A Few Questions To Other Conservatives About The Abortion Issue
No, I’m not trying to “beat a dead horse”. Truthfully, I believe abortion to be the killing of a human life equal to murder. My impression is that a lot of other Conservatives are in agreement on that point and would prefer to see abortion treated the same as murder within the context of the law. This is where it gets problematic from my viewpoint, so I’m posting this diary to try to learn what options other Conservatives might be considering on how this issue can be addressed.
Let’s say that the most logical place to start in treating abortion as murder is to place strict legal consequences on doctors and/or patients who may be directly involved in an act of abortion. Is a law of this type likely to act as a deterrent to this form of murder? Yes, it is likely to do so. However, in order for the intent of the law to succeed, very strict enforcement of the law would have to be implemented. If the law isn’t strictly enforced, then the same type of scenario occurs that has been observed with immigration, where individuals take the law into their own hands and violate the law because they are fully aware that enforcement is lax and their chances of getting away with breaking the law are greater.
When it comes down to the issue of how to enforce the law, this is where I start seeing problems. In a case of murder, the person who has been murdered has some sort of individual identification, i.e. name, address, age, gender, race, social security number, etc. Even if the identification is simply “John Doe” or “Jane Doe” of specified age, weight, height, race, gender, etc., some form of identification exists.
There is currently NO system in place that allows individual identification of a child in the womb. If this is to be treated within a legal context in the same manner that murder is treated, wouldn’t some sort of identification system have to be established? What sort of individual identification would be used for that child? What mechanisms would be used to obtain the information that there is a child in the womb so that individual identification is established? Would the law require that every health care provider to turn in the name and personal information of any woman who receives a positive test of being pregnant so individual identification for that child can be established prior to birth?
Suppose a mechanism can be developed to establish identification, what then? Would the law demand that pertinent information be turned in to government every time a prenatal examination takes place so that the government can follow the progress of that child’s development in the uterus as an effort to protect the life of that child?
What about the women who just go to the pharmacy and get an early pregnancy test? Would there be regulatory measures implemented stipulating that these purchases have to be “controlled”? Would pharmacists be required to turn in individual information about each female that purchases an EPT? Would government then follow up with review of documentation turned in by healthcare providers to determine if a “possible murder” has occurred? What kind of evidence would be required legally to prove or disprove that a murder has taken place? Is it even possible to obtain such evidence?
Or would EPT’s be banned altogether to prevent this from even being an option for females?
What about things like the “morning after pill”? Will these be banned?
How many agencies at the federal and state level would be required to enforce the law? How many government employees would be required to enforce the law? How much would it cost to enforce the law? Depending on how much and to what extent this law is expanded, doesn’t it actually increase government rather than decreasing or limiting it?
So, what happens during those periods of time when Democrats might be in a position to have greater influence in Congress or in the White House? Would enforcement of the law become lax? Or would there be safeguards in place to prevent this from happening? Depending on what happens within our society, could proactively pursuing and requiring that this type of identification system be established be used against the welfare of an unborn child if used in the context of population control?
I just have a lot of questions about what Conservatives in general may be really looking for in regards to public policy or laws pertaining to abortion, so I’m throwing questions out there to see what other people might be thinking about this.