So anyways I would like to hear what the other pro-lifers in here think - Tribulus, Cortes and Sloth (if you’re still here):
What exactly do you want to see happen? If abortion is made illegal, what penalty should a woman who receive for consenting to an abortion? [/quote]
This is a very good question.
My personal opinion is that the abortionist (the person performing the abortion, that is) should receive the most severe punishment. This should massively reduce the number of abortions overall, pretty much literally overnight from the time the law goes into effect. The punishment should be the same as for premeditated murder. The abortionist is no different than a hit man, a specialized one. No leniency whatsoever. Life in prison sounds good to me.
I’m honestly not sure about the woman herself. Do I think she, personally, should be punished? Yes. However, the problem arises that, every time a woman has a miscarriage, she suddenly becomes a murder suspect. Is she now subject to possible criminal charges? Invasive inspections of her body by the state to determine whether or not a crime has been committed? I can only see that ending badly, possibly badly enough that it actually results in a repeal of the law preventing abortions again.
I would rather let go the odd woman who murdered her child and curtail the vast majority of abortions by focusing upon the people who perform the acts, the abortionists themselves.
However, I would like to hear more about this. It’s a topic that certainly has not received much treatment here, which is rare.
The Church has always held that the woman is the second victim of abortion. The doctor is, of course, in normal circumstances, culpable for his actions. Also those who helped her with the abortion have some degree of culpability; that is a different matter though. We are talking about the doctor and mother.
The mother is culpable to some degree, depending on her baptism; however, I’ve never seen that she has been culpable criminally.
My own opinion on the matter: A woman who is willing to kill her child is either in need of mental help and/or some kind of sustenance, either way her culpability is usually lacking criminally.