Lessons from the Defeat of the Oklahoma Personhood Bill

Religion Dispatches associate editor, Sarah Morice-Brubaker, explains what we can learn from the now defeated “personhood” bill in Oklahoma. Despite wide support in the state’s legislature, endorsements by the state’s governor Mary Fallin and Oklahoma’s Catholic Bishop, Paul Coakley, Morice-Brubaker offers two main reason why the bill’s deadline expired without it crossing the governor’s desk: “1) Deep disagreement, between the personhood movement and more mainstream pro-life Oklahoma voters and legislators, on the advisability of amendments to the bill; and 2) The development of ill will between the personhood lobby and the Republican representatives.” 

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