Pro-Life Activist Lauren Handy Sentenced To Nearly 5 Years In Prison For Clinic Blockade

Lauren Handy, a pro-life activist who has gained respect for her work to bring attention to pro-life issues, has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison for leading a protest at a Washington, D.C., abortion clinic in October 2020. 

Handy, 30, was part of a group of protesters convicted of federal civil rights violations for the protest of the Washington Surgi-Clinic.

Federal prosecutors described Handy as an “active anti-abortion extremist” and the “criminal mastermind” behind the protest. They had sought a six-year sentence for Handy, who has been held in prison since her indictment in August.

During the 2020 protest, Handy and the other protesters linked themselves with locks and chains to block the doors of the facility. 

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly chided Handy for prioritizing her activism above the “needs” of women, saying, “Neither you nor any of the other co-conspirators showed any compassion empathy toward those two women needing medical care.”

Handy’s attorneys from the Thomas More Society plan to appeal her conviction. In a pre-sentencing memo, they described Handy as a compassionate person who cares deeply “for the vulnerable communities” that she represents.

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