A proclaimed anti-abortion activist was indicted on federal charges this week after five fetuses were found inside a Capitol Hill-area home, according to published news reports.
This alarming discovery was made Wednesday by the Metropolitan Police Department after they received a tip on a matter involving a “bio-hazard”Material in the residence CBS News reported.
The occupant of the home was identified as 28-year-old Lauren Handy, police said, WUSA9 News reported.
CBS reported that Handy was charged Wednesday by a federal grand jury with one count of conspiracy to resist rights and one count of violating Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.
The FACE Act is a federal law that prohibits physical obstruction or the threat of force to inflict or interfere with anyone seeking reproductive health care services. According to the Justice Department, this was reported by the news outlet.
“If convicted of the offenses, the defendants each face up to a maximum of 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $350,000,” the Justice Department said in a news release Wednesday,” CNN reported.
During Wednesday’s bust, Handy told WUSA9 News that she expected the raid to happen “sooner or later.” She also declined to disclose what was in the coolers, and stated that “people would freak out when they heard,” the news outlet reported.
The fetuses were collected by the Washington, DC chief medical examiner’s office, police said. CNN reported that they said that the investigation is ongoing.
Ashan Benedict, DC Police Executive Assistant, told reporters on Thursday that the fetuses have been aborted in compliance with DC law.
Prosecutors allege that Handy had called a clinic. [Washington Surgi- Clinic]Days prior to the incident, I pretended that I was a prospective patient. “Hazel Jenkins,”CNN reports that the person in question needed reproductive health services and made an appointment for 9 a.m. on October 22, 2020. According to court documents, CNN reported.
CNN reported that Handy, along with eight others protestors from her group, arrived at the clinic on October 22, 2020. According to CNN, they allegedly forcibly pushed their way into the clinic and started blocking the doors.
CNN reported that five anti-abortion activists were accused of securing themselves onto chairs in order to block the treatment area. According to CNN, other protestors blocked access to the treatment area for patients.
Another anti-abortion activist blocked people from coming into the waiting room, prosecutors said, CBS reported.
It was unclear if the defendants had lawyers who could comment on the allegations. NBC Washington reported.
On Thursday, the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising group (PAAU), where Hardy is Director for Activism, was held Tweet that they “will address the claims surrounding the 5 deceased children found at Lauren Handy’s apartment at a press conference in D.C. on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.”