This is pure entertainment TV plain and simple. And no one has produced more entertainment and fodder than one, Donald J. Trump. From his outlandish remarks and ultra tight policies concerning situations bathed in political correctness to his immature behavior towards women and people with disabilities, Trump brings ratings. Everyone wants to talk to him. Everyone wants to ask him questions. And after months and months of this, it's apparent the new is wearing off. The cat is peaking out of the bag. The lack of preparedness for the most powerful position on the planet is plain to see.
But with that said, I'd like to defend something Trump said just yesterday about a rhetorical situation that would have abortion illegal in this country. Despite Trump's aggression towards political correctness, he immediately bowed to it not once, not twice, but three times in the same day beginning minutes after answering a question by Chris Matthews (how is he still on TV?).
Trump was asked if abortion was illegal in our country, should women be charged who have abortions anyway. Pro-Life advocate Ted Cruz said no. John Kasich, who is somewhere between Pro-Life and Pro-Choice depending on the crowd, said it would be preposterous to charge a woman with a crime if she had an illegal abortion. Pro-Life claiming Donald Trump, who himself admits to being Pro-Choice including for such atrocities as partial-birth abortion in the past, immediately said that the doctors who would perform an illegal abortion AND the woman wanting to have an illegal abortion should BOTH be charged.
I couldn't AGREE more!
I think we have to define what it means to be Pro-Life. I'm not Pro-Life because I'm against the surgery procedure. I'm against abortion because I believe in the rights of the unborn. I believe life begins at conception. I believe the Bible when it says God knew us before we were born, and that He crafted us in our mother's womb. I believe the Bible when it says that God has plans for our lives before we ever live a single day. I believe the unborn to be one of, if not the, most defenseless human beings on the planet. That baby in a mother's womb is a HUMAN BEING.
If a man murders a pregnant woman, he is charged with DOUBLE HOMICIDE. Why? Because the law states that the baby is a real, living human being. Most Pro-Choice people believe the baby is a human being as well. The more despicable belief they hold however is that a woman's right to choose supersedes that of the most defenseless human being on the planet that she, herself, helped create.
Life is life and should be protected. Abortion is America's personal holocaust and we're reaping the seeds of blood and mutilation that we've sowed for years. If, and when, abortion on demand becomes illegal in this country, then the participants in it MUST be charged as with any other crime. If I rob a bank and get caught in my getaway car with my getaway driver, the driver gets charged like I do as being an accessory to the crime. If abortion was outlawed right now and a woman still decided she wanted to kill her baby and sought out a doctor to do it for her, you're darn right she should be charged with the murder of her baby.
Our justice system, as broken and messed up as it is, has different levels and degrees of consideration in terms of battery, assault, and murder. Motive is taken into account. Premeditation is taken into account. Self-defense is taken into account. Coercion is taken into account. The justice system is set up with the ramifications to determine the proper punishment for a woman who would choose to break the law and kill her baby by seeking out an under-the-table deal with a doctor to perform the ILLEGAL procedure.
When did we forget what the word "illegal" means in this country? Oh I forgot. Probably the same time we forgot what the word "discrimination" really means as well. If something is illegal and someone does it anyway, you get charged.
When Matthews asked Trump if a woman should be charged for having an illegal abortion, Trump's initial response was, "Yes." It wasn't long before Trump's handlers and the PC Police that he's railed against forever came out of the wood works calling him insensitive to women, and Trump backtracked slightly. When the pressure mounted more, Trump completely backtracked saying women should never be charged.
So let me get this straight. In a country where abortion is illegal, a woman should bear no responsibility in breaking the law if she, knowing it's illegal, decides she doesn't want to keep her baby and seeks out clandestinely a doctor to murder her baby for her? Folks either Pro-Life means that baby's life matters and should be protected at all costs and those that would harm it should bear responsibility, or it doesn't. I know it sounds insensitive right off the cuff, but the same principles applied to any other crime or situation would be deemed laughable. Illegal means illegal and life means life.
All of that is from a legal perspective. I mentioned the Bible speaking of babies in mothers' wombs earlier. The great thing about life in general is that the Bible speaks about grace and forgiveness for all of those babies once their born too. And for that, I'm eternally grateful, because I've needed a lot of it. In the fight to end abortion of which I'm proudly a part of, the church needs to also remember the call of Christ to those who have had abortions in the past and those that will do so in the future regardless of abortion's legal status in this country.
Many women who have had abortions talk about how scarring it is to them emotionally. Most speak of the regret that they have. It's a traumatic experience to say the least. Beating these women up in the press or the pulpit is neither helpful nor Christ-like. The church needs to be ready to shower women who have had abortions with love and grace and help them to understand that there is forgiveness. There is redemption. They can start again. They're not damaged goods; God still loves them; God still has a plan for their life.
Additionally, the church must go above and beyond to support, encourage, and bless women that choose life for their baby amidst the pressures to do otherwise. We must stand with single mothers who choose to go ahead with their pregnancy though they know that life will change forever and get more difficult. Christians can't be Pro-Life about unborn babies and then Pro-Choice about the same baby once he/she is born. Pro-Life is not only the belief in life, but the celebration of life. Let that commitment extend not only to the baby especially, but also to the mother and to all individuals for whom Jesus Christ died.
If the day does indeed come that abortion is illegal, then that would mean a baby's life in the womb would be just as protected as the life of a kindergarten student. If a mother decided to kill her 5 year old because she didn't want her anymore, we'd throw the book at her and rightfully so. The same rule would apply to aborting a real human being in the womb. Donald Trump was right with his initial comment. He was right up until he caved to PC pressure and went wrong. If that doesn't spell the kind of man and politician he will be, then not much does.