In the case of an abortion, who is the criminal? Is it the mother, doctor, baby, father? Different people could conceivably give you different answers.Jill Stanek tackles this issue in her latest column while responding to criticism over South Dakota’s ban on abortions:
The latest speculation by abortion proponents is if Roe v. Wade is overturned, aborting mothers will be hunted down and locked up.
“In this new movement toward criminalization, El Salvador is in the vanguard,” Hitt concluded.
The reason for Hitt’s piece was clear: to frighten U.S. women that “forensic vagina inspectors,” as they are called in El Salvador, may soon come pounding on their doors.
Surprise – Hitt is a professed liberal who is so far to the left that he has guest hosted on Air America Radio.
So – surprise again – when describing the South Dakota and Salvadorian bans, Hitt omitted one critical difference: While the Salvadorian ban criminalizes both the abortionist and aborting mother, South Dakota’s ban solely criminalizes the abortionist.
So the answer in South Dakota, and for me, is the abortionist. This is also a whole lot easier to manage when stopping abortions and stops criminalizes the back-alley abortionist variety.
While the mother, in the midst of her emotional and physical stress, made the decision to go to the doctor and bears some blame (maybe as an accomplice), the doctor that performed it was the murderer.