Supreme Court Nixes “Personhood” Appeal

By Bill Mears/CNN Supreme Court Producer

The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to review an abortion-related appeal, a sign the justices were not eager to jump into the contentious social issue.

The case dealt with the constitutionality of state “personhood” laws that say life begins at conception, and would give human embryos the rights and privileges of citizens.

Initiative Petition 395 is a proposed ballot measure to amend Oklahoma’s state constitution, but was unanimously struck down by the state’s supreme court.

Those justices said the measure, if approved, would unconstitutionally ban access to abortions, and concluded that defining a fertilized human egg as a person “is clearly unconstitutional.”

The high court gave no reason why it decided not to review the Oklahoma case.

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