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Egg-As-Person Bill Advances In Oklahoma

Egg-As-Person Bill Advances In Oklahoma

On Tuesday a House committee in Oklahoma approved a personhood bill despite the fact that voters have already rejected a personhood drive earlier.

The House of Representatives Public Health Committee voted 7-4 to approve a revised form of Senate Bill 1433, which states that life begins at conception. The committee meeting was well attended despite the fact that no one was allowed to offer testimony for or against the bill.

Several bids to amend the measure were shut down, including adding a measure to the bill making it clear that it does not prohibit a doctor from terminating a pregnancy if the life of the mother is in danger and another that would guarantee the bill would not interfere with abortions, birth control, in vitro fertilization and stem cell research.

Several medical groups including the Oklahoma State Medical Association opposes the measure.

The bill now goes to the full House for a vote and should it pass is certain to face legal challenge. Meanwhile Personhood Oklahoma continues its quest to get a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would define a fertilized human egg as a human being and would ban abortions and outlaw certain forms of birth control.

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12:34PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Doesn't that mean eating an egg is killing a person too. What stupid Repubtea party law is next. Hold onto yer hats for the next bright idea from the far right wacko fringe.

9:57PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

I'm at a complete loss

7:34PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

The best way to avoid abortion is to prevent the little sperm from meeting the egg in the first place.
As far as banning the use of tampons because "It is unnatural for a woman to insert a foreign object into her body for the sake of stopping the menstrual flow", I wonder how they reconcile this to transvaginal ultrasound where a foreign object is inserted into a woman's body.
Or maybe we should determine it's unnatural for a woman to have a penis inserted into her body. That would stop the whole argument, wouldn't it?

7:19PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

This proves that Republican Christians will do anything to pass their agenda. Anything! They think that women and the men who actually support them are ignorant of the true Satanic nature of sex and abortion. They are already acting from a Christian dictatorial mentality, thinking that they are actually saving us from our sinful ways. This is the same thinking that was rampant during the Dark Ages. It drove the Inquisition and their need to save the souls of women and pagans even when it meant torture and death. Sacrifice the body to save the soul.

7:01PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

I intend to mount a suit if this goes through. To FORCE them to REALLY implement it.

This suit: FORCE them to fund and completely enforce the law if it is passed. FORCE them to pay for ENFORCED pregnancy tests for every menstruating female in the state, every month. FORCE them to follow up on the ones that turn up positive, every month. FORCE them to use their state police to investigate every positive-then/negative-now test for criminal charges of abortion. I suspect the pregnancy tests alone would bankrupt a State Treasury within months, and forcing the state cops to investigate bogus "abortions" would keep them from doing anything else.

If they want evrwy pwecious zygote to be "protected" they had better ante up.

And if they actually went through with it....the uproar would make the anti-Walker rebellion look like a flash in the pan

6:59PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

A third to a half or of fertilized eggs do not implant. Some doctors believe this figure could be as high as 80 percent. A third of those that do implant end up in spontaneous miscarriages. Does the pro-life movement believe this makes God a mass murderer?

6:38PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Lets see, we hit 7 billion humans in January of this year. There are food shortages. The government is hell bent on taking away women's health rights, insisting that all fertilized eggs need to be born and reducing the safety nets that may be required to support them. Without proper nutrition none of the children born at or near the poverty line in America alone (some 1 out of 3 = 85 million) will never reach their full potential without that nutrition. They will be damned to a brain reduced state for the rest of their lives with poor reading, math and deductive skills. I think I heard that 16,000 to 17,000 children die every day in the world from hunger. Every day. We're running out of gas, and food. By 2015 25% of the worlds humans won't have access to clean water. And you want every fertilized egg to be allowed to grow to completion because of some tyrannical belief you found in an old book?

6:34PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

We can only hope that should this pass the courts will strike it down. Why must people feel the need to force their values on to others??? Fight this or we will become the next Middle East. Here is one that even tops this, if that is possible.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-backroom/2853632/posts

Now it seems that many within the Republican party who strive to ban contraceptive use also see it as a necessity to prohibit the use of tampons, and seek to ban the sales of these and similar products as soon as possible.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) recently put together an all male panel for discussion at the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the contraceptive coverage rule and excluded women from the conversation. It seems that he is set to establish a similar group of men to discuss the use of tampons within a woman’s vagina.
It is unnatural for a woman to insert a foreign object into her body for the sake of stopping the menstrual flow. I, as well as several others seek to eliminate the sales of such objects. Women should let nature take care of itself the way that our Almighty Creator intended. To try to manipulate and control such an occurrence goes against God’s plan for women.
Initial drafts of this new legislation have already been brought before Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), and several other GOP Congressmen. It is likely to come to a vote as early as next month. If passed, tampons will no longer be available to sell or pu

5:57PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

THANK YOU, Marianne C. and Sue J. -- a fetus is most definitely NOT a person in any practical sense, especially by 8 weeks. Yeah, Kaitlyn, please compile actual information vs. "defaulting" to emotions and philosophical soundbites, like all the Repugs are famous for.

SURE... with all the trouble this world has got right now -- almost ALL of it related directly or indirectly to too darn many human beings competing, using, depleting and emitting waste -- we certainly need to make sure that EVERY POSSIBLE BALL OF CELLS GETS BORN AS A HUMAN BEING -- even if it would never know one thing about it if it weren't.

You guys are so big on loudly, fervently, maniacally protecting the "unborn," who don't know what's going on at all -- while you apparently care very little for the "borned." who are facing problem after problem and, conversely, can think VERY well -- who can agonize, suffer, and wonder: WHY???!

Wicked crazy set of priorities if you ask me.

4:18PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Diana E.

I think you are missing the point. Abortions will continue to happen, like rain, death and taxes. The point is whether they will happen in doctor's offices infrequently and early on, in back alleys after the third trimester, or in a cheap motel with a coat hanger.

How do you stand on contraception, the best way to prevent abortions?

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