I have always believed that the topic of abortion isn’t as complex as some people would like to believe it is. Once we know what it is that’s being aborted, we are better equipped to answer whether it should be legal or illegal. Should this procedure be permitted by law? If not, what penalty should the mother and or doctor incur? That is the question I’m asking here.
To make sure we are all talking about the same thing when I say abortion, I mean elective abortion. An elective abortion is any abortion performed for a reason other than to save the life of the mother. All others are for matters of convenience no matter how difficult the decision might be. The truth of the matter is that the vast majority of abortions are performed for reasons other than medical necessity, so we’re talking about virtually every abortion performed in the US.
My conviction on this matter is rather straight forward. All elective abortions should be illegal. Taking the life of innocent human beings without proper justification should be illegal in all cases. In fact many states recognize this in the cases where a mother and fetal child is murdered. Why not extend it to a mother who commissions the death of her own child? Elective abortions take the lives of innocent human beings without proper justification. Even without any argumentation reasonable people — or anyone not trying to defend abortion — should be able to see that given what elective abortion does, it should be illegal and carry criminal consequences.
Because there is no substantive difference between (degree of maturity and appearance) a 2 year-old and a 2 month-old, the penalty for intentionally killing the latter with premeditation should be similar for intentionally killing the former with premeditation. Why should it be any different?
I would also hold those who perform the abortion procedure as criminally culpable as the mother who sought them out, maybe even more. Self-proclaimed doctors should know better, and they do. They mislead and blatantly lie to mothers who seek the remedy they offer. Abortion activists, which include these doctors, mislead, withhold, and lie about what abortion is. They oppose ensuring the mother sees a sonogram so that she can see what is about to be removed from her body. They oppose waiting periods which would give mothers an opportunity to reflect so that a decision isn’t made with too much haste. Every step of the way abortion activists and advocates oppose providing the mother with accurate medical information as it relates to abortion which doesn’t surprise me. But doctors ought to know better, and they do know better.
What say you? Should elective abortion be legal or illegal? What penalty should the mother face for commissioning the killing of her child, if any?