In big news for the pro-life movement today, Oklahoma is positioned to become the first state to pass a Personhood law. Personhood laws recognize the right to life of every unborn child at each stage of development and do not allow for abortion based on Roe v. Wade. The Oklahoma Senate has already passed this law by a great majority…34 to 8.
A Tulsa Senator, Brian Crain, sponsored this law which, if passed, will become historic. State Senates or Houses have passed Personhood laws previously. But so far, no state has been able to get passage from both the Senate and the House. Crain’s law is positioned to do just that, as the Oklahoma House and Governor Mary Fallin are reportedly very pro-life.
Oklahomans for Life has been supporting the law in the months leading up to the legislative vote. They’ve helped to collect signatures showing the support of Oklahoma’s citizenry. The group’s Chairman, Tony Lauinger, explains:
We hope that as many lives can be saved as is possible to save, and not only does that benefit the child whose life is spared, but it benefits the mother who steps back from the irrevocable, lethal act of taking her child’s life.
The wording of the Oklahoma Personhood law, as with most Personhood measures, is simple and to the point. You can read more about Personhood measures–their basis, educational resources, etc. here. Any person picking up this piece legislation will be able to easily understand it…quite a feat in our day of pork barrel legislation that quite literally includes everything under the sun. Take a look for yourself at two of the most significant portions of the law:
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…
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.
The law goes on to give protection for women who do not intend to cause harm to their unborn child. You can read the full text at the bottom of the page here.
Senator Crain explains that this law is modeled after a 1986 Missouri law that was later determined by the U.S. Supreme Court to be constitutional. However, there is some difference in the laws as the portion of the Missouri law declaring that human life began at conception was included in a preamble, rather than an actual law.
Pro-lifers should follow this situation closely as it develops in Oklahoma. If you live in Oklahoma, contact Senator Crain or Oklahomans for Life and find out what you can do to support and help this law pass the House.
You can also contact Governor Mary Fallin who is pro-life, and share your thoughts about the measure at the contact information below:
Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 212
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Local: (405) 521-2342