Pro-life Citizens Launch Initiative to Guarantee Personhood Rights in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK — 3/1/2012 — Oklahoma’s pro-life advocates have launched a citizen-led initiative to amend the state constitution and recognize the personhood rights of every man, woman, and child, born and preborn. Personhood Oklahoma and members of the pro-life coalition filed the measure on Thursday and must now collect 155,000 petition signatures in the next 90 days to get the measure on the November ballot.

The Oklahoma Personhood Amendment would define the term “person,” as used to ensure the inherent right to life in the Oklahoma Constitution, to include every human being from the beginning of life, at conception, to natural death.

Similar to the 14th amendment of the United States Constitution, Oklahoma’s new state constitutional personhood amendment will guarantee that the rights of persons are not “denied without due process of law” or “equal protection under the law due to age, place of residence, or medical condition.”

“Oklahomans for Life and the pro-life members of the legislature have our gratitude for attempting to recognize the God-given rights of the preborn,” said Dan Skerbitz, Director of Personhood Oklahoma. “Personhood of, by, and for all people is the best hope for protecting the lives of the preborn going forward. Oklahoma’s pro-life electorate will stop abortion. As supreme law of the state, the Oklahoma Personhood Amendment, guaranteeing the right to life of all people, will, necessarily, have the greatest impact to that end.”

Sponsors of the Oklahoma Personhood Amendment include Daniel Skerbitz, Director of Personhood Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Representative Mike Reynolds, and T. Russell Hunter, Director of the Abolitionist Society of Oklahoma.

The petition can be found at www.personhoodoklahoma.com.

Personhood Oklahoma is a grassroots coalition of local pro-life citizens and organizations campaigning for an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitutional recognizing the full human rights of every human being regardless of their size or age.

Following in the footsteps of 19th century abolitionists who brought the immorality and illegality of human slavery to the forefront of public discussion by forming local societies, holding public meetings, producing anti-slavery literature, and helping victims of its institutionalization, the Abolitionist Society of Oklahoma has adopted the same approach in their modern-day fight against the institution of human abortion. The Abolitionist Society of Oklahoma seeks to expose the destructive nature of abortion and arouse true compassion for its victims.