WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Details are emerging regarding a federal indictment of nine pro-life activists and five fetuses found in the home of a District of Columbia woman, and how the two are related.
When the news first broke about the discovery of fetal matter, most who heard had a similar response. Tim Carney, who lives a block from the residence on 6th Street in the southeast, said: “It’s a terrible situation.
After the initial shock passed, many were left with questions. Carney said: ‘I wonder about the details and what was going through this woman’s mind. Were they brought to term, or what exactly happened?
The Metropolitan Police Department is still investigating the recovered remains, but official documents and court documents are putting things back together.
A federal indictment filed Thursday, March 24 charges nine people with conspiring against rights and violating the Freedom of Access Act at clinic entrances. Prosecutors say the nine people forced their way into a DC health clinic in 2020 and blocked patients from entering.
The first person mentioned in the indictment is Lauren Handy. It was at her home that DC police found the five fetuses on Wednesday, March 30. Police told WDVM the remains were inside bags, labeled “medical waste,” and were confirmed as fetal material the following day.
“On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at approximately 12:30 p.m., MPD responded to the 400 block of 6th Street SE to investigate a tip regarding potential biohazard material at the site. After further investigation, MPD located five fetuses inside a residence at the scene. The fetuses were collected by the DC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. This is currently an ongoing investigation.
-Metropolitan Police Service
MPD is currently working to determine if any crimes were committed by Handy having the remains in her home.
Handy is the Director of Activism for Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising. The organization issued a press release which gave more details and announced a press conference on the two cases for Tuesday, April 5.
According to the press release, the fetuses at Handy’s home and the federal indictment are linked. One of the nine people charged in the indictment gave a tip about the fetuses to Steven Cooley, a California attorney. Cooley then sent a letter to the DC Police Department and the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, alerting them to the fetuses. According to Cooley’s letter, the fetuses were given to Handy by an anonymous whistleblower.
PAAU claims in the press release that the remains show violations of the Partial Abortion Act and the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.
At Tuesday’s press conference, PAAU said several questions would be answered, including where the fetuses came from, how they were acquired and by whom, how many fetuses were acquired and what would happen to the fetuses. remaining fetuses that are not in custody and what the defendants claim.
This is a developing story.
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