What should the punishment be for having an abortion?

United States
March 20, 2008 12:15am CST
I am really interested in seeing people's opinions on this topic. Many people want abortion to be illegal. However, if abortion was illegal, what should the punishment be? Should the punishment be on the woman or on the doctor? If something is illegal, that means that there is some sort of penalty that must be paid for violating the law, so please do not state things that are not within our realm. Should the punishment be higher for the doctors, the women, or should it be equal? Please note that I am pro-choice, but like to hear other people's opinions, and do not judge others for their opinions (because I hate being judged for mine!) Honest and serious replies only, please. I'm really really interested in hearing other points of view on this topic. Thanks!
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@Galena (9118)
22 Mar 08
I don't think there should be a punishment. a woman should always be able to make choices regarding her own body, and while a small minority use abortion instead of contraception, the majority of women who choose to have one, do so after a great deal of agonising. it's not a choice taken lightly.
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• United States
24 Mar 08
Thank you for your response!
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• United States
21 Mar 08
I am pro choice as well. My opinion is that if it would be outlawed to perform abortions, punishment and fine should be on the doctor who illegally performs these operations. However, if it is being done for health reasons and can be proven, then I believe that no one should be punished.
@aowaow (1516)
• Indonesia
22 Mar 08
You want to raise 12 kids in a row?
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• United States
22 Mar 08
What are you talking about?
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@skysuccess (8865)
• Singapore
26 Mar 08
I am one individual who is against abortion, however, I do not see the point of making it illegal as there are literally legitimate issues that warrants an abortion. I felt that moderation would be the best word for this and I feel that no amount and degree of punishment will influence the wayward, weak hearted and moral failures of some individuals. So, I think they will have to answer to their own conscience and higher calling. I heard that in Japan if one aborts, the couple will need to give the foetus a proper burial. In a sense, I have mixed feelings here as there are some legitimate abortions like life threatening pregnancies and pregnancies resulting from rapes. So there again, I felt that the individual in question is already "punished" and / or traumatised to a great extent for the additional punishment from the legal penal code.
• United States
26 Mar 08
Wow, I never heard that about Japan. But, I see your points. Thank you so much for your response!
@coffeeshot (3784)
• Australia
24 Mar 08
I think that sometimes having an abortion itself is enought punishment for a woman. She has to live with that decision for the rest of her life.
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• United States
24 Mar 08
Thank you for your response, and I tend to agree with you in most circumstances.
@Ravenladyj (22907)
• United States
26 Mar 08
there shouldnt be a punishment at all..Abortion is NOT illegal (well not where I'm from or currently live)...and even if it were, I'd still have had my abortion and shouldnt have been punished for it..Nobody has the right to force me, my husband or my children into a more devastating situation then what we were already in.... Once again, Abortion is NOT a black and white issue like so many Pro Lifers would like to believe....Abortions are NOT done just becuase of "rape" OR an "oops"...there are numerous reasons and valid ones at that, in between..why should there be a punishment ya know...
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@bradhart (659)
• United States
23 Mar 08
People should be rewarded for not wasting any more of the earths resources by overproducing children we can't support either financially or environmentally... Hooray for china and their one kid per woman policy.
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• United States
26 Mar 08
wow first off way brave for attempting this topic lol. Although I feel in certain cases abortion should be legal such as rape, incest ect. I think people use it too much as a form of birth control. However I think everyone should be equally responsible. I also noticed that you did not mention the father of the aborted child. I think if we are talking on punishment terms they should be blamed as well. If we were speaking on fair terms of course it is as much there fault as the womans. However I have no idea what the punishment should be.
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• United States
26 Mar 08
I'm going to have to disagree with you on it being used as a form of birth control. Many abortions happen because of birth control failure. Hrmm...and you're right. I didn't think about the father in that case. Well, since the father does not need to be contacted if a woman is having an abortion when they are legal, I guess if it were illegal he couldn't really be held accountable, either. Now, if she has the child...that's another story as far as the father's role is concerned!
• United States
27 Mar 08
I have done my research on reasons why. And most of them are very selfish, but we've already gone over that in previous posts. :) It's not just teenage girls getting abortions. It's family's that can't afford another child and can't take that financial hardship, and the woman was on birth control and had no idea that it didn't work quiet right that time. It's single chicks who hook up with a guy and thought he pulled out. There are a zillion reasons out there. However, abortion is a serious medical surgery that costs roughly $400 to do. Now that is a very expensive form of birth control that you have to actually be sedated for!
