During an interview, presidential candidate Donald Trump was asked if women should be punished for having an abortion if it’s banned under the law. He stated that “there has to be some form of punishment”. There was an immediate backlash from both the pro-abortion side and the pro-life side. It’s obvious why those in favor of abortion would hit back, but why would those who know that we were the same person in the womb that we are today disagree?
To overturn Roe v. Wade, the United States Congress must pass a new law affirming that we were the same person prior to our birth that we were following our birth. This law has been proposed by Senator Rand Paul and is known as the Life at Conception Act…
Whereas: Because of Roe v. Wade, more than 56 million unborn children have died through abortion; and
Whereas: In Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court declared it could not resolve “the difficult question of when life begins” – and on the basis of this unresolved question, declared a new “right to abortion” based on a “right of privacy”; and
Whereas: The 14th Amendment to the Constitution states: “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law”; and
Whereas: In Roe, the Supreme Court admitted: “If . . . personhood [for the unborn] is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [Fourteenth] Amendment…” (Roe v. Wade [410 US 113 at 156-7]); and
Whereas: Science is clear that human life begins at conception when a new human being is formed; and
Whereas: The American people oppose abortion-on-demand and want innocent human life to be protected especially when it is most defenseless; and
Whereas: It belongs to Congress to resolve the question the Supreme Court said IT cannot resolve; and
Whereas: A Life at Conception Act, by declaring that unborn children are persons legally entitled to constitutional protection, will rescue millions of unborn children from dying by abortion-on-demand;
Therefore: I urge you to cosponsor and cast every vote for a Life at Conception Act, and to do everything necessary to win ultimate passage in the United States Congress.
It then follows that if this act is passed, those who kill a preborn person must be held accountable for their actions. Under this law, killing a 20 week old preborn child would be the exact same crime as killing a 20 week old post-born child. How then could a mother who kills her toddler be charged while a mother who kills her preborn child not be charged?
If one can be punished while the other cannot, then justice is no longer blind and the entire concept of human equality is therefore null and void. This would then throw the entire legal system into disarray and sentencing those who commit crimes will become an impossible task because each person who commits the same crime can be held to different legal standards. Murdering a teenager could carry a different penalty than murdering an adult because their ages differ.
The backlash from pro-life organizations was founded on the idea that only abortionists should be charged with murder, not the mother who paid them to do the killing and provided access to the child being killed. This would mean that if a husband paid an assassin to kill his wife, only the assassin could be charged, not the man who ordered her killing. This is not a world we want to live in.
We cannot criminalize abortion — the killing of innocent living human beings, without holding all those involved in their killing accountable. Mothers who allow an abortionist to murder their child would be complicit in that criminal act and must be punished as well.
If we are going to end the human atrocity of abortion, we must strip away all euphemisms and all hypocrisy. Those in favor of slavery often made the argument that freeing the slaves would create too many difficult legal problems, yet few would argue that their freedom wasn’t worth the effort. Nor that those who enslaved people following their emancipation should not be charged with a crime.
We will never be an equal and just society so long as our own sons and daughters can be killed on demand and without apology — without consequences. Donald Trump was absolutely correct and should stand unapologetically in defense of those scheduled to die today at the bequest of their own mothers who know exactly what they are doing.
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