Protecting Life, Not Punishing Women

By Tim Bradley

The treatment of women seeking abortions has arisen several times during the ongoing election cycle. Some abortion advocates claim that pro-lifers want to punish women seeking abortion. They argue that women were punished for having abortions before Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in 1973 and that if Roe is repealed women will once again be subject to punishment.

Those leveling these charges may sincerely believe that the logical implications of the pro-life position— that each and every human being, at any stage of development and condition of dependency, possesses a right to life simply by virtue of being human and ought to be protected by law from having that life taken from it—entail that women seeking abortions should be punished for their cooperation in an act that ends an innocent human life.

Are they right? Accurate knowledge of the history of abortion law in this country before 1973, the legislative efforts of the pro-life movement to

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Star Parker
Star Parker is an author and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education.
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