Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

If You Want to Make it a Crime, Why Aren't You Willing to Punish it?

Hat tip to On the Pharm for this one:

It can't be embedded, but check out this YouTube link.

It seems like a perfectly logical question: if you believe abortion ought to be illegal, what do you think the punishment should be?

One little problem is that the makers of this homemade documentary go asking antiabortion protesters what they think should happen to the woman who has an illegal (their desired state of affairs) abortion, instead of what they think should happen to the doctors who do them. Small wonder that folks get downright tongue-tied trying not to answer. They have trouble with the idea of throwing women in jail, which frankly highlights their hypocrisy. If a woman held up a convenience store and shot a clerk in the process, you'd better believe she'd be hauled into court for murder without anyone breaking a sweat.

I have no doubt these same demonstrators wouldn't hesitate to toss docs into jail and throw away the key, though. Still, it's an interesting video.

(Edit: Thanks to Enoreios in the comments for pointing out Anna Quindlen's Newsweek response to this very video.)


At Sun Aug 05, 06:14:00 PM, Blogger Lynn Price said...

Ditto, Dino. You can bet a doc would be wearing orange jumpsuits in a heartbeat. I found it amazing that these people had been involved in the movement for so many years and had no answer. Hypocrisy at its finest.

At Sun Aug 05, 07:14:00 PM, Blogger Bardiac said...

I agree with Lynn; it's amazing how these people haven't thought through in the least what they're after.

I think these folks have a bizarre a sense that women really aren't responsible adults: can't control their bodies, so society should. And the logical next step is that we women don't have moral control, and so sort of can't be punished.

And then they really don't think about what it would mean when women have miscarriages, early or late. Would the state be out there trying to certify the miscarriage? Would it become a crime to not report a miscarriage? Or?

They also seem to fantasize that making abortions illegal will end them, so they don't have a clue what they'd do with women who showed up at a hospital after some problem with an illegal abortion. Imagine mandated reporting?

They just don't seem to be thinking critically on any level, and it's scary that they're out there. (And I agree; they'd be perfectly willing to go after abortion providers as murderers, even if totally unwilling to see women as responsible.)

At Mon Aug 06, 01:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I finally added my two cents to the discussion:

At Mon Aug 06, 02:22:00 PM, Blogger Sid Schwab said...

No mystery what they'd do: they'd hide out and shoot 'em. Not "would." Have.

At Wed Aug 08, 02:30:00 AM, Blogger Enoreios said...

I Just got back from a week of traveling & visiting family in several time zones, and I've had a hard time reading blogs on their computers... So, now that I'm home it's good to see that Dino's site is, as always, light reading... Take on a controversial issue for once, will 'ya?

Anyway, be sure to check out the Anna Quindlen column from Newsweek that addresses this subject.

I always enjoy her perspective.


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