Abortion Abolitionists Successfully Lobby Oklahoma Legislature to Treat Abortion as Murder
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., March 4, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Hundreds of supporters of a recently filed Petition Initiative to Abolish Human Abortion in Oklahoma have been lobbying the Oklahoma Legislature to put forward a bill criminalizing abortion as murder. The original plan was to put a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting abortion on the November ballot. The question would have allowed the people of Oklahoma to vote to end the practice of abortion or to retain it. But, the ACLU of Oklahoma filed a protest, halting the collection of signatures and forcing the Oklahoma Supreme Court to allow or deny the abolitionists their right to petition their government on behalf of the people. In light of this, supporters of the amendment have turned to the legislature.
Now they have a legislator who has added their language to his existing anti-choice bill.
Senator Joe Silk (R-Broken Bow) has heard their cry. In response to their petition, Sen. Silk has incorporated the language of the abolitionist amendment into his existing anti-abortion bill, Senate Bill 1118, which states that “A person commits murder in the first degree when that person performs an abortion,” and defines abortion as “the use or prescription of any instrument, medicine, drug or any other substance, or device to intentionally kill an unborn human being.” Furthermore, the bill declares that the measure is to take an immediate effect upon passage “for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety
When you add in the fact that many on the anti-choice side feel that many common forms of birth control, i.e. the pill and IUDs are in fact abortificants then OK is about a 1/2 step away from becoming The Handmaid’s Tale
I fully expect that this bill will die in committee, but the very fact that somebody was willing to even suggest such extreme legislation should be a warning to all.