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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

More questions

Via Digby again, today I found this video of a person interviewing anti-abortion protesters and asking them how a woman who has an abortion should be punished if abortion is made illegal. Now, it's not as if I expect these protesters to be geniuses, or even competent most of the time, but the fact that almost none of them had ever considered the question is mind-boggling. Only one of them would admit that yes, if abortion is illegal, then maybe a woman who gets an abortion should do hard time. Others said that no punishment was necessary, as an abortion was "punishment enough" or that "God would judge." That's an interesting theory of criminal justice.

These people spend so much time screaming "abortion is murder" that they don't seem to make the connection: if abortion is murder, then women who get abortions and the doctors that perform them are guilty of murder, and their punishment should be strict, up to and including life in prison or the death penalty. That's what happens to murderers. But no, that seems just beyond their grasp. Even the South Dakota abortion ban makes getting/performing (I'm not sure which) an abortion a Class 5 felony, in the same class as possessing half a pound of pot. Abortion is murder indeed.

Why didn't anybody move to amend this law to charge people who get abortions with murder, and call the anti-abortion nuts on their logic? I would certainly do the same if I had the chance.


At 6:30 PM, March 07, 2006, Blogger Axinar said...

Quite obviously because this law was passed by one of the most hypocritical groups of people in human history ... the right-wing Christians ...

At 10:42 AM, March 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm seeing numerous blog posts relating to boycotts of South Dakota and/or products from South Dakota. Anyone interested in such things can start here.


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