A 'handcuffs project' for abortionists

An interesting project has been undertaken by the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League.

Today [Jan. 22]—the forty-second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision—the Pro-Life Action League sent an special care package to every abortion clinic in the United States.

Inside: a picture of Naresh Patel, the Oklahoma abortionist arrested last month, along with a pair of plastic handcuffs and a signed note from me reading, ‘Could you be next? If you want to get out of the abortion business, give me a call.’ I also included my cell phone number.

This project was inspired by the arrest of abortionist Naresh Patel last month at his abortion clinic for telling women that they were pregnant when they weren’t so he could sell them abortion drugs. Patel has been charged with fraud and racketeering, and his Oklahoma clinic remains closed.

Over the years, there have indeed been several abortionists who decided to leave their murderous “profession” thanks in part to the efforts of dedicated pro-life activists.

League spokesman Tom Ciesielka says that “former abortionists Dr. Anthony Levatino (Las Cruces, New Mexico), Dr. Beverly McMillan (Jackson, Mississippi), Dr. McArthur Hill (Wheat Ridge, Colorado), and Dr. John Bruchalski (Fairfax, Virginia), are among those who have spoken out with the Pro-Life Action League about their change of heart.”

Which brings me to something that most pro-lifers ostensibly don’t like discussing: whether at least some abortion-procuring women should be put in jail if and when abortion is criminalized.

Is each and every abortion-procuring woman a victim?  Some pro-lifers say yes.  I say no.

That doesn’t mean I believe all abortion-procuring women are perpetrators.  I do think a number of these women are threatened and coerced by boyfriends, husbands, family members, and predatory men, thus greatly diminishing or even eliminating their culpability.  But women who freely choose abortion – just like mothers who murder their toddlers – deserve jail time, no?

Maybe, but maybe not.  I’m a bit torn.  The reason?

There was an argument made recently (in response to a pro-abortion writer’s questions addressed to pro-lifers) by Jason Scott Jones and John Zmirak that gave me pause.

8. If zygotes are people, abortion is infanticide, a very serious crime….Why should women who hire a fetal hit man get a pass?

For the same reasons that a doctor who attempted to assist with suicide ought to be imprisoned—instead of his unfortunate patient. Destroying one’s child is so self-destructive and unnatural that it ought to be treated more like a suicide than a murder attempt. Attempts to portray abortion as a minor surgical procedure or a lifestyle accessory have foundered on the agony of women who know the truth, from bitter experience. We wish to protect women and their children from the ultimate medical malpractice.

Hmm.

On one hand, I agree.  On the other hand...I dunno.   

Well, we can continue this debate if and when abortion is criminalized (as it should be).  In the meantime, let’s keep fighting the good fight while doing our best to change minds and hearts.