I had always assumed that “pro-lifers”, who freely call women having abortions ‘baby killers’, and talk about abortion as a holocaust, would be very happy to throw women in jail for very long terms if they have abortions, as is done in El Salvador. So it never would have occurred to me to think that it would be interesting to ask clinic protesters what penalties women should get for having abortions. Turns out I was completely wrong. There’s a fascinating video, discussed by Anna Quindlen, that consists of just such questioning. It looks like protesters have never even considered the issue. As The F-Word points out, this is yet another manifestation of their failure to actually think about the woman involved. On the other hand, once they are forced to think about it they actually show some compassion for women, and in a way that reveals they don’t really think that women who have abortions are murderers. They think murderers should go to jail, but that the women should “be treated with love”, “be prayed for”, hopefully “feel sorry” for what they’ve done. One interviewee does concede that the women should go to jail, when pressed on the consequences of her views, but she’s clearly really uncomfortable. This looks like a really interesting line to pursue when debating abortion. The video is here.