Why? Because the talking heads articulated a problem I had never considered, despite the thoughtful consideration I've given to the issue. My views have softened over time, but Mr. Trump's confusion and final declaration as Chris Matthews pressed him on abortion stopped me in my tracks.
(start at 0:19)
"Yes, there has to be punishment."
"For the woman?"
"Yes, for the woman"
In pre-Roe America, my college years, everyone knew someone who knew someone who would drive you to Syracuse to the doctor who did abortions. That was all the information you needed; anything else was too dangerous to share.... not for the woman in distress, but for the person performing the procedure. The danger to the woman was from the procedure itself; only the abortionist had to worry about The Law.
Obviously, that's absurd. If it's illegal, it's illegal. All parties should be held to the same standard. It's obvious and it never occurred to me before Mr. Trump mentioned it.
The hole in my logic astounds me.
The talking heads tell me that this is the dirty little secret that anti-abortion proponents want to keep in the closet.
That closet has a strong set of hinges. I never managed to get the door open myself.