Anti-abortion activists who want to outlaw the procedure entirely have usually shied away from answering the question as to what punishment should be meted out to the women and doctors who get abortions anyway, since they know that there is not much support for putting such people in jail. Most people realize that people get abortions because they are desperate and should not be treated as criminals.
But some legislators in Iowa view abortion as a crime that should carry similar punishments to murder and have introduced a bill that goes even further, defining even a zygote as a person and arguing that the termination of any pregnancy that occurs under any circumstances, even rape, should be pursued by prosecutors in the same way as they would a murder.
The bill was introduced by a Republican legislator and is expected to die without becoming law since Democrats have the majority in the Iowa legislature. But we should expect similar attempts in other states, especially those in which Republicans are in control.