Let me preface this piece by saying I am 100% in favor of birth control, reproductive rights, and abortion. I have marched with Planned Parenthood to protect these rights. My mom gave to pretty much every left-wing charity you can imagine: the only one my father continues to support is Planned Parenthood. It’s personal for me as well: back in the late 1990s, I got my then-girlfriend pregnant, and we opted for abortion. It was no fun, but absolutely the right decision and if anyone wants to disagree with me, they can go suck a big bag of dicks.
THAT SAID. If you are one of the many pro-lifers feigning outrage and shock over Trump’s comments on abortion (and it IS feigned) then you are either so full of shit you’ve gone blind, you’re a liar, or you’re simply afraid to face the clear implications of your beliefs.
Last night on the BBC some talking meatstick from the Susan B. Anthony List (no, I’m not linking to their site) was going on and on about how “the woman is the victim, just like the innocent baby, and it’s the doctors who should be punished”. She was particularly upset that in the US we even have late-term abortions, because apparently there’s no such thing as a baby born with a deadly disease or horrible birth defects, or whose birth puts the mother’s life in danger. If I could have put my hands through the radio and found her neck I would have strangled her then and there.
The fact is if you believe that abortion is murder, the taking of an innocent life, then by definition the person who hired the doctor to carry out the “murder” is no less guilty than someone who hires a mobster to carry out a contract hit. The woman is not the victim here, unless the fools at SBL and the other pro-life organizations believe that A) doctors are going around kidnapping pregnant women off the streets and forcing them to terminate their pregnancies; or B) doctors are making like the serpent, luring naive young women into their offices, and dishonestly convincing them to terminate their pregnancies.
So even though he backtracked quickly, and even though I disagree with him ENTIRELY on the issue of abortion, Trump is 100% correct and the only honest man on the right: if you believe abortion is murder, then a woman who seeks out and abortion is a murderer, and anyone who helps her is also guilty of aiding and abetting a crime. It is not manslaughter, or even second degree murder: it is is willful and premeditated with malice aforethought. Under OUR laws, a murderer must be punished.
The reason pro-lifers and Republicans (ah, but I repeat myself) tie themselves in knots over this, and the reason Trump’s statement is so inconvenient, is that if most Americans took the logic of the pro-life movement to its logical conclusion, they would be horrified, just as the world is horrified by El Salvador.