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FRANKFURT, Germany (LifeSiteNews) – A German court has ruled in favor of a pro-life group and deemed that the restrictions imposed by the city of Frankfurt on a pro-life prayer gathering in front of a pro-abortion “counseling center” are illegal.

The ruling was issued Friday, March 18, and follows a long legal battle between the city of Frankfurt and pro-life group 40 Days for Life.

Back in January, the group registered a 40 days Lenten prayer gathering in front of a counselling center for pregnant women run by Profamilia, the pro-abortion German equivalent of Planned Parenthood in the U.S.

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The Surgi-Center, a Washington, D.C. abortion clinic infamous for offering late, second trimester abortions, and its owner, abortionist Cesare Santangelo, are at the center of a scandal involving possible violations of federal laws against partial-birth abortion and infanticide.

In an exclusive video interview with LifeSiteNews, Lauren Handy, the director of activism at Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU), told LifeSiteNew's Editor-in-Chief, John-Henry Westen that, with the help of a whistleblower, her organization rescued and properly buried the remains of about one hundred aborted babies from Santangelo's Surgi-Center.

But, five of the deceased babies were so large and so developed that they suspected the Surgi-Center of engaging in the illegal practices of partial-birth abortion or infanticide (i.e., killing the child after birth) à la Kermit Gosnell.

The shocked pro-lifers then gave the aborted babies to the police and brought the matter to the attention of the D.C. Medical Examiner's office. But, the Medical Examiner's office has refused to take any action, saying they will not perform autopsies on the babies.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the Department of Justice, asking them to launch an investigation into alleged violations of federal law by Santangelo and the D.C. Surgi-Center, under either the Partial Birth Abortion Act (2003) or the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (2002). *Anyone - no matter where you reside - can sign this petition!

Unfortunately, the story doesn't end there.

Handy and eight of her fellow pro-life rescuers in PAAU are, themselves, now facing jail-time after being arrested by the FBI for conducting a traditional pro-life sit-in in October, 2020, at the very same abortion center from which the late-term deceased babies (mentioned above) were rescued.

Please note that the two events - the pro-life rescue in 2020 and the gruesome discovery of the five near-to-full-term babies in the Surgi-Center's "bio-medical waste" earlier this year - are almost one-and-a-half years apart.

Thus, Handy believes that their recent arrest is no coincidence...and, moreover, that the FBI is being used to create a smokescreen by arresting her and the other pro-lifers.

At the same time, the D.C. Medical Examiner's office does not seem interested in discovering the truth about the deaths of the five aborted babies and possible illegal partial-birth abortions or infanticide happening at the D.C. Surgi-Center.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the Department of Justice, asking them to launch an investigation into alleged violations of federal law by Santangelo and the D.C. Surgi-Center, under either the Partial Birth Abortion Act (2003) or the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (2002).

The DOJ press release claims that the pro-lifers: "engaged in a conspiracy to create a blockade at the reproductive health care clinic to prevent the clinic from providing, and patients from receiving, reproductive health services."

But, commenting on the arrest, Lauren Handy stated: "Media reports have stated that we ‘invaded’ the abortion center and ‘disrupted’ women from exercising their ‘reproductive rights’. No, that is not what we did."

"We entered the clinic and sought to love the women who were already there for their abortion procedures," Handy said. "We tried to offer them help so they would choose life. We non-violently defended the unborn who were about to be exterminated – the innocent, the most vulnerable, killed in horrific acts of violence and treated as so much trash."

Tireless pro-life activist Dr. Monica Miller, the director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and leader of Red Rose Rescue, told LifeSiteNews that "this is the first time any of them are facing federal charges. That the rescuers were hunted down by FBI agents is unprecedented in the history of pro-life activism."

All of this...possibly...for discovering five near-or-at-term aborted babies at Cesare Santangelo's D.C. Surgi-Center, and for seeking to give justice and dignity to the murdered babies.

The truth now needs to come out!

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In February, the city of Frankfurt reacted by imposing buffer-zone-type restrictions on the pro-life groups, decreeing that pro-lifers could only gather in front of the Profamilia center outside of opening hours, or at a much greater distance from the center during opening hours.

40 Days for Life took the case to court, and a March 1 ruling by a Frankfurt court already deemed the restrictions imposed by the city to be illegal, arguing that “the legal system does not offer protection against confrontation with undesired conflicting views…”

The court also cited article 8 of German Basic Law on freedom of gathering which guarantees holders the right to determine the place, time, and content of the gathering.

The city of Frankfurt launched an appeal with the administrative court of Kassel, which was rejected on March 18. The Kassel Court followed the decision of the Frankfurt court and deemed that the restrictions imposed by the city on the prayer group were illegal.

The court argued that the right to privacy of pregnant women going to the center was not threatened by the pro-life gathering, and deemed that the usual location of the gathering, at a 30 meters meter distance away from the center’s entrance, was sufficient.

In a press release, Dr. Felix Böllmann, a lawyer working for human rights organization ADF International, welcomed the decision by the court.

“We welcome the fair and differentiated decision of the Administrative Court in Kassel, which emphasizes the importance of freedom of expression and assembly in public spaces,” said Böllmann.

ADF International also supports the case of Pavica Vojnović, leader of another 40 Days for Life prayer group who is fighting against another buffer zone restriction case in Pforzheim, Germany.

“Buffer zones inhibit the exercise of democratic rights and public discourse,” argued Böllmann.

“Peaceful efforts to protect the right to life in the place of one’s choice must not be opposed by spatially repressing such expressions of opinion, even if they might cause discomfort, incomprehension, or even indignation with others,” argued Böllmann.

The lawyer also expressed hope at the decision by the Kassel court.

“In light of the federal government’s plans to criminalize people who participate in peaceful prayer gatherings near abortion centers, this decision gives hope,” he said.

Pro-abortion lawmakers in Europe have doubled down in their efforts to thwart the work of pro-life organizations recently.

In the past few weeks, both Spain and Northern Ireland have issued laws imposing so-called buffer zones around abortion facilities, and have criminalized the work of pro-life individuals who gather in front of abortion clinics in an effort to offer pregnant women alternatives and dissuade them from taking the lives of their unborn babies.