Victory For Women! Anti-Abortion Personhood Bill Fails In Oklahoma Legislature

ProudProgressive 2012/04/23 16:14:24

It's reassuring to see that there is still some sanity in this country. The Right Wing has lost yet another battle in their ongoing war on women's rights. This obviously won't stop them from trying again, but every victory for liberty and freedom in this country is a welcome sign.

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Victory For Women! Anti-Abortion Personhood Bill Fails In Oklahoma Legislature
April 23, 2012
By Stephen D. Foster Jr.

The Republican Party has been waging a merciless war on women. Across the nation, right-wing lawmakers have been trying to strip women of their right to abortion and contraceptive services. But on Thursday, women scored a victory in Oklahoma, as a controversial personhood bill, also known as SB 1433, was aborted in the state legislature.

Despite a Republican dominated Senate that passed the bill and an anti-abortion Governor willing to sign the bill, it failed in the Republican dominated House before it even reached the floor. Conservative Rep. Randy Terrill accused the Republican House Speaker of throwing the caucus “under the bus,” while Martha Skeeters, president of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, said she was very pleased with the bill’s failure, citing it as a threat to contraceptives, including the morning-after pill.

The personhood bill was fiercely contested by women in the state legislature and in Oklahoma in general. It not only sparked a feminist movement in the state, it sparked the addition of amendments that attacked the reproductive rights of men, including one offered by Senator Constance Johnson which would have banned masturbation by declaring wasted sperm an act against unborn children. The bill was also lampooned on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, revealing how hypocritical male lawmakers in Oklahoma were being in regard to the bill versus Johnson’s amendment. The segment proved to be a major embarrassment to male Republican lawmakers, who saw nothing wrong with restricting the reproductive rights of women, while at the same time complaining about infringements on their own reproductive rights.

This is yet another personhood initiative that has failed. Mississippi voters recently rejected a personhood amendment by a sound margin. But most importantly, this is a victory for women in Oklahoma and across the country against Republican efforts to make women subservient to the whims of male lawmakers. It should inspire women everywhere to keep fighting back, because even the most Republican dominated legislature can back down due to pressure. For now, Oklahoma lawmakers have chosen not to move forward with the dangerous bill. And that’s great news for women who value their reproductive freedom.

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  • wtxwoman 2012/04/28 03:17:22
    A win for women everywhere. All we have to do is stand together.
  • Gloria 2012/04/25 21:10:17
    I hope more states follow this example.
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/04/24 03:19:33
    No wonder Obama is breaking the neck of America, Gid has akkowed this die to all the women partying when they murder their baby. Sodom and Gahmorroah will have a better time if it than yoiu will
  • Lady Wh... jackola... 2012/04/25 12:33:00
    Lady Whitewolf
  • The Mosher 2012/04/24 02:08:31
    The Mosher
  • kitkat42 2012/04/24 01:58:49
    That's a piece of good news. May there be more to follow. :)
  • Ira 2012/04/24 01:53:18
    Progress means never having to cross state lines.
  • CAROLYN NTARWNJBS 2012/04/24 01:41:36
    Like many people on this post ,I'm delighted to hear the news!

    womens fist
  • Lady Wh... CAROLYN... 2012/04/25 12:33:30
    Lady Whitewolf
    me too...
  • seattleman 2012/04/24 00:37:10
    Very good news. Thanx for sharing this - I hadn't heard yet.
  • wildcat 2012/04/23 21:12:50
    Great news, now maybe the knuckleheads next door to the north will get their acts together.
  • Raymond Allamby 2012/04/23 20:54:29
    Raymond Allamby
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/04/23 20:40:11
    Lady Whitewolf
    WOO HOO!!!!!

    **does Snoopy dance**
  • DougE 2012/04/23 20:13:59
    Yeah, women who can't control their sexual urges 1, unborn and unable to protect themselves babies 0. God must be so proud of us!
  • Bibliop... DougE 2012/04/23 20:24:05
    How do the women become pregnant without the help of a male? Why is it only women who supposedly cannot control their urges?
  • DougE Bibliop... 2012/04/25 10:56:16
    I thought women were in empowered to say NO. NO means NO. And yes, it takes two, but are you trying to say that all women who didn't mean to get pregnant are raped? That's just ridiculous, dishonest, and an unintelligent argument.
  • Lady Wh... DougE 2012/04/23 20:40:39
    Lady Whitewolf
    Come back when ya GROW UP.
  • DougE Lady Wh... 2012/04/25 10:59:44
    you're one to talk! It's so brave to kill an unborn person who needs you, relies on you, trusts you as it's mother to protect it. Again, if you don't want to get pregnant, get on the pill, have an IUD installed, have your partner wear a condom, or abstain. But this ridiculous war on women argument and even more ridiculous notion that I should have to pay for you to play is purely BULLCRAP! When you're capable of an adult debate let me know.
  • Lady Wh... DougE 2012/04/25 12:31:40
    Lady Whitewolf
    Tell THAT to the RAPED AND PREGNANT nine-year old.

