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Tue Apr 18, 2023, 07:35 PM Apr 2023

I'm pro-choice. But I wish all these states passing abortion bans would have the guts ... [View all]

... to punish the pregnant woman who actually gets the abortion. This isn't because I think this would be a good idea-- far from it. But it would crystallize the logical outcome of what anti-abortionists are saying.

They always want to punish the doctor or medical provider. But if you really think that abortion is murder, then how can you let the person who actively seeks out an abortion and undergoes one to go free? It'd be like prosecuting the hitman for a murder but not the person who hired him.

The official reason for this is incredibly insulting and sexist-- the pregnant woman who gets the abortion is a victim too! They're deceived, or fooled, or just not smart enough, and fall prey to the abortion doctors who somehow trick them into doing something they don't really want to do.

The real reason, of course, is that it would be incredibly unpopular to do so-- even more unpopular than abortion bans are by themselves. I really wish someone would force them to admit their cowardice and hypocrisy on this-- make them face the true unpopularity of what they're doing.

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