Personhood Bill Dies In Oklahoma

Women’s rights advocates got a bit of a reprieve yesterday as Oklahoma House Republicans met yesterday and decided against advancing Senate Bill 1433, the state’s controversial “personhood” bill.

House Speaker Kris Steele made the announcement but was clear that the decision shouldn’t be seen as being weak on abortion issues. “We’re already perhaps the most pro-life state in this country, having passed at least 30 various pro-life measures in the past eight years alone,” Steele said. “You will not find a bigger friend of the unborn than this Legislature, but this bill would not have any substantive policy effect.”

During his announcement Steele underscored the decision not to take up the personhood bill reflected the collective will of the Republican caucus, trying to quiet criticism by anti-choice advocates that he had been stalling the bill. “This decision was not made unilaterally, but as a caucus collectively,” Steele said. “I accept the will of our caucus.”

While this is good news, it doesn’t mean the push for embryonic personhood is dead in Oklahoma. Personhood USA is still trying for another ballot initiative but those efforts are currently tied up in litigation.

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Photo from katsrcool via flickr.


janet T.
janet t7 years ago

Thirty pro-life measures!! Gosh, do they get anything else done? Oppressing women must be a top priority for these men. Maybe their wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and granddaughters should abort these men from their lives. Lysistrata would have!!

Elaine A.
Past Member 7 years ago

We pro Lifers are coming for all your States and Roe v Wade will be an old history book!

Elaine A.
Past Member 7 years ago

Well here's one James M. should love.....Great news! This afternoon, Arizona voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

The state Senate passed HB 2800, a bill is based on model legislation developed by the SBA List and the Alliance Defense Fund, which defunds abortion providers of all state-controlled taxpayer funds.

Now, the bill heads to pro-life Governor Jan Brewer’s desk and we expect her to sign it shortly.

Nancy L.
Nancy L7 years ago

How silly - personhood. Glad it's dead.

August Cardea
August Cardea7 years ago

Gotta love the Republicans. How they tie themselves in knots:

1] When the Affordable Health Care Act was being enacted, we screamed that Obama was placing the government between people and their doctors. We said, "His Death Panels will kill your grandmother!"
2] Then we passed laws that require doctors to perform unnecessary procedures on women who have the temerity to want to make their own decisions about their own bodies.
3] And we pass laws that make miscarriages indictable offenses. It's up to the woman to prove she didn't set out to "kill" the "person" inside her body. Never mind the fact that it is proven scientific fact that fully 50% of all fertilized eggs do not survive to birth. Miscarriage is a crime, pure and simple.
4] We pass laws that will make doctors who tell their patients the truth about their bodies criminals.
5] Then we accuse the Democrats of manufacturing the "war on women" in order to give us a black eye. War? What war?
6] And we get on with the serious business of building bigger prisons which we then turn over to private corporations to run.

Our plan is working just fine, thankyouverymuch.

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin7 years ago

I made a video about why abortion should be easily available, and free for any woman that wants one. It’s at my YouTube channel Zarrakan, and here’s the link:

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil anti-abortionists.

Helen Leotta
Helen Leotta7 years ago

I think much thanks is owed to Oklahoma State Sen. Constance Johnson, D-Oklahoma City, who added language which states that masturbation and sex acts other than vaginal intercourse could be considered detrimental to unborn children as abortion. I think that too many nale politicians were scared that they would no longer be able to jerk-off. Rest assured they still would have been able to remain jerk-offs.

Arild Warud
Arild Warud7 years ago


Jane Barton
Jane Barton7 years ago

mean the wild eyed pro-life little Jesus Freak crazies can't build an ALTAR TO MEN'S EJACUATE and WORSHIP THE DEAD BABIES THREE TIMES A DAY????? OMG, THE DEAD BABIES!!!!!! Has Oklahoma no RESPECT?????? What's happened to the MORALS
in this country??????

Beth K.
.7 years ago

Tom Y, from Political Derby. How predictable.