One question that arises every time the question of the right to abortion comes up is the issue of practicality: if an abortion ban is put in place, what are the enforcement measures, and who will they be enacted upon?
Donald Trump made waves in the run-up to the 2016 election with a declaration that the person receiving an abortion should face punishment for the medical procedure, though he couldn’t say what. A portion of a transcript via Politico is reproduced below, and the full conversation about abortion between Trump and MSNBC‘s Chris Matthews is available here.
MATTHEWS: Do you believe in punishment for abortion, yes or no as a principle?
TRUMP: The answer is that there has to be some form of punishment.
MATTHEWS: For the woman.
TRUMP: Yeah, there has to be some form.
MATTHEWS: Ten cents? Ten years? What?
TRUMP: I don’t know. That I don’t know. That I don’t know.
Trump later claimed to have meant that there should be legal consequences for the abortion provider, not for the individual receiving the medical care.
Now Senator Mike Braun can be seen in a similar dilemma, insisting that abortions should be “eliminated from the landscape” but unwilling or unable to state his own opinion on the best way to enforce that.
Pressed by Chuck Todd to detail his own views on how an abortion ban should be enforced, Sen. Braun hems and haws but refuses to detail his ideas. Pathetic. pic.twitter.com/o6qfy9adRV
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 5, 2021
“Would you criminalize abortion?” Chuck Todd asks.
“I’m perfectly comfortable with doing it,” Braun responds, hesitantly, “Just not at the level where everybody’s gotta live with the same thing. When you’re talking about criminalizing it, all you’re doing is taking this to a logical extreme that you’ll never get to anyway.”
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