The Sons of Liberty-Oklahoma State Senator Joseph Silk (R-Broken Bow), has recently done what few “pro-life” representatives have done when presenting legislation and that is he has introduced legislation that would criminalize abortion as first-degree murder no matter when it occurs.
Silk has been praised by those of us in the abortion abolition movement for his courage to not define a time of heartbeat or number of weeks the child is alive, but simply deal with the crime of the murder of the unborn.
According to SB1118, “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.”
A petition, which was circulated by the Abolitionist Society of Norman, was signed that called for the immediate abolition of abortion in the State of Oklahoma. That petition had the signatures of over 30,000 Oklahoma residents and was signed just ahead of Silk introducing his bill.
“[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 read. “We demand that our legislators stop passing laws to regulate abortion and instead outlaw all abortion as murder.”
“We demand that these changes be made now—not five, ten or fifteen years down the road,” the petition continues. “In short, we the people of the state of Oklahoma demand the total and immediate abolition of human abortion as the legal, constitutional and moral duty of our elected and appointed officials.”
According to the bill, abortion is defined as the intentionally killing of “an unborn human being” with “any instrument, medicine, drug or any other substance or device.”