If abortion becomes illegal, should women be punished and put in prison for having an abortion?
"No. The woman is a victim too."
"Yes. She should be prosecuted for murder."
"Not sure. I haven't thought about it."
For a series of blunders by real "pro-lifers" caught on video go to:
Warning: not healthy to hear these responses
Most of the leaders and mentors in the Pro-life movement, along with the politicians trying to win our allegiance, have recently weighed in on this question of "what if" concerning abortion-on-demand.
Blunders, blunders, blunders abound!
Many people I admire and consider my mentors in our effort to abolish abortion in our land have blundered through this media-inspired series of "gotcha" questions.
Those of us who labor every day to see the end of child sacrifice in America cringe and ache over the lack of clarity and focus within the "pro-life" movement on some of the "gotcha" questions.
Wanting to sound compassionate to the "what if" questions, we wind up sounding like hypocrites or shallow; and those listening to our answers know it, only to write us off as insincere or foolish.
It should be said here that abolitionists must have solid, reasoned, and rational answers to the challenges that will result from the end of child sacrifice in America. So in one sense those asking the "gotcha" questions are asking legitimate questions.
Some years ago another politician blundered the "gotcha" question of "what about pregnancy from rape?"
After that blunder, eventually, the leaders of our Cause formed and articulated a reasonable and sound answer that is effective in dialogue with people who struggle with that proposed exception to ending abortion-on-demand.
Here we go again some years later. Let's get it right.
Questioner: "If abortion becomes illegal, should women be punished and put in prison for having an abortion?"
Answer: "By the sound of your question, you seem to have a desire for justice.
So I need some understanding of your question. Why would abortion become illegal?"
Questioner: Because everything you people want to happen, ending abortion, would come true and the law would be changed."
Answer: So again I must ask for clarification; why would our country change the laws and the Supreme Court overturn Roe vs Wade? Something must have happened for the people of America to end abortion-on-demand.
Questioner: "Well, I guess your belief that an abortion kills a living human being is the reason abortion would become illegal."
Answer: So the premise of your question would be that our society had finally come to the conclusion that abortion is an act of violence that kills a little boy or girl?
Answer: Trent Horn, a well-known activist for ending child sacrifice, stated the correct response to this question.
"When I am asked about how women who choose illegal abortions should be punished, I reframe the question in order to get at the moral logic that hides behind our conflicting emotions. The larger question we should ask is, "What punishment should women receive when they kill any of their children, born or unborn?"
Questioner: So what is your answer?
Answer: It would depend. There are numerous existing laws concerning the killing of children and the "new" law banning abortion would seem to fit quite well into the existing laws of homicide.
Trent Horn also stated: "The most honest answer is the same answer we give for every other crime: 'It depends.' In fact, if the pro-life advocate is stuck in a sound-bite situation, he can simply say that punishments for crimes are complex matters, but protecting the innocent is simple, and the pre-born should simply be protected under the law. Punishments for crimes are not uniform because they are based on the killer's intent and the circumstances involved and not just on the kind of crime committed. Not every homicide is considered first-degree murder, and punishment for homicide can vary from the death penalty to probation.
For many women, abortion has been legal for their entire lives, and in the United States there are no public education campaigns to discourage them from having an abortion (unlike for other harmful things such as smoking). Professional medical organizations endorse abortion, and many women choose abortion when their partner, family, or health-care provider suggests or imposes it upon them."
Questioner: So you're saying women who have abortions should be punished?
Answer: If a society concludes killing innocent children is evil and is a crime against humanity, then it must, of course, establish laws to protect the children from those who would intentionally try to do them harm. A just society will also establish laws that will protect men, women, and children from predators, such as abortionists, drug dealers, pedophiles, and sex traffickers.
When the society has created laws to protect all human beings, born and pre-born we should aggressively go after those criminals who prey on women and their children.
There is an excellent short YouTube video by activist Stephanie Grey on this matter of punishment for those who kill their offspring. Please watch it for more on this matter.
A well reasoned, solid, Biblical response.
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