I watched this video and then I decided to do my own question asking on the subject. My family are quite conservative politically. All of them would say that abortion is murder and it should be made illegal. And since I love making things extremely uncomfortable at family gatherings, I decided to ask them a couple questions about abortion. First, I asked if they thought that abortion was in fact murder, and like I suspected all said yes. Then, I asked what should the punishment be for illegal abortions? All of them paused for a long time before answering. What amazed me is that none of them said the same punishment for murder. Most said that the mental anguish was it’s own punishment and counseling should be involved. Two said they had no idea. One understood the contradiction and said, if it were murder as she had said it was, then it should be the same, but that’s not the punishment she thought it should actually be. But none of them had ever thought of it before. I made sure to ask, and each said they had never thought about the consequences that should be enacted for those who perform them illegally. I also thought it was very interesting that even knowing that it’s a contradiction, none would subject the women to the same penalties as murder.
Isn’t that a little odd? I mean if you think it’s murder, it should be simple right? Are even the religious right conditioned to think it’s less of a big deal than it is? Where do you land on the issue and if you think it should be illegal, what do you think the punishment should be for those who do it illegally?