In mid-February the Oklahoma state legislature joined the parade of states proposing “personhood” amendments: those legal stipulations that life begins at the moment of fertilization, and from that point on the zygote is a “person.” In this case, the bill passed the Oklahoma state senate by a whopping majority: 34-8.
Many people at the rally brought their shoes and placed them on the steps of the capitol signifying the government’s role in asking them to go back in time to be “barefoot and pregnant.”
“Once the shoes have been placed, they represent all of the women that have been harmed or have died because of politicized health care,” says rally organizer, Heather Hall.
Alert reader Stan sent some photos of the rally taken by Kel Pickens and posted with his permission. The posters, some of which are funny, express the rage of some Oklahomans against this stupid incursion into people’s lives.
The bill now goes to the Oklahoma House. If it’s passed, only Ceiling Cat knows what will happen, but it would legally be murder to have an abortion, even an early-stage one. Also, every frozen embryo produced in in vitro fertilization processes would have to be implanted, or that would be murder, too.
Here’s the relevant text of the bill, which you can download at this site:
B. The Oklahoma Legislature finds that:
1. The life of each human being begins at conception;
2. Unborn children have protectable interests in life, health, and well-being; and
3. The natural parents of unborn children have protectable interests in the life, health, and well-being of their unborn child.
C. The laws of this state shall be interpreted and construed to acknowledge on behalf of the unborn child at every stage of development all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of this state.
D. As used in this section, “unborn child” or “unborn children” shall include all unborn children or the offspring of human beings from the moment of conception until birth at every stage of biological development.
Like biological creationism, this bill is of course based on religion.