Pro-Life Activist Lauren Handy Sentenced to Nearly 5 Years in Prison for Abortion Clinic Protest

Pro-life activist Lauren Handy was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison, as well as three years of supervised release, on Tuesday for seeking to prevent abortions by blocking the entrance of a Washington, DC, abortion clinic in 2020.

Handy, 30, was convicted last year by a D.C. federal jury, along with several other pro-life activists, for violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act and “conspiracy against rights” — charges which carried a potential sentence of up to 11 years in prison and $350,000 in fines, according to President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ). Prosecutors requested for Handy — who has been in jail since her conviction — to be sentenced for up to six-and-a-half years. Handy’s attorneys with the pro-life Thomas More Society requested a more lenient 12-month sentence. Her sentence will include credit for time served.

Handy’s nine co-defendants are Jonathan Darnel, Jay Smith, John Hinshaw, William Goodman, Joan Bell, Paulette Harlow, Jean Marshall, Heather Idoni, and Herb Geraghty.

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