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WATCH: How Do You Enforce An Abortion Ban — And Why Can’t This GOP Senator Answer The Question?

WATCH: How Do You Enforce An Abortion Ban — And Why Can’t This GOP Senator Answer The Question?

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?

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 07: Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) speaks at a press conference for Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) FDA Modernization Act on Capitol Hill on October 07, 2021 in Washington, DC. Sen. Paul is introducing legislation that would end the FDA’s mandate that experimental drugs must be tested on animals before they are used on humans in clinical trials. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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.

“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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