• United States
27 Mar 08
not all abortions have to be sedated for. However I could continue to argue with you but I dont have the energy or time to argue what was just my opinion in the first place so I am done now.
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• Indonesia
28 Mar 08
First of all, state should declare that abortion is illegal. Based on this rule, state should introduce a law that will make the practice of abortion could be punishable. In this regards, law-enforcement will be performed without discrimination. All those -- wife, husband, girlfriend and her lover and doctor, who get involved in abortion should get hard punishment This is the principle of equal-justice.
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• United States
31 Mar 08
All that you have stated is true. However, what would the "hard punishment" be?
• Indonesia
1 Apr 08
Get jailed for at least 5 years. It is quite fair for all they have done to deny the right of unborn child to live.
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• United States
1 Apr 08
Thank you for your response!
@newtondak (3948)
• United States
8 May 08
Abortion is killing a child and should be treated as such. All persons involved should be punished. Unfortunately, the worst punishment a woman may endure for having an abortion is psychological and moral rather than criminal.
21 May 08
Wow, so psychological trauma isn't as terrible as going to jail?
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@shannon76 (1232)
• United States
30 Mar 08
When abortion becomes illegal, I think that it should be considered as high as murder. I do still believe that there are exceptions, of course. But for the women out there that decide use abortion as birth control, then it should be punishable. Doctors as well. Not sure if they should be equal in punishment.
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• United States
31 Mar 08
Not many use abortion as a form of birth control. I think that this is a big misunderstanding. Thank you for your response!
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@shannon76 (1232)
• United States
1 Apr 08
The number 1 reason women have abortions is due to the fact that their current method of birth control failed. So what would you call it? That's right, a FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL.
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
23 Mar 08
That is a tough question. If the mothers life was at risk, there should not be punishment. If sonograms showed that the baby has a horrible, un-operable defect, and the parents choose to abort, there should not be punishment. If the mother was raped and can not bear to raise or give away the child, there should be no punishment. If the mother is CONSTANTLY getting pregnant AND getting abortions.. there should be punishment AND mental health evaluation. If it is a one time thing... the guilt should be punishment enough. The choice is between the woman and her god. I am pro-life/pro choice.. kind of a waffley road to walk.. but thats how I feel.
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@schilds (410)
• United States
23 Mar 08
I know what you mean by a waffley road. In general I would say I am pro-choice. Medical reasons are a given. And rape - the woman didn't choose to get pregnant, so yes on that one too. And I think that 1 is passable (not the word I wanted, but the best I could think of). I do have a problem with abortion as birth control though - and think that mandatory sterilization should happen after a certain number of abortions. Or at the very least a more reliable, long term type of birth control - one that isn't so reliant on the woman's resposibility. Not sure how to define it, but there is a line that is crossed.
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• United States
24 Mar 08
I agree with both of you. Mistakes happen, terrible situations happen. Abortion should definitely NOT be used as birth control, and I really don't feel that this is the case in most places. Abortions are an expensive medical procedure, therefore, I don't think that many people would use this all the time as a form of birth control. Thank you for your responses!!!
21 May 08
Well, if some idiots did manage to make it illegal to prevent another being from using your body I would want a few things to happen. 1) EVERY adult MUST give blood every 4 months. 2) EVERY adult human MUST be put on the the organ and bone marrow donor list. They will have NO choice as to whether their body parts are used by someone else. Anyone that does not adhere to this, any doctor that does not force someone to go through this will receive the exact same punishment as a woman having an abortion or a doctor performing an abortion.
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• United States
16 Jun 08
Wow. This has been one of the better responses. Awesome! I actually do donate my blood every 57 days. Tee hee. But I agree with you 100%. Thank you so very much for your input.
@jesbellaine (4140)
• Philippines
22 Apr 08
In our country, abortion is not accepted or it is illegal since you are killing an innocent child so for me, if there will be a punishment for abortion then I think the greater punishment would go to a woman if she is the ONE who really decide to abort the baby. It could be years or so but also, the accomplice should deserve lesser years for participating on that action.
