Let’s say Roe v. Wade gets overturned and the majority of states decide to ban abortion. The conservatives, of course, feel righteous and victorious about their successful effort in preserving Innocent Life.
Bouyed by this major achievement, they decide the fight is not over.
Will they go after pregnant smokers?
Will they charge mothers with a crime if their children are born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome?
If someone suspects that a pregnant mother is being neglectful of her health (like eating a poor diet) or engaging in risky behaviors (like exercising too streneously or taking teratogenic drugs), could that person report her to the authorities? Would certain people be obligated to do so (like teachers, social workers, etc.) as they would if they had witnessed a child being abused? Will reported mothers risk losing custody of their babies once they’re born?
After every miscarriage, will a birth certificate be issued? Will an autospy or other forensics examination be required to ensure that the death was natural, not induced? If you were a person with a documented history of “fetal abuse” and you have a miscarriage, will you get a heavy dose of scrutinization from the authorities?
I’m not saying any of the above inevitably follows from a ban on abortion. That would be a fallacy! However, it seems to me that by equating abortion with murder, we imply that the fetus is the same as an infant and is therefore entitled to the same rights and protections that we give infants and other dependents.
Pro-lifers, is my understanding correct? And if it is, would you support laws that penalize mothers for being unsafe “incubators”? Why or why not?