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Five Fetuses Found In Home Of Anti-Abortion Activist By Washington Police

Five Fetuses Found In Home Of Anti-Abortion Activist By Washington Police

Authorities in Washington DC have discovered five fetuses in a home reportedly belonging to an anti-abortion activist. Lauren Handy, 28, the suspect, leads the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU) group.

She also describes herself as a “Catholic anarchist”. Apparently, the police had been investigating a potential bio-hazard material when they discovered the fetuses.

On Wednesday, Ms. Handy had separately been indicted for forcing entry into an abortion clinic in 2020. She was photographed outside the address on Wednesday as investigators removed items from the basement in bags and coolers.

She told local news outlet WUSA9 that people were going to freak out if they heard the things contained in the seized containers.

Washington police said they couldn’t confirm if the home where they found the fetuses actually belongs to Ms Handy. However, two law enforcement officers said they arrested Ms. Handy at the house, and had been living there.

“There doesn’t seem to be anything criminal in nature about that except for how they got into this house,” Ashan Benedict, executive assistant Washington DC police chief, said at a news conference.

Ms Handy recently claimed to have “gained access” to a foetal tissue and organ bank at the University of Washington in Seattle. When they asked the University, they revealed that they had taken nothing.

A separate federal indictment issued on Thursday revealed that Anti-Abortion Activist scheduled an appointment at an abortion provider, the Washington Surgi-Clinic, for 22 October 2020. She did this under an alias Hazel Jenkins, saying she wanted an abortion.

However when she arrived at the clinic, a group “forcefully entered the clinic”. They also knocked over a clinic employee who injured her ankle.

Under that indictment, they charged Ms Handy and eight other members of the group with conspiring to injure, oppress, threaten and intimidate patients and employees. This violated their federal rights to seek and provide reproductive health services.

They will also charge them with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) for using force to interfere with the clinic’s services. If convicted, they each could face up to 11 years in prison and a fine of up to $350,000 (£266,000).

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