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Lawsuit Filed Challenging Oklahoma Personhood Push

Lawsuit Filed Challenging Oklahoma Personhood Push

The battle over granting legal rights to fertilized eggs in Oklahoma is already headed to the courts. This week the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), along with the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit to stop Personhood Oklahoma’s proposed ballot amendment that would define “personhood” from the point of conception from ever making it on the ballot.

The groups are suing on behalf of doctors who provide reproductive health care and individual women would be be affected by the amendment. CRR and the ACLU argue the measure is unconstitutional and dangerous to the lives of women.

Opponents of the personhood measure argue the bill would not only outlaw abortions outright, but would also criminalize most forms of birth control, emergency contraception and infertility treatments.

A personhood measure also passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives this week. So even if the ballot initiative is successfully blocked the personhood debate will remain very much alive. And litigated. “By their own admission, the proponents of this initiative aim to strip women and families of their established right to decide whether and when to become pregnant and carry a pregnancy to term,” said Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma.

This is a lot of litigation for the state of Oklahoma. CRR recently won a contentious battle against the state’s mandatory ultrasound law as a district court judge ruled it unconstitutional. The state gave every indication they would appeal the decision.

I wonder just how much the war on women is costing Oklahoma taxpayers, exactly?

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4:56AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

No Frances, "In God We Trust" was put on our paper money much later. The USA 1st Motto was "E Pluribus Unum". Furthermore, the founding fathers were a mix of Deists, Humanists, and Free Thinkers with nary a Christian among them (George and Martha Washington were the only churchgoers of the lot).
Yes, the majority of the population of the United States has always been Christian, but Christianity was never given a superior status in the US Constitution (re-read it, you'll be surprised how unchristian and liberal it is).
Other facts you may found surprising are:
-how recently the Catholic Church changed its mind on late term abortion:
In the 1920s, it opposed the use of C-section as too risky for the survival and health of the mother and supported the baptism in utero and dismembering of the live fetus for easy removal from the womb.
-how liberal the Bible is about it:
The New Testament doesn't mention either abortion or contraception and, since the rules not abrogated by it are supposed to be retained from the Old Testament, women are supposed to use contraception until the previous baby is weened (around 2 years of age) and should abort in case a) the contraception failed, b) the life of the mother is at stake, c) the health of the mother OR her ability to care for her other children would be impaired. Furthermore, the Talmud states that, in NO CASE the commandments related to time (that includes having children and praying) are addressed to women and that they may do

6:18AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

My comment may not be published since it appears that this site is very, very liberal and only considers one side of the issues. I believe in morals and their consequences if not adhered to. Why has America become so anti-God in principles.. America was founded under God We Trust. Just think if your mother had choosen Abortion etc. you would not be here to spread your liberal policies. Babies do count and you lieberals are one of them.

4:41PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

The increasing number of attacks upon our right to choose by overwhelmingly male dominated political groups seems to validate the perception of a war against women. Very well, what are we going to do about it? I would suggest something along the lines of the protests recently lodged against ClearChannel network. Oklahoma produces and markets a number of products. I propose a boycott in order to make our voices heard. While some of us do not live in Oklahoma, and have no direct political influence, we do have the right to withhold our consumer dollars and to voice our displeasure with companies doing business in Oklahoma. Here are some of the companies listed on the web as either based or doing significant business in Oklahoma City alone:

DEVON Energy - Fortune 500
Chesapeake Energy - Fortune 500
OGE Energy - Fortune 1000
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores - Forbes Largest Private Companies
Hobby Lobby - Forbes Largest Private Companies

Other Companies based in Oklahoma City

Sonic
Paycom
Express Employment Professionals (formerly Express Personnel)
Express Sports
Globe Life and Accident Insurance
InterWorks, Inc.
MidFirst Bank
American Fidelity Assurance Company
Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Stores
MTM Recognition
Template:Carlisle (restaurant supplier)
Lopez Foods (A major supplier to McDonald's)
McCubbin Hosiery (manufactures socks and hosiery for Keds and Stride-Rite

4:35PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

The increasing number of attacks upon our right to choose by overwhelmingly male dominated political groups seems to validate the perception of a war against women. Very well, what are we going to do about it? I would suggest something along the lines of the protests recently lodged against ClearChannel network. Oklahoma produces and markets a number of products. I propose a boycott in order to make our voices heard. While some of us do not live in Oklahoma, and have no direct political influence, we do have the right to withhold our consumer dollars and to voice our displeasure with companies doing business in Oklahoma. Here are some of the companies listed on the web as either based or doing significant business in Oklahoma City alone:

DEVON Energy - Fortune 500
Chesapeake Energy - Fortune 500
OGE Energy - Fortune 1000
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores - Forbes Largest Private Companies
Hobby Lobby - Forbes Largest Private Companies

Other Companies based in Oklahoma City

Sonic
Paycom
Express Employment Professionals (formerly Express Personnel)
Express Sports
Globe Life and Accident Insurance
InterWorks, Inc.
MidFirst Bank
American Fidelity Assurance Company
Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Stores
MTM Recognition
Template:Carlisle (restaurant supplier)
Lopez Foods (A major supplier to McDonald's)
McCubbin Hosiery (manufactures socks and hosiery for Keds and Stride-Rite

1:30PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

Check out this satirical website for personhood funerals. Be sure to look at the last page "How to" bc it is the funniest. Also look at the FAQs page and enter a comment - it's best to comment by extending the satire - bc that's funnier than just getting mad.

http://personhoodfunerals.com

4:41AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

If more women don't realize that their rights are speedily being taken away by the narrow minded politicians and don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when they will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of all people especially women who have to put up with all this bull of contraception, abortion and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Women have so much power but they don't realize it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom I believe things would change quickly and for the better.

4:39AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

If more women don't realize that their rights are speedily being taken away by the narrow minded politicians and don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when they will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of all people especially women who have to put up with all this bull of contraception, abortion and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Women have so much power but they don't realize it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom I believe things would change quickly and for the better.

2:30PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Lauren B
Approximately 42 million abortions are performed world-wide each year. When done in the developed world, it is one of the safest procedures in medicine. People who want to ban abortion will not stop abortions just relegate them to back alleys like some third world country. That type of abortion now causes 70,000 deaths and 5 million disabilities per year. I do not want America to be forced back into the dark ages by a small but vocal segment of our population, a segment that spreads lies, half-truths and misinformation whenever it can. The number of abortions world-wide has decreased as access to family planning education and contraceptive services has increased. You don't believe in science, a women's choice about her own body or advanced medical procedures then prepare for more abortions, more deaths and more disabling injuries. I pray that God spares any our children and grandchildren abortion conditions that were stopped with Roe v Wade especially when contraceptives are banned…

7:37AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

WOMEN-MINORITIES-GAY-STRAIGHT:
USE your VOICE or LOSE your VOICE so your (children)DAUGHTER'S have a VOICE and FREEDOM of CHOICE!

DISCRIMINATION against WOMEN while in the WOMB including RACIAL DISCRIMINATION starting in the WOMB! GREAT START!

9:23PM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

hmm birth control by following the calendar...what happens in Leap year? Or traveling through different time zones? confusing enough to make a little sperm's head spin. Or is it just shut up and swim sperm, swim! oh oh, a condom!-everyone dive for it!

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