Oklahoma senator wants to classify abortion as felony homicide

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KOCO) -

An Oklahoma lawmaker has proposed a new bill that would ban abortion and allow women who undergo the procedure to be sentenced to life in prison.

Republican Sen. Joseph Silk, from Broken Bow, filed Senate Bill 13 on Thursday, which would prohibit the use of abortion in any circumstance.

The bill would, “provide to unborn children the equal protection of the laws of this state. Any abortion procedure that results in the death of an unborn child is subject to the same laws governing homicide, manslaughter, justifiable homicide, and excusable homicide. Additionally, wrongful damages may be recovered by representatives of the deceased.”

The bill further states that, "physicians, physician assistants, abortion clinics, and counseling services cannot provide any counseling, referrals, or services related to abortion. No exceptions are allowed under the measure."

Silk proposed a similar bill in 2017, but that bill failed.

Read the full language of the bill here.

Silk sent KOCO 5 a statement Friday, saying, "Senate Bill 13 is a bill that calls for a total abolition of human abortion in Oklahoma. If signed into law, SB 13 would classify abortion as murder. This measure shows that Oklahomans value and protects life at stages."