Magazine May 9, 2016, Issue

Abortion and Punishment

Why women should not be penalized for the killing of their unborn children.

Should the government punish women who procure abortions? Most pro-lifers say no, but all parties to the debate over abortion have considered the question an uncomfortable one. It appears to put them in an unwinnable position. If they say yes, they hand supporters of the abortion license another reason to call them extreme, or at least to say that their view should be rejected because of its unacceptable implications. If they say no, they can be accused of lacking coherent convictions, or of lacking the courage of those convictions.

The topic came up in Roe v. Wade itself. In his opinion

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