Yes! Another abortion thread! I guess it’s just that time of year.
From data from the CDC, 88% of legal abortions performed in the United States in 1999 (the latest year for which information seems to be yet available) were performed in the first 12 weeks of the pregnancy. In 1974, 82% of legal abortions were done in the first 12 weeks; the percentage of abortions carried out in the first 12 weeks peaked in 1980 at slightly over 90%, and was steady at just about 88% throughout the 1990’s.
So, as the title says, should abortions performed in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy be a crime? If so, who should be prosecuted for them: Doctors who perform such abortions? Women who obtain them? And what should the penalties be?
Presumably those who identify as “pro-choice” will simply answer “no” to the basic question, so I’m mainly interested in the replies of those who identify as “pro-life”. In answering the question, assume we are talking about women obtaining abortions to end unwanted pregnancies, not women who are victims of rape or incest, and not women whose pregnancies pose an immediate danger to their lives.
For the record, I call myself “pro-choice”, and I don’t believe that abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy should be illegal, nor would I place any legal restrictions on such abortions based on the women’s motives for having them; i.e., “rape or incest” vs. “contraception”.