Suit filed over Oklahoma personhood ballot measure

Mar 30, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and a New York abortion rights group are suing on behalf of several Oklahoma doctors to stop an initiative petition that seeks to define a fertilized human egg as a person.

The group filed a protest with the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday that contends the proposed constitutional amendment is unconstitutional because it threatens the rights of women. The group also maintains the proposal violates the state's single-subject rule and that the explanation of the amendment is unclear.

An anti-abortion group launched the petition drive earlier this month, saying they want to ban abortions in Oklahoma and lay the groundwork for a legal challenge to the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized the practice. They want the proposed amendment on the November ballot.