Another Conservative State Fails To Pass ‘Personhood’ Legislation

A proposed “personhood” measure, which would have granted embryos full rights as people starting at the moment of conception, failed without coming up for a vote in the Oklahoma House yesterday, killing the bill for this legislative session. The state Senate passed the bill 34-8 in February, and it was expected to be approved by the Republican-majority House. State Rep. Randy Terrill (R) blamed the House speaker for throwing Republicans “under the bus” and not bringing the bill up for a vote. If it had passed, abortion would have been outlawed, with no exception for cases of incest or rape, but the bill did state that it would not ban in vitro fertilization or contraception. So far this year, legislators in Mississippi and Virginia have also failed to pass similar “personhood” laws.