Abortion is now a crime in Oklahoma – Oklahoma state legislators have approved a measure that would make abortion a felony for doctors, with potential penalties that include removal of their medical license and a maximum prison sentence of three years.
The state House has approved the measure last month with a vote of 69-15 and sent it to the Senate, which passed it yesterday with a vote of 33-12.
Senate Bill 1552 now goes to Governor Mary Fallin to sign or veto it. However, the new abortion bill will automatically become a law, should Fallin, who was sworn into office on January 10, 2011, refuse to sign or veto it.
However, there are few exemptions. Abortion will only be allowed if it is to preserve the life of the mother or to remove a miscarriage.
Pregnancies resulting from a man making love with is daughter or a woman making love with her son can not be terminated. Also pregnancies resulting from women being forced against their will can not be terminated.
Some Senators maintained the fact they support the bill because state government is responsible for protecting life in the state. According to Republican Sen. Nathan Dahm: “Since I believe life begins at conception, it should be protected, and I believe it’s a core function of state government to defend that life from the beginning of conception,” Dahm said.
Sen. Ervin Yen, a Republican and the Oklahoma state Senate’s only physician described the bill as “insane.”
According to Cheeky Dave, who is also against the bill:
“The use of political office to impose religious beliefs on people that do not practice that particular or any religion is an abuse of power; an abuse of power is simply tyranny, which I am sure these republicans will say that they are opposed.”
In this case, the wealthy women will be able to go to another state and have their abortion done if they do not wish to have any child while the poor ones who can not afford to go to other states to do the abortion will have no other option than to have the baby.