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.”