The Oklahoma legislature has approved a bill that makes the performance or induction of an abortion a felony, and any person found guilty of participating in this procedure can be punished with between one and three years in the state penitentiary*. This pertains to abortions at any point in fetal development, starting with the moment of conception. Oklahoma has ruled that life begins at conception. The deliberate taking of this human life could, then, be considered a form of murder.
This raises questions about penalizing the mother. Nothing was reported about how she should be punished, or if she should be punished. One cannot deny the fact that a women seeking an abortion in Oklahoma would be be aiding and abetting a felony. Is that not equivalent to a woman hiring a "hit-man" to murder her child?
And, of course, since the "morning after pill" could, if fact, be considered an abortifacient, I guess any woman resorting to such a pill to end a pregnancy could be sent to the state penitentiary for up to three years.
*Physicians are apparently exempt from imprisonment, their punishment being limited to loss of license.
Addendum: Oklahoma's governor, Mary Fallin, has subsequently vetoed this bill.
According to the measure, known as SB1552, a person who performs or induces an abortion will be guilty of a felony and punished with between one and three years in the state penitentiary.