People are going to make mistakes. This is something that the anti-abortion laws don’t seem to acknowledge. At face value, they appear to be attacks on the woman’s right to choose to carry a child or not. They are more than that.
I believe that this campaign is something much deeper. I believe that it’s about converting the United States government from one that is agnostic about religion to one that favors one religion over all others: Christianity.
Consider the following: Abortions are legal and easy to get in Israel. They view the fetus as an appendage of a woman’s body until it is born. Now look at our unflinching support of Israel. Long ago I read about a group of people called “Messianic Jews” on Medium (I’ve tried searching for the article, can’t find it). The takeaway I got from that article is that a sizeable contingent of Christians (though not the majority) believe that the Jewish people living in Israel are the chosen people, and those same Christians believe that if they support Israel will go to heaven too, just by demonstrating their support. Really, I’m not making this up.
As far as I can tell, all of this evangelical muckraking is about turning America into a Christian nation that puts Christianity above the rest of them. TV host Rick Wiles is a case in point. He’s rabid. He’s fanatical, and he wants to impose a Christian theocracy on the rest of us.
Overturning Roe v. Wade is about that. It’s a small step in that direction, but it would only embolden more steps in that direction. After that, they will go after school prayer, government funding of religious schools and on and on.
I noticed your use of the phrase “innocent child” in your post. That’s a clear marker for where you lean. I can empathize. But I also see that those who care for the “innocent child” don’t seem to care much about that child once he or she is born. To me, that’s hypocrisy.
If you want to enforce responsibility, you start by giving the kids and young adults the skills they need to make better choices. By the time you’re talking about punishment, it’s too late.
Christianity isn’t a rabbit's foot that prevents bad choices. What is required is better skills training and transfer. This is irrespective of whether or not the unborn child is innocent. So if you aren’t making an effort to prevent abortions by teaching the skills required to avoid them, you do not have clean hands to enact laws that ban abortions.