October 9, 2012

Liberty Counsel Files Reply Petition at Supreme Court on Oklahoma Personhood Case


Washington, DC – Today, Liberty Counsel filed a Reply Petition at the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to review the proposed Oklahoma Personhood amendment case. The Oklahoma Supreme Court short-circuited the process by not allowing the people of Oklahoma the right to gather signatures, because the state Supreme Court ruled the Personhood amendment conflicted with the U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion cases. Liberty Counsel represents Personhood USA and Personhood Oklahoma. 

The Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down the ballot initiative on Personhood this spring, before it was even placed before the voters. In its two-page opinion, the court held that the proposed Personhood amendment violated the Fourteenth Amendment, as interpreted in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

The proposed amendment would have defined “person” as “any human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being to natural death.”

“This is the first Personhood case to be brought before the Supreme Court,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “This case presents an historic opportunity for the Court to address the issue of a state’s right to amend its own constitution to acknowledge what science has long recognized – that human life begins from the moment of conception or fertilization and should be protected in law from its earliest beginnings.”

Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.



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