Personhood Amendment Passes In Oklahoma Senate
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma could become the first state to legally define that individual rights belong to an embryo from the moment of conception.
The Senate approved the bill which some say is an attempt to outlaw or restrict abortion rights but it also has unintended consequences, according to the mother of 5-year-old Gavin Gayanich.
"We did several years of fertility treatment to get him. I feel like I won the lottery every day. I wake up every morning and this is what I have because of in vitro fertilization and this bill will prevent us from getting another child," Julie Gayanich said.
Representative Mike Reynolds said Oklahomans are looking for clarity on this issue.
"You couldn't change the language to say that life begins at conception except in the case of rape. That doesn't make any sense," Reynolds said.
Gayanich's main concern is the definition as it pertains to conception and fertility treatments, something Reynolds hadn't considered.
"It is not my concern whether that doctor is in business or whether an abortionist is in business. I'm not here to take away their profit, but this law is about saving human life and defining human life," Reynolds said.
"That makes me very sad, it really does. We are so happy to have this little boy and it was a long road to get him. We are certainly grateful for our fertility doctor," Gayanich said.
Some say doctors who offer fertility treatments could go out of business if the bill passes making it that much harder for women like Gayanich to conceive.
"We pay our taxes here. We live here, we love our state and we think we should be able to pursue the kind of medical treatment that everyone else gets," she said.
Last year, Mississippi voters rejected a similar bill which would make abortion and the Plan B pill illegal
Representative Reynolds said the only time a woman wouldn't be penalized under the law would be if she had a miscarriage.
The personhood bill now heads to the House for consideration.