State Republican lawmakers continue introducing laws restricting women's rights and favoring fetuses over women's lives
On February 18, 2012 At 2:35 pm
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Legislation has been introduced to the House of Representatives in Iowa that would completely outlaw abortion and mandate up to life in prison for those who purposefully terminate a pregnancy. This includes cases of rape, incest, or saving the life of the mother.
The impact of House File 2298 making its way into law is clear: women who miscarry will face criminal investigations to determine whether that pregnancy was terminated “purposefully”, women facing an unintended pregnancy in the midst of treatment for another medical condition like cancer would be mandated to carry that pregnancy to term even if it kills her, and thousands of desperate women will still try to abort.
And the outcome will always be the same. Women will die. Women will die avoidable deaths. And those that don’t die will become criminals.
In Oklahoma, lawmakers are one step closer to passing the Personhood Act, which gives rights to an individual embryo at the moment of conception, effectively outlawing even birth control. Reuters reports that:
The Republican-controlled state Senate voted 34-8 to pass the "Personhood Act" which defines the word person under state law to include unborn children from the moment of conception.
The measure now goes to the state House where pro-life Republicans outnumber Democrats by more than a 2-1 margin.
Oklahoma's Republican Governor Mary Fallin, who signed every anti-abortion bill sent to her last year, did not issue a reaction to the latest right-to-life measure.
Russia Today has characterized the wave of legislation as "the Vajihad War on Women."
Personhood Mississippi, which sponsored a "personhood amendment" that would amend the state's constitution to give zygotes constitutional rights as "persons" is thrilled about the Oklahoma measure. 60 percent of Mississippi voters rejected the personhood amendment last November. Mississippi is the most religious in the country. A similar measure was soundly defeated twice in Colorado. In a press release, Personhood Mississippi claimed that the legislation does not go against the will of the voters:
The Oklahoma Personhood Act was approved by a vote of 34 to 8 on Wednesday. The bill recognizes the biological fact that life begins conception and affords all unborn children "at every stage of development all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of this state."
The measure, SB 1433, defines the terms "unborn child" and "unborn children" to "include all unborn children or the offspring of human beings from the moment of conception until birth at every stage of biological development." It now heads to the State House where it is expected to pass.
"Even though we may not become the first state to protect every person from our biological beginnings to natural death, the news that Oklahoma's Senate has taken this bold step, and that a dozen or more states are working towards equal protection for all human beings, is a great encouragement to press on," said Personhood Mississippi President Les Riley.
In the last week, there has been a significant amount of media coverage about a new personhood amendment set to be introduced in the state legislature. Many wrongly presumed that this was an effort to controvert the voters by introducing a measure identical to Initiative 26.