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Intro: "The high court rules unanimously that a proposed state constitutional amendment that would define a fertilized human egg as a person violates U.S. Supreme Court precedent."

Oklahoma state Sen. Constance N. Johnson, D-Oklahoma City, speaks at a rally in opposition to the state Senate's passage of a bill that grants the rights of personhood to fertilized human eggs, at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. (photo: Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Oklahoma state Sen. Constance N. Johnson, D-Oklahoma City, speaks at a rally in opposition to the state Senate's passage of a bill that grants the rights of personhood to fertilized human eggs, at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. (photo: Sue Ogrocki/AP)



Oklahoma Supreme Court Rejects Embryo 'Personhood' Measure

By Associated Press

03 May 12

 

he Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday halted an effort to grant "personhood" rights to human embryos, saying the measure is unconstitutional.

The state's highest court ruled unanimously that a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution defining a fertilized human egg as a person violates a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision involving a Pennsylvania case and "is clearly unconstitutional." Supporters of the personhood amendment were trying to gather enough signatures to put it before Oklahoma voters on the November ballot.

Opponents contend that the measure would ban abortions without exception and interfere with a woman's right to use certain forms of contraception and medical procedures, such as in vitro fertilization.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights filed a protest with the state Supreme Court on behalf of several Oklahoma doctors and residents. They asked the court to stop the group Personhood Oklahoma from gathering signatures.

The nine-member court determined that the initiative petition "is void on its face" and struck it down.

"The only course available to this court is to follow what the United States Supreme Court, the final arbiter of the United States Constitution, has decreed," the court said.

The ruling is the latest setback for abortion opponents who have been pursuing personhood measures in several states. In December, a judge in Nevada ruled that a personhood initiative petition was vague and could not be circulated for signatures to qualify for the 2012 ballot. Similar proposals were defeated last year in Mississippi and Colorado.

The backers of the signature drive say their goal is to set up a legal challenge to the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 that gave women a legal right to abortion.

 

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-11 # Rita Walpole Ague 2012-05-03 11:36
Please, dear folks, let's put on our critical thinkin' caps, and recognize karlroving dirty tricks that very well could be, and, in my opinion, most likely is, behind all this War on Women by the Greedy Old Party's 1% ruling, greed and power addicted villainaires.

Probable intent? Most likely to get furious women out to vote in November for, sorry to say, Pres. Obama, a pol. I now call Oh Bomb Ah. More war (i.e. drones et.al.) now, and far more loss of rights, with Oh Bomb Ah's signing of vs. vetoing this year's infamous NDAA. How pleased the 1% within the mitc (military-indus trial-terrorism complex)must be with this pres..

New third party of Greens, peace and justice activists, anti-racists, labor-workers' rights advocates, etc. is needed desperately, a party not infiltrated by Kochsucking minions, either bought off or scared off or both.

Lots and lot we gotta do to UNDO THE COUP
 
 
0 # coturner 2012-05-03 15:33
Can anyone refer me to a link/citation to the US Supreme Court case mentioned in the second paragraph, namely,
"The state's highest court ruled unanimously that a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution defining a fertilized human egg as a person violates a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision involving a Pennsylvania case and "is clearly unconstitutiona l." "
 
 
+4 # davidr 2012-05-03 17:05
It's the Casey decision that basically upholds Roe v Wade against regulatory roadblocks and onerous requirements.
 
 
+7 # Rick Levy 2012-05-03 20:59
This bill for this law was written by Oklahoma State Representative Lisa Billy who also supported the ultrasound law in that state. Yep, a woman warrior in the war against women.
 
 
+5 # Regina 2012-05-04 09:42
There are always a few women stupid enough, and vain enough, to serve the right-wing crazies. Think: Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Orly Taitz,........
 
 
+2 # Glen 2012-05-05 14:25
Yes, Regina, and all bought and paid for and kept and used. They are like the opening band at a rock concert. Get the crowds stirred up for the big event.
 
 
+6 # rockieball 2012-05-04 09:25
Am surprised that backers of this bill did not come forward and say that the ruling was unfair, because the embryo was not given a chance to speak on it's behalf.
 

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