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OKLAHOMA CITY (LifeSiteNews) — Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt “took abortion advocates by surprise” Tuesday when he signed into law a “Life at Conception” bill making it a felony to kill an unborn baby at any gestational age except in cases of “medical emergency.”

“I promised Oklahomans that I would sign every pro-life bill that hits my desk and that’s what we’re doing today,” Stitt, a Christian father of six, said Tuesday as he signed the legislation. “We want Oklahoma to be the most pro-life state in the country. We want to outlaw abortion in the state of Oklahoma.”

Senate Bill 612, which is slated to go into effect this summer, provides that “a person shall not purposely perform or attempt to perform an abortion except to save the life of a pregnant woman in a medical emergency.”

Many pro-life advocates argue that there is never a circumstance in which abortion is medically necessary.

Under the new law, anyone convicted of “performing or attempting to perform” an illegal abortion under the new law will “be guilty of a felony” punishable by an up to $100,000 fine and/or 10 years in prison. Women who seek or obtain abortions will not be charged with a criminal offense. 

Republican state senator Nathan Dahm, who authored the bill, said in a statement that from his “first day in office, protecting the unborn has been one of my top priorities.”

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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!

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).

Thank you for SIGNING and SHARING this urgent petition!

To contribute to the legal defense of Lauren Handy and the other eight members of PAAU, please CLICK on the following link to find out more about their LifeFunder campaign (also operated by LifeSiteNews): https://www.lifefunder.com/victims

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Pro-life hero raided by FBI speaks about the aborted babies she was trying to honor' - https://rumble.com/vzsslx-exclusive-pro-life-hero-raided-by-fbi-speaks-about-the-aborted-babies-she-w.html

'Pro-lifers arrested in FBI raids, face 11 years in prison for blocking access to late-term abortion mill' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pro-lifers-raided-charged-and-face-11-years-in-jail-for-blocking-access-to-infamous-dc-abortion-mill/

'BREAKING: Video surfaces of FBI raid, arrest of nonviolent pro-life activists' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-video-surfaces-of-biden-fbi-raid-arrest-of-nonviolent-pro-life-activists/

'Court Docs reveal previously unknown patient death due to negligence at late-term abortion facility' - https://www.operationrescue.org/archives/court-docs-reveal-previously-unknown-patient-death-due-to-negligence-at-late-term-abortion-facility/

**Photo Credit: YouTube screenshot of pro-lifers protesting outside the Surgi-Center abortion facility, in Washington, D.C.

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“Senate Bill 612 is the strongest pro-life legislation in the country right now, which effectively eliminates abortion in Oklahoma,” Dahm said.

“No one should be able to intentionally take an innocent life,” he continued, adding that the new law “defends life from conception, will stop the murder of the unborn and end the massacre that has been taking place in our state for decades through abortion.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded in a Tuesday statement describing Oklahoma’s life-saving law as an “unconstitutional attack on women’s rights.”

Lawmakers had passed SB 612 overwhelmingly in the Oklahoma Senate last year and in the House in April. The new law is the latest in a slew of previous pro-life measures which have been advanced in the state’s GOP-led legislature and signed by the governor, although many of pro-life measures in Oklahoma and other states have been blocked in the courts.

READ: Oklahoma passes ‘Life at Conception’ bill to make abortion a felony if Roe v. Wade is overturned

It’s unclear whether Oklahoma’s newest measure to protect the lives of unborn children will also be stalled in the courts.

The new law comes just in advance of a much-anticipated ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hand down this summer. 

The crucial case on the Supreme Court docket concerns Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks gestation, and could result in overhauling or overturning the “right to abortion” established in the Court’s 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, thereby sending the matter of abortion back to the states. 

Many Republican-led states including Texas, Idaho, Florida, and South Dakota, have moved to enact pro-life legislation in anticipation of the Court’s ruling.

More than a dozen states have enacted “trigger laws” to immediately ban the killing of unborn babies if Roe v. Wade is struck down.

READ: South Carolina lawmakers advance bill to ban abortion if Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

Forbes reported that according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, “more than 100 laws restricting abortions were enacted in 2021, the most ever in a single year since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.”

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