As all eyes are on Obama and Clinton, at least one group is turning their attention to McCain. The New York Times writes about this campaign of NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) which asks how much time a woman should do in jail if abortion were outlawed.
Now I’ve never met a pro-lifer who wanted to see women behind bars. So I consider this type of fear mongering a particularly evasive strategy–the one thing pro-choicers won’t do is debate what life is. The thing is the abortion debate has never been about criminalization, but rather equality for all people. Talk about a dialogue of the deaf.
Though I suppose if legislation outlawing abortion is your main goal, you ought to be able to answer that question.
Tanya adds: This talk of imprisonment is a bit of strategy, to say the least. I doubt NARAL mentions that Poland, Portugal, Ireland and Malta share the western world’s strictest abortion laws, and have yet to send a woman to prison for having one.
So I suppose the question of “how much time” has effectively been answered. None.