Possibility of 11-Year Prison Sentence Looms

Today, after a brief trial, five pro-lifers were found guilty of all charges and taken into custody immediately. The charges were directly related to their actions in October 2020 when they blocked the entrance to Washington Surgi-Clinic, a late-term abortion facility in Washington D.C., where babies can be killed up to birth.

This killing center is operated by the notorious late-term abortionist Cesare Santangelo who was caught on video by a LiveAction undercover investigator unashamedly admitting he would not help a child with life-saving efforts if he or she survived a late-term abortion.

All five pro-lifers were found guilty of violating the FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances) Act and conspiracy to interfere with a constitutional or statutory “right.” They have not been sentenced but will be imprisoned while the remaining four pro-lifers involved face their own trial beginning September 6.

“I pray God will grant these compassionate and courageous pro-lifers tender mercies as they suffer unjust punishment for their life-saving actions that resemble the work of Operation Rescue for so many years,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

“The Operation Rescue movement was the largest civil disobedience movement in United States history with over 75,000 people arrested for peacefully and nonviolently sitting in front of the doors of abortion clinics from the late-eighties to mid-nineties.

“Though we have expanded our tactics to include exposing the Abortion Cartel’s gruesome abortion practices and do not ‘rescue’ any longer, I commend these peacefully pro-life warriors who willingly sacrificed their liberty so that preborn children would live and be spared from the cruel knife of the abortionist.”