Police say a woman accused of trespassing at a Bedford Heights Planned Parenthood had five foetuses at her home in the Washington region.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five foetuses were discovered in the home of a self-described “anti-abortion activist” who was indicted this week on federal charges saying that she was part of a group that prevented access to a reproductive health center in Washington, D.C.
Officers were responding to a report about “possible bio-hazard material” at home in southeast Washington on Wednesday when they discovered the five foetuses inside, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
WUSA9, a local television station, obtained video of police examining the residence and stated that Lauren Handy lived there. The 28-year-old was one of nine people charged in a federal indictment unsealed on Wednesday, accusing the group of flying to Washington, obstructing the entrance to the reproductive health center, and live-streaming the event on Facebook.
Handy told a reporter that “people would flip out when they hear” what cops found inside her residence, according to the station, which broke the story first. Handy did not react to a request for comment submitted to her Facebook page.
The five foetuses were gathered by Washington’s medical examiner, according to police, and the inquiry is still underway.
Handy was charged with criminal trespassing at a Bedford Heights Planned Parenthood in June 2021. According to court records, Handy pleaded not guilty, and the case is currently pending in Bedford Heights Municipal Court.
Prosecutors in Washington said Handy pretended to be a prospective patient when he called the clinic to schedule an appointment. According to the accusation, eight of the suspects made their way inside on Oct. 22, 2020, and began blocking the doors. According to the accusation, five of them chained themselves together on chairs to block the treatment area, while others blocked the employee door to prevent further patients from entering. Prosecutors claim that another suspect prevented others from entering the waiting room.
Handy and the other eight were charged with breaking the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act and conspiring against rights. Physically impeding or using the threat of force to intimidate or interfere with a person seeking reproductive health treatment is illegal under the federal statute known as the FACE Act.
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