The Authoritarian Position on Abortion
Here’s a question I saw posted on a comment board somewhere else: is opposition to abortion inherently authoritarian? And here’s my answer: opposing abortion is not authoritarian, but wanting to outlaw it is.
Before anyone gets offended by this, think about the war on drugs. You don’t report your dealer to the cops. Your dealer doesn’t report you. And there’s no victim reporting the crime to the police. So how do the cops learn about it?
Through sneaky, nasty authoritarian ways. Spying. Phone-tapping. Government-funded propaganda campaigns urging young citizens to rat each other out. Even people who have never touched drugs are affected by a law that can only be enforced by requiring the cops to invade people's privacy, and fosters an "us vs. them" mentality between the cops and the folks they supposedly protect and serve.
Now apply the same problems to illegal abortion. A woman who has one won’t report herself to the cops. Whoever performs the abortion won’t report it either. If first-trimester abortions are made illegal, what methods will police use to make sure the law’s enforced?
Before you answer, consider that we already live in a country where harmless cold medicines are banned because they might be used to make methamphetamine. Students who take aspirin are expelled from school because they might be taking happy pills instead. Police roadblocks checking every driver on a given street are acceptable because someone might be driving drunk.
We now live in a country where the government and police think it’s perfectly acceptable to place restrictions on the lives of the innocent because some of them might be guilty. And with that in mind, I ask those who’d like to see abortion made illegal: how, exactly, do you suppose the police would enforce this ban?