The Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a ballot measure to completely prohibit abortion was "clearly unconstitutional."
"Apr 30, 2012, OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday halted an effort to grant "personhood" rights to human embryos, saying the measure is unconstitutional.
[O]pponents contend the measure would ban abortions without exception and interfere with a woman's right to use certain forms of contraception and medical procedures, such as in vitro fertilization. ...[..]"
Hey, those judges must have gotten an earful from the women in their families ...
Told ya - Republican attacks on women's rights only ignite their ire and determination to rise up and fight - again - for reproductive rights. Women of both parties - and even the church can't control them, because 98% of all Catholic women of child bearing age use contraceptives - that's why it's rare to see families with 13 children sitting in pews.
Republican anti-abortion zealots want to grant personhood to a fertilized egg, a little blob of jelly, and to hell with the legal rights of a living breathing fully-formed woman.
Since Teavangelicals took over the House after the 2010 elections there's been 111 bills introduced to do away with women's healthcare rights.
These Tea Partyers were elected because they were angry about money .. spending too much, big government, the deficit, blah blah. But look what we ended up with - social issues - they took us back almost 50 years. Again we’re fighting for women’s reproductive rights. Vaginal probes are smaller government?!
Well then there now .. between the Oklahoma Supreme Court and Elizabeth Warren, it makes it a bit more difficult to pretend that all we Okies are backwards redneck idiots.
Hopefully, soon I can throw away this joke:
"What's the difference between a fertilized egg, a corporation, and a woman?
One of them isn't considered a person in Oklahoma." - Kristen Schaal on The Daily Show.
And tah dah! - another piece of good news on the same day .. more war-on-women legislation struck down:
When Gov. Rick Perry moved to withdraw federal funds from Planned Parenthood, causing many clinics to close, PP sued .. then Texas Republicans began strangling funds by other budgetary means, causing dozens of non-PP locations to shut down.
Well sir, this little Texan war on women was just smacked down by Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin .. preserving Medicaid Women’s Health Program funding for PP clinics across the state, making sure that over 130,000 lower income women will continue to receive healthcare services, cancer screening, etc., until the full trial gets underway this summer .
Allow me make this perfectly clear. Everyone thinks it's all about abortion, it isn't - abortions account for only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood's activities. Without clinics for breast cancer and cervical cancer screening, these low income women will be diagnosed too late .. and the care that's available will be located too far from their homes .. and they will die needlessly.
Then there's the birth control pills, which do much more than prevent pregnancy .. they are used to shrink ovarian cysts, etc.
I swear .. with the unprecedented amount of sheer insanity pervading our politics and discourse these days, rulings like these are like a long cool drink of water after crossing a desert.