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Okla. Lawmakers Seek 'Personhood,' Other Questions (Jan 16, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An anti-abortion ballot measure that would grant personhood status to a human embryo is one of nearly a dozen proposals that Oklahoma lawmakers want to send to a vote of the people in November.

The personhood amendment is similar to a proposal that was rejected by Mississippi voters last year. But state Rep. Mike Reynolds said Monday he's modified the language to specify that the measure wouldn't apply to miscarriages or to cases where a pregnancy threatens the life of the mother.

Oklahoma lawmakers last year approved sending two ballot measures to a vote of the people - one to cap property tax hikes and another to wipe out affirmative action programs in Oklahoma.

This year, lawmakers already have proposed sending ten more initiatives to a vote of the people.

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