When Donald Trump said the other day that women who have abortions should be punished if the procedure is banned, it raised many eyebrows. Predictably, on the left, because it’s an appalling thing to suggest; and, if I had to guess, on the right because that’s one of those things you’re not supposed to say out loud. (Not that Trump is the only anti-abortion zealot to have missed that memo.)
But, as appalling as the idea is, this wasn’t actually one of the crazier things Trump has suggested — at least, not if you take “pro-life” ideology seriously. After all, if abortion is treated like — if it is — murder, as the pro-life movement argues, of course there have to be penalties associated with it. That’s just logical.