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SB 1433 has already passed the state Senate, and is now in the House, set to come to the floor about 1:30 today.

Reproductive justice advocates (Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and Planned Parenthood) have mounted a significant campaign against the legislation, and has (finally) been joined by doctors publicly opposing the measure.

The Democrats have also been busy, and have proposed 22 amendments, which seek to lessen the severity of the Act and create both friction and cover for legislators to ultimately vote against the bill (many say they don't like it, but will they have the courage to vote accordingly? )

OCRJ will be in the gallery today, starting at 11. Personhood supporters put out a call for their people to come at Noon. OCRJ will be in PINK, personhood in BLUE: the gallery should be colorful!

OCRJ will be live tweeting and updating on Facebook if you want to follow along:

live tweeting @ OK Capitol 2day's #personhood vote in House. Follow @ocrjpinkwave or #ocrj #sb1433 Also FB at http://snipr.com/... #okp2 #p2
This is our first attempt at live tweeting, so be gentle if we are not experts yet.
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"Unconstitutional"

So said District Judge Brian Dixon today in a ruling on Oklahoma's ultrasound law. The law never went in to effect, and now never will, said representatives of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, which was a party in the court challenge brought by the NY based Center for Reproductive Rights.

This is a victory for Oklahoma women, certainly for OCRJ and its supporters, but they can't celebrate long, because yesterday the Personhood Bill passed through the House Public Health Committee and its next stop is the House floor (it already passed the Senate).

If you can help OCRJ continue the fight, please donate here.

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Mark Faulk, a documentary filmmaker and prominent member of Occupy Oklahoma City (OccupyOKC), discovered he was on the no-fly list when he attempted to check in online and then at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City.

I received the following press release, which at the time of this writing contains all I know about the matter.

Mark has been deeply involved in the OKC Occupy movement since it started last summer.

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Preface/Update: In comments Rashaverak points to a much broader and better diary here. How is this diary not on the Rec list? Please go rec it!


There are several ways to fight this Rush Limbaugh problem. One is to go after his advertisers, and a number of diaries the past few days have covered that area pretty well, and no doubt will continue to do so.

Others are, appropriately, looking at taxpayers supporting Limbaugh broadcasts on Armed Forces Radio, and that's a worthwhile path.

But let's not overlook another very good approach to keeping this issue front and center for a good long while, and making everyone involved in enabling Rush's ugly attacks and dangerous lies.

I say we file FCC complaints en masse, and make it local, local, local. Every complaint has to be investigated and refuted. We can keep these irresponsible jerks very busy cleaning up after their star "entertainer."

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Generally, I hate this kind of diary, so apologies in advance. But there are so many diaries ranting about Operation Hilarity and purporting to represent all or even a majority of this site, that I had to pipe up, as if my opinion was just as universally significant.

I don't give a fig really about OH because I don't live in one of the affected states. I live in Oklahoma, and frankly,  I have bigger worries than who's going to win the GOP ugly contest.

That said, I agree with Booman, who, alas, doesn't seem to have posted his take on OH here on DK -- perhaps he thought it would get lost in the sea of oyster spit.

It's not complicated. The Republicans have decided to hold open primaries in several upcoming states (Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee and Vermont). What does that mean? It means that anyone can vote in their primaries. You don't have to be registered as a Republican to vote. In other words, you are invited to vote in the Republican primary. If you choose not to because you aren't a Republican, that's your choice. It's like turning down a dinner invitation because you hate the hosts. But showing up isn't unethical. It won't subvert the democratic process. It's not even a dirty trick. They asked you to come. If they didn't want your opinion, they would have closed the primary.
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By a vote of  34 to 8, the Oklahoma Senate has passed SB 1433, the Personhood bill. Several Democratic Senators argued valiantly against it, after it had been lobbied hard by women's groups, doctors groups, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and others. The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, which coordinated much of the lobbying, released the following statement.

In passing such an extreme bill as Senate Bill 1433, the Personhood Bill, the Oklahoma State Senate has put the people of Oklahoma in harm’s way. This bill, defining a fertilized human egg or embryo as a “person”, and thus prohibiting abortion, will make any pregnant woman who miscarries a murder suspect.  It will force a pregnant victim of rape or incest to give birth to the predator’s child.  Couples who wish to start a family using in vitro fertilization will be out of luck in Oklahoma, since no doctor will risk charges of murder to practice this advanced medicine.  Couples who wish to postpone a family will find it more difficult since this bill will make many contraceptives illegal.