    As I said... grow up.
  • DougE Lady Wh... 2012/04/25 20:09:50
    This is not the issue and Again, a nine-year gets raped and pregnant so all women who can't control themselves and keep their legs closed, or urge their partner to wear a rubber have been raped? You infer that all unwanted pregnancy is rape which is stupid and a lie. Seems you are the adoloescent here honey, not me. And I'm sick of your straw arguments. And for the record, most of us support abortion in the case of rape, incest, or severe birth defects that would threaten the life of the mother. But aborting recreational sex is not a valid reason to take an innocent life. Womans health doesn't include aborting a natural process of life creation either. Get a clue!
  • Rebel Yell 2012/04/23 20:10:34
    Rebel Yell
    Pro-lifers are insincere because their concern for life does not continue beyond birth. Which pro-lifer on this post can honestly say they care about all children, that they contribute in some fashion to make certain all brought into the world have food, are healthy, and are gettting a good education?

    They don't care. Quite the opposite, they beetch and moan about food stamps and welfare and " all those crack babies" .... and on and on and on. The hypocrisy is off the charts. They are hypocrites to the extent that they support life for everyone including those who will suffer in life. There is no equal playing field.

    The ability of a woman to have control of her body is critical to civil rights. Take away her reproductive choice and we step on a slippery slope. If the government can force a woman to continue a pregnancy, what about forcing a woman to discontinue birth control techniques or undergo sterilization? Where does it end?

    Gloria Steinem famously proclaimed that “If men could get pregnant, then abortion would be a sacrament.” So true.
  • Lady Wh... Rebel Yell 2012/04/25 12:32:19
    Lady Whitewolf
    "Gloria Steinem famously proclaimed that “If men could get pregnant, then abortion would be a sacrament.” So true..."

    Ain't it???
  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2012/04/23 20:04:42
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    Reproductive freedom. How easily the people are manipulated.
  • just me 2012/04/23 19:52:00
    just me
    All I want, as a woman, is the same autonomy over body as men have always enjoyed.
  • Lady Wh... just me 2012/04/23 20:41:01
    Lady Whitewolf
    well said!
  • Iamfree just me 2012/04/23 22:25:40
    Yes, that's why I'm opposed to rape. But as a woman, I find it appalling that so many women use abortion for birth control. It makes women look stupid and feckless.
  • CAROLYN... just me 2012/04/24 01:33:38
  • luvguins 2012/04/23 19:30:42
    Dispicable radical fundamentalists are the scourge of this country. Pro choice
  • whitewulf--the unruly mobster 2012/04/23 18:53:44
  • luvguins whitewu... 2012/04/23 19:32:17
  • Keeping It Real 2012/04/23 18:31:04
    Keeping It Real
    Although the bill failed I hope it gets more national attention by the media so the people again find out what the RWNJ are up to.
  • lee 2012/04/23 18:10:32
    do not poke the bear.
  • ProudPr... lee 2012/04/23 18:30:28
    Then how do you keep the bear out of your living room (or your uterus)?
  • whitewu... ProudPr... 2012/04/23 18:54:32
  • Opinionated-Conservative 2012/04/23 17:56:36
    What you see as good news for women most sane people see as bad news for the child who is denied a chance at life.
  • ProudPr... Opinion... 2012/04/23 18:31:18
    Most sane people don't consider a tissue sample the size of the period at the end of this sentence a child.
  • Opinion... ProudPr... 2012/04/23 18:34:06
    So...a life growing inside of a human is not human life? Ending life, no matter at what "stage" it is in, is wrong, it is still human and deserves that chance to grow and develop.
  • luvguins Opinion... 2012/04/23 19:34:31
  • Opinion... luvguins 2012/04/23 20:08:15
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