Tuesday, May 24, 2022

DC Police find 5 fetuses in home of anti-abortion activist Lauren Handy

NBC WASHINGTON –– Washington, D.C., officers discovered five fetuses inside the Capitol Hill home where an anti-abortion activist lives, police say.

Police went to 28-year-old Lauren Handy’s basement apartment in the 400 block of 6th Street SE on Wednesday afternoon to investigate a tip about potential bio-hazard material at the house, the Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement.

The medical examiner’s office collected the fetuses, and police are investigating, the department told News4. No further information was available about the fetuses, including where they came from.

“My initial reaction is it’s horrifying to hear that there are fetuses in someone’s house,” a neighbor told News4.

Handy is one of nine anti-abortion activists who were charged Wednesday with federal civil rights offenses after they blocked access to a reproductive health center and streamed it on Facebook, federal prosecutors said.

The charges include violations of a federal law known as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, or the FACE Act, which prohibits physically obstructing or using the threat of force to intimidate or interfere with a person seeking reproductive health services. The law also prohibits damaging property at abortion clinics and other reproductive health centers.