If abortion is illegal and a woman gets an abortion, why isn't she responsible?
Indeed. This is one of those vanishingly rare times when Trump is correct: if abortion is murder, then women who procure abortions should be punished as accessories to murder. It's the same as if a woman hired someone to kill her husband. The law punishes both
the trigger man and the wife. We don't say "that poor woman, she didn't know what she was doing when she hired that killer. She's as much a victim as her late husband. Society forced her into that decision. She should be pitied, not jailed."
I heard an anti abortion activist make that statement with a straight face on a morning news show.
Probably this interview on NPR
. Marjorie Dannenfelser, head of the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, said:
But the pro-life movement's position nevertheless, as I mentioned before, connects the woman and the child, both of their outcomes, together. And to punish the woman and - is to compound a problem that is already existing in the culture that led her to make that choice in the beginning.
Or, to put it another way, women can't be trusted to make decisions on their own. If they abort their children, it's only because society made them do it.