This government intrusion into the most private lives of Oklahomans is an attack on our basic freedoms under the constitution which we all hold dear.  Not what we would hope from our state legislature!  Our government should be focusing on jobs in the present economy rather than getting involved in our personal healthcare decisions.  It is doubtful that any companies will want to move to Oklahoma when their management and employees and their children would be subject to a law like this.  In addition to all its other problems, this is an anti-jobs bill.  The Oklahoma State Senate has let the people of Oklahoma down in a big way.

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A friend's 79-year old father, a former Republican, drew this cartoon. The friend posted on Facebook and gave me permission to post here and anyone to share.

The artist's name is Tom Glover. He has a website and Facebook page

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It's not right to gloat at other people's discomfort .... but

You gotta think they had it coming. Well, I peeked over at what the poor deluded souls at FoxNews.com were saying about the latest news on the SGK fiasco, and was not disappointed.

Below the squiggle is a tiny fraction of the anger and dismay going on over there -- maybe even a smaller fraction that the percentage of funds SGK gives to actual services and research.

So join me in briefly admitting to gloating in the reversal of fortunes in this war on women. ... Until the next battle, of course.

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Update 4: See action items pulled from the comments.

This hasn't been diaried yet?

AP Exclusive: Amid abortion debate, Komen cancer charity halting grants to Planned Parenthood

Just saw this on Facebook, where their page is being bombarded by comments pro and con (mostly in appalled disgust, from what I can tell). Yes, the seemingly benign Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has announced that they have bowed to the radical anti-women forces and will stop funding breast exams at Planned Parenthood. PP of course is in the crosshairs of the radical right, which they want to destroy like they did ACORN.

The nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is halting its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates — creating a bitter rift, linked to the abortion debate, between two iconic organizations that have assisted millions of women.

The change will mean a cutoff of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, mainly for breast exams.

Anyone with a lick of sense, or true concern for women (post-fetal) knows that this decision will lead to MORE women suffering and dying with cancer. How much further will this Christian crusade against reason and reality continue before decent people say NO MORE!

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Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM PST

In defense of my fellow Oklahomans

by peacearena

Remember that recent diary about an Oklahoma legislator who has proposed a bill to "outlaw aborted fetuses" in food? It was another field day for Kossacks to point and laugh at my adopted state. And with fodder like that, it's not easy to rise up and defend the mental well-being of Oklahoma voters. Slight comfort that the bill's author clarifies that he only means to address the use of embryonic stem cells in our food by those evil liberal food manufacturers, he really wasn't thinking about abortion at all, unlike all those other bills he regularly writes.

Well the embarrassing story is now on the web site of the state's major daily, a right-wing rag which itself is an embarrassment,  yet even there, the urge to laugh and point is just barely contained. In fact, you can make some further assumptions, if you like, regarding the delay in covering this local story.

But we surely can't draw any hope from employees of wingnut christian billionaire Phillip Anschutz so I would like to draw your attention to the article's comment thread. I think it gives credence to my new sig line.

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I moved around a lot as a kid and young adult. Due to that, combined with my incredible shyness until I was well past adulthood, I don't have any friends in my life now from before I was 30.

Then, in 2003, I was forced by personal circumstance (joblessness, health issues) and family need (aging parents) to move to Oklahoma, where I didn't know anyone besides my family.

Let me just interject here, for emphasis, that I -- one of those apparently rare people who started out extremely liberal and has gotten further Left with each passing year -- never in a million years expected to be living in Oklahoma, much less make it my (probably) permanent home. Life brings some damn strange twists of fate.

I know for a fact that, if my move to Oklahoma had not coincided with the birth of the netroots, I would be in a padded room right now.

So, when "Auld Acquaintance" plays, I don't have much context to build up any tears for old friends of days gone by.

But start talking about " Virtual Community," and, honey, on a night like tonight, the tears will start to flow.

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This morning the city council in Oklahoma City voted 7-2 to add "sexual orientation" to the city's personnel anti-discrimination policy.

This comes three weeks after new council member Dr. Ed Shadid, undoubtedly the most progressive person ever elected to the council, or maybe any office in the state, introduced the resolution.

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