1. ABORTION WARS

    ‘Personhood’ to Fight Okla. Ruling

    FILE - In this Thursday, March 1, 2012 photo, Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a news conference held by Personhood Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. The group, which wants to ban abortions in Oklahoma, is launching a signature drive with the goal of amending the state Constitution to define a fertilized human egg as a human being. When lawmakers take aim at abortion, they draw on an ever-growing arsenal of restrictions and mandates imposed on women, doctors and clinics. But do these measures reduce abortions? It's a question with no simple answer. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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    Personhood USA, the group that seeks to define human embryos as legal persons, said Tuesday it would go to the U.S. Supreme Court after a citizen-led ballot initiative in Oklahoma was struck down by that state's Supreme Court. The ballot initiative had been challenged by the Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union, among others; the court ruled the initiative unconstitutional on Monday. Separately in Oklahoma, a personhood bill had recently passed the state Senate but failed in the House when the lower chamber refused to bring it to a vote. Personhood USA President Keith Mason said he sees the recent developments as a "momentum builder."

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