WASHINGTON — Police discovered 5 fetuses within the residence of a self-proclaimed “anti-abortion activist” who was indicted this week on federal costs alleging that she was a part of a bunch of people that blocked entry to a Washington, D.C. reproductive well being middle.
The Metropolitan Police Department says officers have been responding to a tip about “potential bio-hazard material” at a house in Southeast Washington on Wednesday once they situated the 5 fetuses inside.
An area tv station, WUSA9, captured video of police looking the house and reported that the house belonged to Lauren Handy. The 28-year-old was certainly one of 9 individuals charged in an indictment that was made public on Wednesday that accused the group of touring to Washington, blocking entry to the reproductive well being middle and streaming it on Facebook.
The station, which first reported the invention, mentioned Handy advised a reporter that “people will freak out when they hear” what detectives discovered inside her home. Handy didn’t reply to a message despatched to her Facebook profile searching for remark.
Police mentioned the 5 fetuses have been collected by Washington’s health worker and the investigation is ongoing.
In the indictment, prosecutors mentioned Handy had known as the clinic pretending to be a potential affected person and scheduling an appointment. Once there, on Oct. 22, 2020, eight of the suspects pushed their method inside and started blocking the doorways, in accordance with the indictment. Five of them chained themselves collectively on chairs to dam the remedy space as others blocked the worker entrance to cease different sufferers from coming inside, the indictment alleges. Another suspect blocked individuals from coming into the ready room, prosecutors cost.
Handy and the eight others have been charged with conspiracy in opposition to rights and violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. The federal legislation, extra generally generally known as the FACE Act, prohibits bodily obstructing or utilizing the specter of drive to intimidate or intrude with an individual searching for reproductive well being companies.