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RICHMOND, Virginia (LifeSiteNews) — Virginia’s governor took part in the state’s fourth March for Life yesterday, a historic first for state leadership across the country.  

Though state governors have attended the annual March for Life in Washington, DC, Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) is the first to participate in an official pro-life march for a state    

The second major pro-life event held at the capitol of Richmond in only two months, the Virginia March for Life included the participation of multiple pro-life officials and elected leaders. The March was organized to coincide with Virginia’s Veto Day, ensuring legislators from across the state would be on Capitol Hill. Approximately 500 people took part. 

Speakers at the rally, situated at Richmond’s historic bell tower in the hour preceding the march, included Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears (R); Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpepper); Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.; Jeanne Mancini, the president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund; and Olivia Gans Turner, the president of the Virginia Society for Human Life. Adoption advocates and women who regret their abortions shared testimony.  

In her speech, Sears emphasized the message of life from conception until death found in sacred scripture and argued that each generation needs to be convinced of its responsibility to protect human life.  

“We can’t be cowardly in what we’re doing because the other side is not cowardly, and we know we have right on our side,” Sears said.

“And so we will go, and we will stay on the battlefield, and we can’t ever leave because all it takes is one more vote… When we talk about life, we have to keep winning.” 

Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears

Freitas, sponsor of House Bill 304, which is also called the Born Alive Act, described the ignorance shown by the abortion industry who fought his legislation to require basic medical care for infants who survive an abortion. 

“When I carried the Born Alive Act and we were … presenting it before the Senate, we actually had a victim of a saline abortion, someone who had survived that, get up and provide her testimony,” he said.

“And, immediately following, a Planned Parenthood [representative] got up and said that my bill was a ‘solution in search of a problem.’”  

Freitas added that his own mother had chosen life for him during a crisis pregnancy.  

“The reason why all of us are here today is not just because we want to save that child. It’s because we want to save that child, we want to save that mother, we want to save that family,” he declared.

“When all of us understand that a core fundamental issue is that humanity is not a grant of government; it is a gift from God, and because of that there is no amount of bribery, there is no amount of temptation, there is no amount of intimidation, and there is no threat that will ever stop us from defending that innocent human life.” 

Del. Nick Freitas

Alveda King emphasized how crucial votes are in the upcoming elections as “our faith, our freedom, our families, our finances,[and] our health” hang in the balance. 

“We are all united together joining with our leaders doing our part because we all have a part,” King said. “We’ve been on the long road home, and there’ve been many tears, but now we’re in occupation, and now we’re moving ahead.” 

Dr. Alveda King

An outspoken pro-life advocate, Youngkin is the first governor in years to campaign for life in the Commonwealth. However, though several pro-life bills were introduced in the first legislative session of 2022, few reached his desk after being voted down in the state’s pro-abortion majority Senate.  

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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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A bill that would require basic care for an infant who survived an abortion was initially pocketed by Senate leadership to avoid a vote and potential passage. 

 As states look to the Supreme Court for a final ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, legislators are increasingly focused on determining the availability and legality of abortion in their own states. A growing number of states have responded to the case by organizing and increasing local pro-life rallies and marches. 

  

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