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• United States
28 Apr 08
Thank you for your comment. However, saying that the accomplice deserves less years to me doesn't make sense. If someone pays someone else to get killed, both the person hiring the person to do the killing and that person get pretty sever penalties. Thanks again for your input!
• United States
1 Apr 08
I am pro choice, I feel that a woman should be capable to make this decision. But I do believe there need to be some stricter guidelines in place. The amount of time that a woman can get an abortion should be lowered. And if a woman is constantly have abortions than something defiently needs to be done.
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• United States
1 Apr 08
I tend to agree with you. Although it would be very hard to put these guidelines into effect. Thank you very much for your opinion!
@anniepa (27957)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I don't think there are that many people who would like abortion to be totally illegal, relatively speaking. The majority of people think it should be legal, safe and rare, which is also my own opinion. In answer to your question, there should never be any punishment for having an abortion! If you're referring to late term abortion, that's a whole different topic. I'm against that with the exception of the life and/or HEALTH of the mother or if the baby would have no real quality of life, such as being in a permanent vegetative state. Annie
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• United States
31 Mar 08
Abortion is murder, period. I don't think we can ever try to go around the bush and say it's not. Let's call spade a spade and cut the crap. It is murder and it must be meted with the stiffest punishment ever. It's a kid in there. How can we be blind in saying it is not worthy of seeing the world. We are not the judge of the lives that are in store for them, are we? At least for countries who still chooses to judge correctly and stipulates that abortion is illegal, not to mention strictly immoral, those who may be found guilty of committing abortion should land in jail for the rest of their lives. And all accomplice my suffer in a lesser degree depending on their role. If in certain cases these mothers or fathers still have children to take care but has to land in jail for committing abortion, then the government must ensure that their children are well provided and are still taken good care of despite their parents serving their life sentence for committing murder. Murderers, frustrated killers and those who commit sorts of homicide suffer the same. Why can't abortionists.
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• United States
1 Apr 08
Thank you very much for your response! I'm glad that you actually pointed out the living children. Most people just fight for the unborn child's right, and then mentions nothing of the child or children that are born. I disagree with you on several points, but a great post none the less. Thanks again.
• United States
29 Mar 08
I think the abortion itself is punishment enough...People don't realize the emotional toll an abortion will take on a person. Most of the time women get abortions because they're usually cornered and feel that they have no other option. After the abortion, they have to deal with the fact knowing they killed their own child and they think about the what if's. If abortion is illegal then those women will just find more dangerous, unsafe ways to abort themselves because a doctor is unavailble. If anything, the doctor should be punished more because he should not have done the procedure in the first place, and direct her to other options like adoption.
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• United States
31 Mar 08
Thank you very much for your response. I agree that the emotional and physical toll that the woman goes through is punishment enough.
• United States
28 Mar 08
I think that any punishment should be left to the Creator i.e., God. The after effects emotionally for women who have had abortions is punishment enough. Although I am pro life, I think that making abortion illegal would force many to go back to using coat hangers in dark alleys. There certainly is no easy answer to the issue.
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• United States
31 Mar 08
Thank you so much for your response! It's good to see a pro-lifer not yelling about murdering and stuff like that. You are right about making it illegal forcing many to go back to dangerous ways. Thanks so much!!!
• United States
28 Mar 08
Honestly I do not believe there should ever be a punishment for having an abortion. First and foremost it is not an easy decision to make, your body suffers from physical and emotional turmoil. I am very pro-choice and if I sound like I'm yelling I apologize. I strongly feel that if a woman is going to bring a child into a horrible environment she shouldn't. I am having a hard time imagining a punishment but want to answer your question. IF it's on the doctor than they won't do it and we will be back to coat hangers. I have to say than that it should be on the woman in hopes of encouraging birth control use more reliably. I cannot think of a proper punishment though, maybe a week or two in jail. Just enough for them to realize that they "made a mistake" but not enough to destroy their life.
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• United States
31 Mar 08
Thank you very much for your response. I, too, have a hard time thinking of what a "proper punishment" would be for something like this. However, if it were made illegal, there would have to be some form of punishment. Thanks again, and I don't think you sounded like you were yelling.
• Philippines
23 Mar 08
The punishment should only be for the woman because, they're the one who decide or the one who made the choice to have an abortion and not the doctor. And the punishment should be.. uhm? she should die too? or go to jail.
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