Thursday, September 20, 2007

Thompson wants to jail innocent women


Since Anna Quindlen's piece came out asking "How much time should she do?", it looks like Fred Thompson apparently has an answer for that.

The presidential candidate was asked that very question while in Iowa last week, and answered that women shouldn't be criminalized if seeking abortion under the first three months of pregnancy. That's right, just the first three months. You second and third trimesters can all rot in jail.

He also said, authorities "can do whatever they want to with abortion doctors, as far as I'm concerned," but "if it comes down to giving criminal sanctions to a 19-year-old girl and her mama, I'm against that." Such consideration!

The National Institute for Reproductive Health's president Kelli Conlin responds:

"We are shocked and outraged that Thompson would even suggest support for putting women in jail. Any Presidential candidate who pledges to support overturning Roe v. Wade and making abortion illegal should acknowledge they are making abortion a crime and women criminals. They owe it to the American people to answer the question directly, how much time should a woman do? And if doctors are not able to provide safe abortion care to women facing unintended pregnancies, who will?”

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