Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Oklahoma Personhood Act

Senate Bill 1433, The Oklahoma Personhood Act “made a loud and clear statement—we believe life begins at conception. We believe in protecting the unborn," said Bingman, R-Sapulpa. "Oklahoma is a conservative pro-life state—we are proud to stand up for what we know is right. This bill is one of many Senate Republicans have advanced which affirms the right to life and I am proud to support it."
The bill reads:
A.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Personhood Act".
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.
E.  Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as creating a cause of action against a woman for indirectly harming her unborn child by failing to properly care for herself or by failing to follow any particular program of prenatal care.
An amendment was added that states:
F.  In the spirit of shared responsibility in issues of reproduction, if a woman declares that she is pregnant non-consensually, the sperm donor shall be required to undergo a statutorily mandated vasectomy, shall be fined Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00), and shall also be financially responsible for the offspring of such pregnancy until the age of twenty-one (21).
State Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, principal author of SB 1433, issued the following statement after the full Senate approved the measure on Wednesday.
“With this bill, Oklahoma law will follow what Missouri has done for the last 23 years. It will not stop stem cell research. It will not prohibit birth control. It does make a very simple, yet profound statement that life begins at conception.
“We live in a society that all too often encourages us to think about ourselves, regardless of the ramifications for others. Those of us who consider ourselves pro-life need to be constant and consistent in advocating for the life of the unborn.”


  1. What about fertility clinics where people are trying to make a baby? has anybody considered what effects the wording of this bill will have? I agree with the idea, but the way it is currently worded practicing fertility clinics will be breaking the law in trying to provide couples with the baby they have been trying so hard to create.

  2. Fuck Oklahoma, bunch of bible thumping faggots.

    1. That is a very healthy, constructive attitude you have there. I love people who rather than make their argument just start throwing insults around; now that we know you IQ I think we will all sleep better tonight.

    2. and i love people who waste their time replying to an "insult" instead of being INSULTED that sen crain has even proposed this bill. what i really love though is when republicans/the religious right claim to be so concerned about the right to life, but in the same breath cut funding to social/welfare programs. women in lower socioeconomic groups are historically the ones who seek an abortion. if the government is going to dangerously limit a woman's right to choose then the republicans in office better be ready to raise taxes to pay for all the unwanted children.

  3. The ammendment was not added, it was floored.

  4. This bill may end up costing women their lives. What if a woman has complications during pregnancy where her life is on the line because of a child who doctors say has a slim chance of living to begin with? Because of this bill doctors would not be allowed to try to save a woman's life.

  5. I am a pro life person but i beleive in the right to abortion if it is rape or if there is complactions and the mother may die, other than that i am pro life. people should have to live with what they do. i also beleive in right to the pill because it has other health benifits to it other than a way of birth control