If abortion is made illegal, how much time will a woman serve?
Across the country, anti-choice legislators have passed more than 1,000 laws that shame, pressure, punish – even criminalize – women who have decided to have an abortion.
In an attempt to educate the public about the Republican National Committee (RNC) platform’s implications for women who have abortions, the National Institute for Reproductive Health launched an aggressive, multi-platform advocacy campaign asking a critical question that anti-abortion activists have refused to reckon with: “If abortion is made illegal, how much time will a woman serve?”
The RNC Platform
This concerted, decades-long effort to push abortion completely out of reach for many women is embodied in the Republican National Committee (RNC) platform’s position on abortion. Since 1984, the RNC platform has called for a human life amendment to the Constitution, coupled with its long-standing endorsement of the panoply of anti-abortion policies that have been passed in states across the country.
The 2016 platform continues that trend by stating:
Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.
What does that mean?
A human life amendment that establishes the fetus as a “person” under the Fourteenth Amendment could ultimately result in Roe v. Wade (Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, 156-57) being reversed, and could grant fetuses a constitutional right to life, which the government would be obligated to respect.
A human life amendment, if adopted, could make abortion illegal — and both the woman having an abortion and the doctor providing one could be subject to prosecution.