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Oklahomans Gather, Protest Loudly, Against Personhood
Hundreds of people gathered on the north steps of the Capitol in Oklahoma City on Tuesday to protest legislative efforts to declare that "personhood" begins at conception. They were loud, enthusiastic and, at times, off color. The protesters donned aprons and took off their shoes to illustrate their contention that the declaration would be a throwback to when women had few reproductive or career choices. Senate Bill 1433, by Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, is pending in the House after securing approval in the Senate. Another measure, House Joint Resolution 1067, by Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, proposes to put the issue to a vote of the people. But Rep. Gary Banz, R-Midwest City, said the measure would not be heard in the House Rules Committee, which he is chairman of and where it was assigned.