DC: Anti-abortion activist jailed for blockading clinic

Source: BBC News [UK State Media]

“An anti-abortion activist has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for blockading a clinic in Washington DC to stop patient access. Lauren Handy, 30, led a group that forced entry into the Surgi-Clinic in 2020, injuring a nurse, before spending several hours inside. She was one of several people convicted of civil rights offences last year over the incident. Police later discovered five foetuses at her home after she was indicted. Handy, a leader of the Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU) group who describes herself as a ‘Catholic anarchist,’ was found guilty in August 2023 and sentenced on Tuesday. She had denied a charge of using force to obstruct reproductive health care services, a crime under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. Her trial heard that she had made an abortion appointment at the clinic on 22 October 2020, using the name Hazel Jenkins.” (05/15/24)