Oklahoma "personhood" law to grant embryos rights as people fails

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Posted: Apr 19, 2012 4:38 PM
Oklahoma "personhood" law to grant embryos rights as people fails

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A proposed 'personhood' law in Oklahoma that would grant embryos full rights as people from the moment of conception failed in the state's legislature without ever coming to a vote in the House of Representatives, a state lawmaker said on Thursday.

Republican lawmaker Sally Kern said the Oklahoma House speaker had announced the failure of the bill, a version of which passed the state Senate in February and which the Republican-controlled House had been expected to approve.

(Reporting By Steve Olafson; Writing by Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Paul Thomasch)