Oklahoma Supreme Court Overturns Personhood Law

Oklahoma Supreme Court Overturns Personhood Law May 4, 2012

The Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down a state law that declared all fertilized eggs to be persons with full rights — and it did so by a unanimous 9-0 vote. The ruling was based on Planned Parenthood v Casey, the 1992 case in which Justices Souter and O’Connor convinced Justice Kennedy to uphold the primary holding of Roe v Wade.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday halted an effort to grant “personhood” rights to human embryos, saying the measure is unconstitutional.

The state’s highest court ruled unanimously that a proposed amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution that would define a fertilized human egg as a person violates a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision involving a Pennsylvania case and “is clearly unconstitutional.” Supporters of the personhood amendment are trying to gather enough signatures to put it before Oklahoma voters on the November ballot.

The precedent here could hardly be more clear, but I’m still shocked that nine Oklahoma justices voted that way.

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