Oklahoma is on the verge of becoming the first state to pass a “personhood” bill. The state Senate has already passed the bill and the House is expected to pass the legislation as early as today.
When Representative Lance Kinzer introduced the bill he stated, “This is what I did over my summer vacation.” He should have gone to Disney World instead, since he appears to be related to Mickey Mouse.
My state has one clinic and 17 crisis pregnancy centers. We rank 50th in the nation for for women’s reproductive health by NARAL, which slapped us with a big fat F. Guttmacher’s stats confirm; we also rank 50th in the nation for efforts to help women avoid unintended pregnancy. As a citizen of North Dakota, I feel deeply ashamed to be heralding from a place that, frankly, I’m not so surprised by.