Pro-life supporters were dealt a setback as the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that a ballot initiative regarding the "personhood" status of the unborn was unconstitutional. The court said the proposed ballot measure conflicted with the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Roe v. Wade.
he highest court in Oklahoma ruled that the personhood amendment backers hoped to get on the state ballot is unconstitutional. The court blocked it, saying it was "void on its face" because the nation's highest court has already ruled on the issue of abortion.
Personhood Oklahoma, a state affiliate of Personhood USA, filed the ballot initiative on March 1 hoping to be able to have until the end of May to gather the 15,000 required signatures needed to get the measure, that would purportedly ban abortions, on the state ballot.
While some pro-life advocates support Personhood Amendments, others recognize the only way to end abortions is to first change the makeup of the Supreme Court to pave the way for the reversal of Roe v. Wade. They have said courts, like the Oklahoma Supreme Court, will overturn Personhood Amendments as conflicting with Roe until the high court has a better composition of judges -- which can only be obtained by defeating pro-abortion President Barack Obama this November.