The debate on the legality of abortion is a red herring for a deeper discussion of how much government should be allowed to regulate human reproduction. No one is arguing against the goal of more healthy babies that are being raised in happy homes. But should the government force people to have children who don’t want them? Are we going to jail the pregnant twelve year old who asks her doctor about abortion as an option? Are we going to jail the doctor for providing it?
If so, who is going to pay for the enforcement apparatus that would be needed to monitor the health care industry – local police, the state, the FBI? The fact that Christian conservatives have not thought through the sheer, massive bureaucratic logistics of this issue and been bamboozled by this emotional concept of dead babies, which no one is in favor of, is mind boggling.