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Anti "Personhood" Group To Rally On Oklahoma Capitol

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A group of Oklahomans opposed to bestowing personhood to fertilized eggs is planning to rally at the state Capitol from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. today.

Oklahomans Against the Personhood Act (OATPA) is planning to rally Tuesday afternoon at the state Capitol in opposition to the state Senate's passage of a bill that grants the rights of personhood to fertilized human eggs.

Tulsa Republican Sen. Brian Crain, who wrote the bill, says the intent is not to ban abortions, but to send a message that Oklahomans believe life begins at conception. He says the bill is modeled after a 1986 Missouri law that was later determined by the U.S. Supreme Court to be constitutional.

Critics of the bill include doctors and others who say the measure could jeopardize reproductive medicine and outlaw certain forms of birth control.

OATPA's demonstration will feature Sen. Constance Johnson and several other speakers from the medical and activist communities.

There will also be a voter registration table and information from the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Oklahoma Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and other organizations.

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