On February 6, following Personhood USA’s push to proclaim fertilized human eggs the same as grown humans, the Republican dominated Oklahoma legislature introduced the bill known as “Personhood Bill” SB 1433 to the Senate Floor. In response, Democratic State Senator Constance Johnson attached an amendment to the bill that would ban the spilling of semen in any location other than a woman’s vagina.
According to the report in thelostogle.com, the amendment would outlaw masturbation by men, and all forms of sexual activity “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.” Monty Python would be so proud!
She later removed the measure stating that she wanted to emphasize the absurdity of the bill and its sexist undertones that is inherent in Personhood movement.
Another State Senator Democrat Jim Wilson, attempted to add an amendment to the same bill that would require the father of the child to be financially responsible for the mother’s welfare for the duration of the pregnancy, including housing, food, transportation, and all medical costs.
As you may have guessed, this amendment also failed.
Oklahoma’s pending Senate Bill 1433 says that the fetus “at every stage of development (has) all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of this state.” If Senate Bill 1433 becomes a law, all forms of abortion and various forms of contraception could be considered murder and therefore illegal.
A similar bill to Senate Bill 1433 was defeated at the polls in Mississippi in November, 2011.
Remembering the legendary Christian and Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell’s stance about masturbation and sexual purity in the Bible, it is perplexing that the Senator Johnson’s amendment did not garner any support in Oklahoma Senate.
Between the years of 1907 and 2008, only 77 women have been elected to the Oklahoma state legislature, and currently less than 20 is serving out of a total 149. But who better to pass laws about women’s bodies than a group of men who will never have to worry about the consequences of their religious zealotry?
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