Spartanburg quack wants to punish pregnant people with jail time for having abortions
Spartanburg — The genie is out of the bottle.
Robert Jackson, a quack who runs his own business in Spartanburg, wrote an op-ed for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal on Sunday calling for a total ban on all abortions and contraceptives and for prosecuting people who possess birth control and people who seek abortions.
As a pro-life physician, I have wondered for many years why the pro-life community has not called for legislation that would prosecute abortion doctors for murder — for, in fact, thatʼs what we call them: baby murderers. I have wondered why we do not similarly call for legislation to prosecute women who seek abortion services since we know that the majority (not all) do so willingly and in full awareness of what they are doing. (If this awareness is not legitimate, then why do depression, suicide and post-abortion syndrome skyrocket after an abortion procedure? See “Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion” by Theresa Burke.)
If the pro-life community is convinced that an unborn child is a human being created in the image of God, deserving of every right to life that we enjoy as born citizens of South Carolina, then why would we not prosecute a woman who knowingly kills her unborn child by paying a hired assassin (abortion doctor) to kill for her?
The circumstances that might drive her to do so are immaterial. There are no circumstances, no matter how desperate, that justify the killing of an innocent, unborn human being. Anyone who does so should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
My contention is that if I can be prosecuted for killing Thomas, whom we know and love, abortion doctors should be prosecuted for killing babies we donʼt know, and so should the mothers who pay doctors to do their dirty work. This is the hard truth that we have avoided for years.
How quickly abortion would disappear if a few abortion doctors and their accomplices were prosecuted for murder! Ponder that!
This is what pro-choice advocates have been raising the alarm about for years: that anti-choicers like Jackson wanting to prosecute pregnant people for seeking abortions. Yet we were dismissed as being hysterical and the like.
There are at least three recent examples of pregnant people being prosecuted for having abortions (and yes, miscarriages are abortions no matter how loudly Lila Rose and her astroturfing followers protest this fact) – with the most obvious examples being Jennie McCormack and Purvi Patel.
There are no scare tactics on the pro-choice side. What we do is post cold, hard facts about what happens when abortion is criminalized. Laws against abortion do nothing to stop abortion. It only makes law abiding citizens as criminals when they get pregnant and make law abiding doctors as criminals just for performing a medically necessary procedure.
And the fact that Jackson laid bare the true agenda of the anti-choice side so clearly, it is up to every civilized person to make sure that the anti-choice agenda is stymied at every turn, and that we as a nation adopt New York-style laws on abortion that would no longer criminalize a necessary medical procedure for pregnant people.