Nine Pro-Life Advocates Face Prison

Significant jail time for peacefully protesting abortion.


John Stonestreet

Jared Hayden

Last week, pro-life advocate Lauren Handy was sentenced to four years and nine months of prison time. Two others received lesser sentences, and nine in all have been convicted for obstructing “reproductive health services” in violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. They were arrested during a protest at a notorious late-term abortion clinic in Washington, D.C., in October 2020. 

Terissa Bukovinac, founder of the protest’s sponsoring organization, Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising, called the arrest and conviction “a new level of tyranny,” pointing out:   

There is no other social justice movement in our nation [whose] activists are subject to years in federal prison for nonviolent resistance. This blatant viewpoint discrimination has incalculable consequences for babies, their parents, those who defend them, and for peaceful activists across movements worldwide. I continue to stand by Lauren and the other 8 defendants who risked their freedoms to stand in defense of the least of us. 


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