Oklahoma Women Unite to Fight Personhood Bill

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Senate Bill 1433, originally introduced Feb. 6 of this 2012 legislative session and authored by Sen. Brian Crain, R-District 39, is stirring new activity at the capitol in Oklahoma City. The "Personhood Act" has raised the ire of some Oklahoma women.

Hundreds of Women Protest Bill

Hundreds of women assembled outside the Oklahoma Capitol on Tuesday, many holding signs -- and some wearing aprons and barefoot -- in protest of the Personhood Act, reports NewsOK.com. Officially, the proposed legislation is Senate Bill 1433, and it states that human life begins at the moment of conception. Further, it prohibits the willful destruction of the unborn child, even if the child was conceived via rape or incest.

Some of the protest signs were offensive, but as Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, D-Tulsa, told TulsaWorld.com that the bill is offensive to women.

Legislative History of Personhood Act

Initially introduced in the Senate on Feb. 6 by Crain and coauthored that same date by Rep. Lisa J. Billy, R-District 42, in the state House of Representatives. On Feb. 8, the measure was approved by the Health and Human Services committee, and on Feb. 15 the proposed legislation was voted on by the Senate, where it passed on first vote 34-8, according to the Oklahoma State Legislature site.

The measure was then passed from the Senate to the House of Representatives on Feb. 22.

Proposed Ideas Ignored

On Feb. 13, Sen. Constance N. Johnson, D-District 48, proposed an amendment to the Personhood Act while the measure was still in the Senate that would hold the biological father of an unborn child who was conceived through non-consensual sex financially responsible for that child until the child reached age 21, pay a hefty fine and be mandated to have a vasectomy.

Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, proposed through House Joint Resolution 1067 that the acceptance of the Personhood Act be put to a vote of the citizens, reports NewsOK.com. However, Rep. Gary Banz, R-Midwest City, chairman of the House Rules committee, said Reynolds' measure would not be heard.

Smack dab in the middle of the baby boomer generation, L.L. Woodard is a proud resident of "The Red Man" state. With what he hopes is an everyman's view of life's concerns both in his state and throughout the nation, Woodard presents facts and opinions based on common-sense solutions.

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