Constance Johnson, Senator of Oklahoma Attempts to Boldly Amend Oklahoma’s “Personhood” Bill SB 1433
On February 15, 2012 At 10:32 pm
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Constance Johnson, a bold senator of Oklahoma, reached her breaking point concerning “Personhood” bills and attempted to amend the “Personhood” Bill SB 1433 by adding her own clause to the bill. Her clause read:
However, any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman's vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child.
She stated, in an article she wrote for the U.K. Guardian, that she is increasing offended by these “Personhood” bills, which focus mainly on the women and female reproduction. She and another senator in Oklahoma are increasingly frustrated by the ridiculousness of these bills and their focus on the woman’s part in reproduction.
With Oklahoma's new, never-before-experienced Republican majority, we are seeing enactment of more and more measures that adversely affect women and their rights to access safe medical procedures when making reproductive healthcare decisions.
The Personhood bill would potentially allow governmental intrusion into families' personal lives by policing what happens to a woman's eggs without any similar thought to what happens to a man's sperm.
With her addition to the amendment, she seeks to show the absurdity in these bills concerning women. With this current bill proposed in Oklahoma’s senate, women face criminal charges if their pregnancy ends in a miscarriage and in her opinion, fertilization of eggs outside the womb could violate the proposed personhood statute, therefore they should include a clause concerning men and their sperm, but only to show how absurd the bill is.
She stated she also seeks to draw humourous attention the hypocrisy, inconsistency, and the intrusion of privacy of the Republican proposal. Johnson feels it is more important that we focus on health care, jobs, and education, rather than reproduction solely on the woman’s part.
According to Jezebel website, this bill seeks to call fertilized eggs “persons” before they implant to the woman’s uterus.
The bill sought to define human life as beginning at the moment of conception, before it’s even implanted in the womb, and offers full legal protection to those tiny multicelled lumps. In the words of the bill, “the unborn child at every stage of development (has) all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of this state.”
Johnson’s clause, as Jezebel pointed out, would mean that male masturbation, blow jobs, and anywhere else a man can think to place his sperm, other than the vagina, would violate this amendment.