The Roe v. Wade Opinion actually spoke to this
Donald Trump caused a firestorm recently when being grilled by Chris Matthews of MSNBC as to whether there should be punishment for women if abortion is made illegal. Trump, who clearly never thought about this before, said what any rational person would say – “Yeah.”
This caused a chorus of furor from the GOP, Trump’s presidential opponents, countless pro-life/pro-family groups, and every leftist in America.
But what Trump said was a no-brainer.
Any thinking person understands that when something is legislated as a crime, there is a consequence if you commit the crime. If abortion is murder – and it is – the woman should be punished.
But see, the “pro-life movement” in this nation has made the woman into a victim. That’s right – they actually want us to believe that the woman who hires a paid assassin to murder her own child is in fact a victim herself.
There is something absurd about calling abortion the capital crime of murder (as pro-lifers and Christians rightly do), and then saying there should be no punishment for the person who hires a paid assassin to murder their own son or daughter. This moral schizophrenia is an insult to the very nature of justice.
Having stood outside abortion clinics for hundreds of hours, I can assure the vast majority of women coming to murder their children know exactly what they are doing. If it were illegal, they would all be without excuse.
I remember when I was young hearing a Right to Life leader say that abortionists should only be given a ticket the first time they are caught committing an abortion. That statement, coupled with his follow-up that women should receive no punishment at all, left me thinking – so what’s the big deal about abortion?
If those who are opposed to abortion think the penalty should be a ticket and nothing at all, surely the killing of the preborn cannot be that big of a thing. Abortion is just a “not-nice” thing. Do you see the inconsistency between calling abortion “murder” and then stating such penalties for committing such an act?