A large group of Republican lawmakers joined together to send a letter last Friday to Attorney General Merrick Garland calling for an investigation by the DOJ into the deaths of five babies aborted at or near full-term found last month in Washington, D.C.
The letter was signed by 23 senators and 46 representatives in response to the discovery of the bodies of the babies inside the Washington medical examiner’s office. The lawmakers said they are “gravely concerned” by the evidence strongly suggesting that a baby underwent a partial-birth abortion at the Washington Surgi-Clinic.
The bodies of the infants were recovered from outside the Washington Surgi-Clinic on March 25. Pro-life activists were given an anonymous tip from a truck driver who was loading boxes at the clinic bound for the Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services incineration facility.
The remains were later seized by officials when the FBI raided the home of one of the activists in order to arrest her on charges connected to a “traditional rescue” she conducted as part of a pro-life group in October 2020 in which they attempted to counsel women entering an abortion facility.
The letter demands that Garland direct a comprehensive investigation of the situation of the “death of each preborn baby.”
The drafting of the letter was led by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and was endorsed by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), and dozens of other prominent Republicans.
Rep. Greene called for an investigation by D.C. officials in a video she posted to Twitter on April 5.
Lee posted a tweet on Friday describing partial-birth abortion as an “evil, heinous crime.” He added that if the babies were killed in a way that violates the law, the government must find the perpetrators.
The letter cites the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 which indicates Congress declared that such abortions are “gruesome and inhumane” procedures that are never medically necessary. It describes publicly released photographs indicating that at least some of the babies identified may have been partial-birth abortion or infanticide victims.
The lawmakers also cite neonatal specialist Dr. Kendra Kolb, who told reporters that one of the babies appeared to be between 28 and 30 weeks of gestational age. The victim had evidence of deep lacerations on her neck, presumably as a result of the abortion method used to kill her.
The letter indicates that D.C. Metro Police have said they will not pursue autopsies of the bodies, having declared the deaths occurred as the result of “lawful abortions.” The lawmakers insist that no such determination can be made without at least an autopsy as part of their demand for a formal investigation.
The letter called on Garland to make a formal response as to whether he intended to comply by Monday of this week. So far, his office has not responded.