10 Questions for Anti-Choice Candidates


Written by Holly L. Derr, Ms. Magazine

Amanda Marcotte posted an interesting rant at Double X yesterday about the cognitive dissonance between the desire of anti-choice individuals to make abortion illegal and their unwillingness to address the legal issues that would arise if that happened:

The widespread delusion that advocating for bans on abortion won’t mean that abortion is, you know, banned, runs so deep that if you ask a typical anti-choice obsessive how much time women should do for breaking the law they wished existed, they straight up can’t answer the question because they’ve quite literally never thought that banned means banned.

Click the link above and you’ll see what she means–many anti-choice individuals haven’t ever thought about that detail before. It made me think: There are a lot of questions I’d like to ask candidates running for office over the next year.

1. How many years do you consider to be a fair prison term for a woman who has an abortion?

2. How many years for a doctor who performs one?

3. Will the punishments be greater the second time around?

4. Where will the state get the money necessary to prosecute one-third of all American women for this crime?

5. Forty-two percent of women who have an abortion have incomes below 100 percent of the federal poverty level (that’s $10,830 for a single woman with no children, if you’re counting). When women are forced to have children they cannot afford to raise, will those children become wards of the state or simply new Medicaid recipients? Where will the state find the money necessary to support them?

6. Will you be willing to watch your wife die in front of you when her life is threatened by an unsafe pregnancy that no one is allowed to do anything about? Your daughter?

7. Will rapists have to pay child support to women who are forced to have their children?

8. Will the child of incest be in the custody of its rapist father or the father’s teenaged daughter, his mother? In fact, 18 percent of women who have an abortion in America are teenagers. Will they be required to drop out of high school to raise their children or will the state provide free childcare?

9. Will upper-class white women be prosecuted as vigorously as other women who have abortions?

10. You are aware that upper-class white women have abortions, aren’t you?

Help me out here, what else would you like to have asked? The only way to hold people accountable for their views is to question them relentlessly. These people are running for office–ask them what kind of society they envision creating.

This post was originally published by Ms. Magazine.


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Emma S.
Emma S6 years ago

They're good questions and it's a nice try, but I've never met a pro (foetal) lifer able to argue in a coherent or cool-headed way. All I've ever encountered has been bile and hysteria - perhaps I'm just lucky to live in a country with strict laws about the licensing of firearms.

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S6 years ago

Excellent, on-point questions. These are the ones that need to be asked of the politicians attempting to enforce their personal desires through government legislation.

Nicole P.
Nicole Sedkowski6 years ago

This is brilliant! I hope these questions actually reach the people they're aimed at! I REALY! REALLLY! do! Thank you for doing this regardless of the end result!

Lika S.
Lika P6 years ago

The anti-choice candidates are too chicken $417 to answer the questions. If they do, they'll say you're twisting the issues around. C'mon, Cain thought abortion was illegal! And he wants to be our president? My 11 year old is better capable!

Kathryn Pierce
Kathryn Pierce6 years ago

Here is a question I would ask of anyone who supports a law that denies an abortion to a woman to save her life: Would you support a law that required any man, who is in a position to do so, to give his life to save the life of a woman? If not, why do you support a law that requires a woman to give her life to save the life of her unborn child? And what do you see as the difference?

Heather G.
Heather G6 years ago

Here's a question I would like to know: How much proof of rape would be required to get an abortion due to rape?

Glenna Jones-kachtik
Glenna Kachtik6 years ago

Yeah - my reps are all Republican. One of them is retiring this year (wish the other one had instead). I used to write her all the time; she was always good about sending me back letters thanking me for my letter & then telling me why she voted against what I asked her to vote for. Can't remember where she stands on this issue (it has been awhile)...The one not retiring is a pain in the Royal A** - he never votes for anything I want, is Pro Life; & Pro-Big Business. I live in TX. The retiring one ran against Perry in the last GOP Primary for Governor... Even tho she is a Republican she probably would have been better for the State than Wonder Boy Perry.

Catrina Hamilton
Catrina Hamilton6 years ago

Glenna J., I'm guessing you're pro-choice by your comments, so I don't need to ask you anything. When I said I didn't get any answers from any of you, I meant any of my reps.

Glenna Jones-kachtik
Glenna Kachtik6 years ago

Catrina - I will guarantee you one thing....if you ask me any questions, I WILL answer you - I will not ignore you or just thank you for your support...So, ask away.

Catrina Hamilton
Catrina Hamilton6 years ago

Here's a question:

Why is it that every time I try asking any of these or similar questions, do I either a) get ignored, or b) get an auto reply thanking me for my support? Why have I never received any real answers from any of you?