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Oklahoma Senate Passes Controversial "Personhood" Bill

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Oklahoma has become the latest state to mobilize behind so-called "personhood" legislation, which would define the beginning of human life as at the moment of conception. The state Senate passed such a bill, 34-8, on Wednesday and it looks likely to sail through the House as well, the Oklahoman reports.

Virginia House legislators also passed a pair of anti-abortion bills this week, including its own personhood measure. The other bill would require women to have an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion. A version of the ultrasound legislation has already passed the state Senate and Republican Governor Bob McDonnell is expected to sign the bill into law, CBS News reports.

Neither McDonnell nor Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin have weighed in on their state's respective personhood bills, but Fallin has a record of supporting anti-abortion legislation and is expected to sign it if it reaches her desk.

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