Group against 'personhood' bill to rally at state Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY - A group of Oklahomans in opposition to a "personhood" bill that recently advanced out of the Senate committee will rally at the state Capitol.

Oklahomans Against the Personhood Act (OATPA) has said the group will rally Tuesday afternoon in Oklahoma City in defense of reproductive rights.

The rally is in response to the passage of Senate Bill 1433, which grants full rights of personhood to fertilized human eggs.

OATPA says SB 1433 threatens the legality of many forms of birth control as well as other reproductive choices.

The bill's author, Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, says it isn't intended to outlaw abortions but rather to declare that Oklahomans believe life begins at conception.

The bill is modeled after a Missouri law passed in 1986 that was later deemed constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tuesday's rally will feature Sen. Constance Johnson, D-Oklahoma City, and several other speakers from the medical community.

2NEWS Reporter Liz Bryant traveled to the Capitol Tuesday.  She'll have more on this story on 2NEWS at 6 p.m.

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