By Matt K. Lewis
Donald Trump’s comments today that there has to be “some form of punishment” for a woman having an abortion upsets years of Pro-Life orthodoxy meant to maintain the delicate tension between a politically palatable policy and one capable of defending the most unborn lives.
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In truth, like the notion that there should be exceptions for rape and incest, the notion that only the abortion doctor (not the woman having the abortion) should face penalties, is inconsistent with the notion that “abortion is murder.”
Yet these political compromises are necessary in order to cobble together a palatable and defensible (if admittedly inconsistent) public policy position that might someday actually be able to win the argument in mainstream America.