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A few years ago, I read that the pro-choice faction had come up with a new strategy: When encountering people who think all abortion should be criminalized, press them to describe what the criminal penalty for the pregnant woman should be. Because, obviously, no one would seriously propose penalizing the woman.
So let me ask you, Ricochet: if you believe abortion should be a crime — and assuming the woman is sui juris and voluntarily undergoes the procedure or purchases the necessary drugs — then why shouldn’t she subject to criminal penalties in a post-Roe world? If you believe it’s murder, isn’t the mom-to-be guilty of contracting a for a hit on the fetus?
For what other crime do we take the tacit position that justice is inadequate to deal with the behavior the law prohibits? What Trump said yesterday before walking it back — that if abortion were made illegal, there would have to be some punishment, even for the woman — is no more than logical.
You’d think the Left would commend him for pointing out the inevitable consequence of criminalization, and the Right would commend him for endorsing a penalty designed to deter abortion. But instead, people on both sides are attacking him like rigid extremists.
Trump is the Napoleon of American politics, deposing long-established tyrants and desecrating altars. If his colossal expenditures of his talent and his wealth end in defeat and personal ruin, then at least (to paraphrase Byron) he will be wearing the shattered links of his country’s broken chain.