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Rick Santorum's signature on Oklahoma Personhood Amendment Petition Rick Santorum's signature on Oklahoma Personhood Amendment Petition

The fight over when life begins is a hot topic in Oklahoma and now, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is backing one side.

An anti-abortion group, Personhood USA, created a petition and wants to ban abortion statewide.

It launched a "signature drive" in early March, with more than 13,000 volunteers across the Sooner State.

Santorum added his John Hancock to the draft version of the Oklahoma Personhood Amendment petition while campaigning here recently.

Santorum joins four other presidential candidates, including Speaker Newt Gingrich, Congressman Ron Paul, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and Governor Rick Perry, in signing the Personhood USA Presidential Pledge.

The goal is to amend the state constitution to define "a fertilized human egg" as the "start of life."

The group has to collect 155,000 signatures by the end of May to get the issue on the November ballot to let voters decide.

The bill has the potential to ban abortions and outlaw certain forms of birth control in Oklahoma.

Sponsored by Tulsa Senator Brian Crain, the Oklahoma Personhood Act passed through the Oklahoma Senate by a vote of 34 to 8 in mid-February.

Opponents have taken to the State Capitol, rallying against the personhood bill in late February. They say it will lead to complications with issues like reproductive health and birth control.

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