Even though the Supreme Court hasn't accepted the appeal,
efforts to approve a personhood amendment in Oklahoma will not
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.
But Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver tells
OneNewsNow this is not the end of the line for the personhood drive
"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,"
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