Fetal personhood controversy has women on both sides at state level

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/2/2012
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Senator Crain presides over the Senate

The “Personhood Act” in Oklahoma, introduced by Sen. Brian Crain, recognizes the legal personhood of embryonic life from the moment of fertilization. A similar measure was rejected in Mississippi. Some legal and medical experts raised concerns that the bill could ban some forms of birth control (that which is abortion inducing), in vitro fertilization (which always kills “excess embryos) and embryonic stem cell research, because it kills embryonic persons.

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LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – The personhood bill passed in the Oklahoma state Senate by a vote of 34 to 8. The bill is now expected to sail through the GOP-controlled House. If Gov. Mary Fallin signs it, as she has signed every other Pro-Life bill that has reached her desk, Oklahoma will be the first state in the country to enact a personhood bill.
Oklahoma Republicans have passed numerous restrictionson killing children through procured abortion over the past few years. It has given rise to arguments with the charged rhetoric, alleging that abortion is somehow a matter of “women’s health” and rights to control ones body. These initiatives have brought unprecedented amounts of attention to growing challenges to the current approach to abortion on demand.

Some female Democratic lawmakers voiced opposition by attaching amendments to Pro-Life abortion bills alleging such measures are anti-female. For example, in Virginia, State Senator Janet Howell introduced a protest amendment to a mandatory ultrasound bill in her state that would require men to have a rectal exam before being prescribed Viagra.

“The Republicans have awakened a sleeping giant,” Oklahoma Sen. Judy McIntyre says. “When you get women stirred up, particularly the young women who are used to being able to make decisions about their own bodies, you are going to be challenged and challenged hard.” While McIntyre’s opposition to fetal personhood makes her unpopular in her home state, she said she claims “I’m still getting the hugs from my colleagues, Republicans and Democrats.”

Of course, those who respect the fundamental Right to Life of every human person, including children in the womb, be they Republican or Democrat, see the matter quite differently. In fact, one of the largest and most effective contingents in the movement to restore legal protection to children in the womb are women. In fact, the organizations, associations and movements of women defending the child in the womb are taking the lead in the Pro-Life movement.

The womens groups formed to overturn Roe v Wade and protect our youngest neighbors are growing rapidly. So too are the ranks of Pro-Life women in public office. They are often the prime movers behind personhood legislation. Groups such as “Feminists for Life” also make strong and compelling arguments that abortion is anything but “Pro-Woman.” The tired old effort to paint the issues associated with recognizing the personhood of our youngest neighbors with “feminism” protecting “rights” for women is losing ground.

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