I’ve just read a blog post entitled “How to stump an anti-abortionist with one simple question.” The question is this: If abortion were illegal, what should be done with mothers who get one? According to the post, asking anti-abortion protesters this question draws puzzled looks and poorly thought out responses. If Christians can’t articulate a well constructed response to this simple question, we need to work on that. I responded thusly:
If abortion were illegal, then 1) the number of women receiving them would go down drastically. The vast majority of doctors simply would not take the risk of performing an illegal medical practice. If you could find such a doctor, the cost would be high, and obviously NOT covered by any medical or insurance plan.
2) It is the abortion doctor that should be punished severely for performing illegal abortions, not the women that receive them. An illegal abortion would be performed without the regulation of authorized medical procedures, without the proper support staff and medical facilities at hand, and put the mother at great risk. These risks to life and health would discourage women seeking abortion more than legal action. A doctor that would endanger a mother’s life (as well as murder an infant) while breaking the law to do so deserves a stiff prison sentence, fine, etc.
Abortion is killing, whether it’s legal to do or not. My wife is 11 weeks pregnant. I’ve seen the ultrasound; our baby is a person.
I’ve always wondered how the abortion doctor gets around the moral/ethical issue of the Hypocratic Oath that doctors take to “do no harm.”