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01st Apr 2022

Remains of 5 foetuses found at home of anti-abortion activist in DC

She had previously been charged for partaking in a blockade at a clinic.

The remains of five foetuses were found by police at the home of an anti-abortion activist in Washington, DC.

Authorities made the discovery on Wednesday after receiving a tip “regarding potential bio-hazard material” at the home of Lauren Handy, 28.

According to NBC, the anti-abortion rights activist has previously been indicted in connection with a blockade at a reproductive health care clinic.

As WUSA-TV reported outside her home while it was being raided, Handy said she had expected the raid to happen “sooner or later”. She declined to say what was in the evidence bags being taken by police but that “people would freak out when they heard”.

The foetuses have been given to the medical examiner’s office and an investigation is underway.

Handy is one of nine people who were charged with conspiracy against rights and violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act) after allegedly forcing their way into a Washington reproductive health care clinic and blockading the doors in October 2020.

She had posed as a woman seeking services from the clinic before the obstruction, an indictment claims.

NBC reports that the indictment also alleges the defendants violated the Act by using a physical obstruction to injure, intimidate and interfere with the clinic’s employees and a patient “because they were providing or obtaining reproductive health services”.