Okla. personhood down, not out

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Even though the Supreme Court hasn't accepted the appeal, efforts to approve a personhood amendment in Oklahoma will not end.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court last spring halted the personhood petition drive to let voters decide whether to define a person as any human being from the beginning of biological development until natural death (see earlier story). This week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)But Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow this is not the end of the line for the personhood drive in Oklahoma.

"We may consider one of two, or both options: One is to initiate a separate action in court regarding this matter, or two, ask the legislature to change the statute so that the Supreme Court does not have the option to interfere with the initiative process," Staver explains.

Few other states permit courts to interfere in that fashion.

"Before the signatures were even allowed to be gathered, [the Oklahoma Supreme Court] stopped the initiative process -- that, I think, takes away the right of the citizens to amend their constitution, which is the most basic right that we have in America," the attorney contends.

The drive for personhood constitutional amendments will continue in The Sooner State and other states, and Staver predicts one of the cases will eventually end up before the nation's high court.

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