Police Find Five Fetuses in Home of Anti-Abortion Activist in Washington, D.C.

Police found five fetuses at the home of an anti-abortion activist in Washington, D.C. after a raid on March 30.

Police told WUSA9 that officers received a tip about “potential bio-hazard material” in the Capitol Hill residence where Lauren Handy, the leader of Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU) was staying.

Handy, who described herself as a “Catholic anarchist” in the past, told the local news station outside the home that she expected the raid to happen “sooner or later.”

Handy, 28, said “people would freak out when they heard” what was in red biohazard bags and coolers that police took from the basement of the residence, WUSA9 reported.

Authorities have not disclosed the source of the fatal remains, but D.C. Police Executive Assistant Chief of Police Ashan Benedict told reporters on March 31 that the remains appeared to have been aborted in accordance with D.C. law.

“There doesn’t appear to be anything criminal about that — except for how they got into that house,” Benedict said.

An investigation is ongoing, and the D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has collected the remains.

PAAU announced on Twitter that they will address the remains found in Handy’s apartment at a press conference on April 4 at 11:30 a.m. EST.

The raid came as federal prosecutors indicted Handy and eight other anti-abortion activists on charges of conspiracy against rights and violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, the Justice Department announced.

The unsealed indictment alleged that Handy and others forced their way into a Washington, D.C. abortion clinic, where she allegedly claimed to be a patient named “Hazel Jenkins,” and blockaded the doors in October 2020.

If found guilty, Handy and others could each face up to 11 years in prison and a fine of up to $350,000.


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