“Buried among prairie dogs and amateur animation shorts on YouTube is a curious little mini-documentary shot in front of an abortion clinic in north suburban Libertyville. The man behind the camera is asking demonstrators who want abortion criminalized what the penalty should be for a woman who has one nonetheless. You have rarely seen people look more gob-smacked. It’s as though the guy has asked them to solve quadratic equations. Here are a range of responses: ‘I’ve never really thought about it.’ ‘I don’t have an answer for that.’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Just pray for them.'”
“A new public-policy group, the National Institute for Reproductive Health, wants to take this contradiction and make it the centerpiece of a national conversation, along with a slogan that stops people in their tracks: How much time should she do? If the U.S. Supreme Court decides abortion is not protected by a constitutional guarantee of privacy, the issue will revert to the states. Some states, perhaps many, will ban abortion. If abortion is made a crime, then surely the woman who has one is a criminal. But, boy, do the doctrinaire suddenly turn squirrelly at the prospect of throwing women in jail.”
“They never connect the dots,’ says Jill June, president of Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa. But her organization urged voters to do just that in the last gubernatorial election, in which the Republican contender believed abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape and incest. ‘We wanted him to tell the women of Iowa exactly how much time he expected them to serve in jail if they had an abortion,’ June recalled.”
“There are only two logical choices: Hold women accountable for a criminal act by sending them to prison, or refuse to criminalize the act in the first place. If you can’t countenance the first, you have to accept the second. You can’t have it both ways.”
What would penalty for abortion be?, by Anna Quindlen, Chicago Sun Times, August 8, 2007 (via Mr. Dan Kelly)
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