An Oklahoma Sen. has introduced a bill in the state Senate which would make abortion a crime.
Christian Today reports that the bill, known as S.B. 1118, says: “No person shall perform or induce or attempt to perform or induce an abortion after conception. A person commits murder in the first degree when that person performs an abortion as defined by Section 1-745.5 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes.”
The bill was introduced by Sen. Joe Silk and defines abortion as “the use or prescription or any instrument, medicine, drug or any other substance or device to intentionally kill an unborn human being.”
The bill also makes it clear that life begins at conception.
About 30,000 Oklahoma residents have signed a petition asking state lawmakers to ban abortion, according to Christian Today.
"[W]e hereby respectfully demand that our state government stop protecting the murder of children by abortion within its jurisdiction and establish justice for all pre-born human beings in our state," the petition reads. "We demand that our legislators stop passing laws to regulate abortion and instead outlaw all abortion as murder."
The petition aims to stop abortion now rather than years in the future. Silk’s bill is in line with the pro-lifers cause.
Another bill has been introduced by state Sen. Nathan Dahm which would revoke the licenses of doctors who perform abortion and charge them with one to three years in prison.
A hearing for the bills is set for Tuesday in the Oklahoma Senate.
Publication date: March 8, 2016