Liberty Counsel continues its efforts to convince the U.S.
Supreme Court to take a case involving Oklahoma's personhood
While proponents of the measure, which defines life as beginning
at fertilization, were gathering signatures in a petition drive to
get the issue on an election ballot, the Oklahoma Supreme Court cut
the drive short by ruling that the measure conflicts with past U.S.
Supreme Court abortion decisions.
Counsel founder Mat Staver says that is a premature
"First, the people have a right to vote; they have a right to be
able to amend their state constitution, and that's in fact what
they want to do," he notes. "We believe that this case is one that
the Supreme Court could rule upon and ultimately send this back
down to the people in Oklahoma, allowing them the opportunity to
vote on this critically important issue."
Staver points out that groups like the American Civil Liberties
Union and Planned Parenthood always want to prevent the people from
voting on such language.
"[It's] because they're afraid of the consequences," the
attorney asserts. "They're afraid because of the people's will to
protect innocent human life."
He believes that will happen if Oklahomans are given a chance to
vote on it.
The U.S. Supreme Court has not yet decided whether to hear the
case, but word on that should come within the next 30 days.