Pro-life activists sentenced to 45 days in jail for ‘Red Rose Rescue’ at Michigan abortion clinic

The Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising has announced that Lauren Handy, its director of activism, was among four pro-life activists sentenced to a month and a half at the Genesee County Jail in Flint, Mich. The sentencing came as a result of a 2019 “Red Rose Rescue” event at an abortion facility in Flint, with the organization describing a “Red Rose Rescue” as a “direct action in which activists enter abortion businesses, hand out life-affirming literature, red roses and offer hope and financial resources to the patients at risk of exploitation by the Abortion Industrial Complex.” Handy and her co-defendants—William Goodman, Patrice Woodworth and Matthew Connolly—were charged with the felony offense of obstructing a police officer and the misdemeanor offense of trespassing and disturbing the peace. The activists went “limp” during their arrest, which PAAU describes as “a decision often made by nonviolent social activists who refuse to assist in their own unjust arrest.” Following their sentencing, the defendants were “immediately taken into custody.”

Supporters affiliated with PAAU gathered outside the jail Friday to demand the release of all four activists. PAAU Founder and Executive Director Terrisa Bukovinac stated, “We are living in the midst of a genocide and it’s no surprise that the institutions which allow for the exploitation and murder of thousands of unborn children in this state are inflicting further oppression onto those like Lauren, who dare to challenge their agenda.”

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