bring Cesare Santangelo to justice for the children he has mutilated and killed. Instead, the Biden DOJ is nothing more than an abortion interest group, albeit one with the power of ruining lives by bringing unjust decade-long prison charges,” Rose said.
She continued, “It is also scandalous that this judge has refused to admit as evidence into the trial the Live Action video which inspired Lauren Handy’s pro-life activism regarding this specific abortion facility. Live Action reporting holds itself to the highest standards of journalistic integrity and excellence. Live Action reported the facts, straight from the mouth of the notorious late-term abortionist Cesare Santangelo, and our organization always releases and posts the full, unedited raw footage of every investigation. When Santangelo told our reporter that he would ‘not help’ a child born alive during a failed abortion attempt, we should take him at his word. We have inspired thousands to take action to defend innocent human lives and end the ongoing tragedy of abortion in America.”
The additional five pro-life activists who took part in the October 2020 sit-in face the same charges, but will have separate trials.
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.