Notes: Alexandria woman sentenced to five years for blocking access to abortion clinic

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A 30-year-old Alexandria woman was sentenced to five years in prison and three years of supervised release for blocking the entrance to an abortion clinic in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Tuesday.

Alexandria resident Lauren Handy and nine conspirators were found guilty last August of conspiracy against civil rights and violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. She and two other conspirators were sentenced this week, although Handy was given the largest sentence. She is the director of activism at the D.C.-based Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising and led a blockade of the Washington Surgi Clinic in 2020.

Investigators also later found five fetuses in Handy’s freezer.

According to DOJ:

 According to the evidence, Handy, Hinshaw, and Goodman – along with their co-conspirators – forcefully entered the clinic and set about blockading two clinic doors using their bodies, furniture, chains, and ropes. Once the blockade was established, their activities were live-streamed. The evidence also showed that the defendants violated the FACE 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.

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