I'm having a little discussion with a commenter at The Other McCain about abortion. I know more than a few social conservatives read this blog so maybe they can help me out. Here is the comment I was replying to:
The Indentured Servant Girl said...So I have a few questions.
M. Simon: women were not, and would not be charged with murder for procuring an abortion. It is the doctors that the law goes after.
You mean the women are not at least accomplices in premeditated murder? Then abortion is not really murder is it?So could one or more of my social conservative friends please explain it to me? If abortion is murder why wouldn't the woman involved be at least charged as an accomplice to premeditated murder? After all in these kinds of cases (the vast majority any way) the woman is not kidnapped against her will and forced to get an abortion. She is an active participant and pays money to get the job done.
Suppose there is no doctor? Just a black market RU-485 pill? Or ergot? Or oxytocin? Or a heavy dose of birth control pills? Still not murder?
It would be really nice to see a person with real conviction arguing that abortion is murder. I have yet to find one.
The question for me is enforcement. How intrusive will the government have to get to make it work? Weekly pregnancy tests? (the Drug War precedent) And of course with new technology coming on line - maybe electronic sniffers to look for changes in the body? Then every miscarriage becomes a murder investigation.
Wouldn't it be safer for your liberties to keep government out of it and just convince women not to have an abortion?
So is abortion premeditated murder or not?
Well maybe pregnant women are not in their right mind. So I could see that as an out. Of course that argues that pregnant women ought not be allowed to vote. Maybe menstruating women too. In fact with the monthly hormone roller coaster ride I can see a lot of things women in their child bearing years should be denied the opportunity to do. You know how some women get PMS? We need laws to protect us from those she devils.
Or maybe the government should just stay out of reproduction all together. It might just wind up another expensive boondoggle like the Drug War.
Cross Posted at Classical Values