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Monday, April 30, 2012

Oklahoma Personhood Measure Struck Down By Supreme Court

The Oklahoma Personhood bill was never voted out of the Oklahoma legislature. It did pass in the OK Senate but the OK House didn't bring it to a vote because it knew the issue was pending litigation.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously vetoed a ballot measure that would have given embryos full personhood rights on Monday, ruling it "clearly unconstitutional" because it would block a woman's legal right to have an abortion. The personhood measure would give embryos the same legal rights as people from the moment of fertilization, which opponents say would ban abortion and complicate the legality of in vitro fertilization and many forms of birth control. Enacting such a law would violate the U.S. Supreme Court's 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which allows states to pass some abortion restrictions but prevents them from overturning the constitutional right to end a pregnancy.
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The Huffington Post

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