Personhood Bill In Oklahoma Won’t Get Hearing
KSCB News - April 20, 2012 8:17 am
House Speaker Kris Steele says the
Republican caucus has decided in a closed-door meeting not to hear
a so-called "personhood" bill. The bill would have granted
fertilized human eggs the rights and privileges of other Oklahoma
Steele says House Republicans voted Thursday not to hear the
bill amid concerns that it could lead to a ban on certain forms of
birth control and in-vitro fertilization. He says concerns also
were voiced that passage of the bill could result in another
potential legal challenge.
Proponents of the bill maintain the measure wasn’t intended to
ban abortions or threaten reproductive medicine, but only to send a
message that Oklahomans believe life begins at conception.
Several anti-abortion groups are gathering signatures to have a
separate personhood measure placed on the November ballot.