Hundreds of women gather at the Oklahoma Capitol to protest personhood bill

Protesters held off-color signs, donned aprons and took off their shoes to show the measure was a throwback to when women had few reproductive or career choices.
BY BARBARA HOBEROCK - Tulsa World Published: February 29, 2012

Hundreds gathered Tuesday on the north steps of the Capitol to protest legislative efforts to declare personhood at conception. They were loud, enthusiastic and, at times, off color.

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 House Rules, which he serves as chairman and where it was assigned.

Protesters donned aprons and took off their shoes to show the measure was a throwback to when women had few reproductive or career choices.

“Women brought you in 2 the world,” read one sign. “Women will vote you out of this Legislature.”

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