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VIDEO: Anti-abortion protesters asked to consider what should happen to women if abortion is illegal

In an interesting video uploaded to’s website this June, pro-life protesters are questioned as to what they think the penalty for abortion should be if their goals of making the practice illegal are achieved.

The origin of the video is from a group identified as, who describe themselves as “a group that works or justice and non-violent resolution of conflicts.”

Watch the video from below.



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    July 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Caught in their own circular argument. A simple question and they have no answer because their theory is this:

    ban abortions = no more abortions

    These are the simpletons that elect the Fundamentalist legislators around the country dragging us back to the 1890’s

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    Steven Lockhart

    July 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    WOW, just in-case it happens to them, we don’t have an opinion . Are this people serious?

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    Bob Cull

    July 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    It is amazing that only one of these people even when pushed for a response could think of no punishment for something that they think should be a crime! The fact that all but one came up with even an idea as to what the punishment should be speaks volumes. They are simply intent on forcing their religious beliefs on everyone.

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    July 5, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    well this just proves that the whole idea that abortion is killing a baby is only an opinion.

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    Debora Elizabeth Hill

    July 6, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Wow, not one person who can actually think beyond their narrow perspective? That’s a sad commentary.

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    The Valley Vegan

    July 6, 2013 at 4:16 am

    “I sentence you to 3 months of ‘being sorry’ and may god have mercy on your soul.”

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    matt higgins

    July 6, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Talking heads following their hearts and not their minds.

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    July 6, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    This is sad in so many ways…

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    George Patrick Shiflett

    July 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    this is a bunch or right wing crazy Christians that don’t have a clue as to what they are talking about , make abortions illegal but no punishment for it , they are doing what the republicans and the tea pukes are telling them to do , how about just staying out of another woman’s vagina and womb and paying attention to your own , you don’t have a right to make laws concerning abortion , nor do you have the right to tell some one else what to do with their body , stay out of it and worry about your self , and don’t push your moral values on any one else

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    Thinking is necessary

    July 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Yep, the underlying truth is revealed. The issues of rape, incest, men & boys using girls, husbands abandoning their wives, poverty, etc. just can’t be ignored even though these Christians are trying to hard to ignore what they know is part of reality…this is why they haven’t/can’t/won’t state punishments…over even think about it. As crazy as these religious folks can get, most of them deep down know that double punishing someone twice isn’t the way to go…although they seem to like the idea of making women suffer punishments that they didn’t want in the first place.

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    carolyn LeBeauf

    July 6, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Those jackasses has been led to slaughter by rightwing crazies and fokkk news media Taliban s.

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    Bsarah Fran

    July 8, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Clearly, when a fetus becomes a person is just a matter of opinion. these fetus-worshippers cant have a thought about the ramifications of their own actions, they can only respond to the pictures they themselves carry.

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    July 9, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Copyright claim took down the video. Search for the name on YouTube, I see that there are other copies.

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    July 28, 2013 at 3:44 am

    These people are unreal. All this proves is religious zealotry and imposing of religious beliefs on society. How have these people not fallen down a flight of stairs?

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    July 28, 2013 at 3:56 am

    if a fetus, is a person can they get welfare sooner?

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    NO BS

    July 28, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Yea, that sounds like the typical anti-freedom of choice lunatick

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    July 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Here is another fine republican nightmare looking to be elected Virginia Gov. Candidate Cuccinelli Asks Supreme Court to Revive Ban on Oral, Anal Sex
    —By Thomas Stackpole| Thu Jun. 27, 2013 2:54 PM PDT

    Pete Marovich/ZumaPress
    Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the GOP’s nominee for governor, filed an appeal on Tuesday asking the Supreme Court to revive the state’s law banning oral and anal sex. In a statement, Cuccinelli claimed that the law, which the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled unconstitutional earlier this year, is “an important tool that prosecutors use to put child molesters in jail.” Cuccinelli warned that the appeals court’s decision to strike down the statute “threatens to undo convictions of child predators that were obtained under this law” since 2003, when the Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that laws criminalizing oral and anal sex—sometimes referred to as sodomy bans—are unconstitutional.

    As the Huffington Post reported:

    Cuccinelli wants the court to reconsider a March 2013 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit striking down the state’s “crimes against nature” statute. The 4th Circuit ruled that the law did not pass muster in light of the Supreme Court’s 2003 Lawrence v. Texas decision, which struck down the latter state’s anti-sodomy law as an unconstitutional criminalization of Americans’ sexual conduct. The Virginia law, however, remained on the books.

    The 4th Circuit ruled in favor of William Scott McDonald, who was convicted in 2005 at age 47 under the Virginia statute for soliciting a 17-year-old girl to commit sodomy. That law broadly makes oral and anal sex a Class 6 felony. While such laws historically targeted gay men, they have also been used against heterosexual activity.

    The three-judge panel ruled that an unconstitutional law could not be used to convict McDonald. It added that the Virginia Legislature could pass another law to criminalize sexual conduct specifically between a minor and an adult. The Lawrence ruling applied only to consensual adult conduct.

    Virginia has a notably low age of consent, which means, in effect, that vaginal sex between a 47-year-old and a 17-year-old is legal, but oral and anal sex between the same two people is not. Cuccinelli claims he will only use the sodomy law to bring cases involving minors or sexual assault, and argues that Virginians need not worry about him prosecuting “consenting adults,” because the part of the law that would enable him to do so was defanged by the Supreme Court’s Lawrence decision. But in 2004, when a bipartisan group of state Senators was trying to fix the sodomy law so that it would only apply to cases involving minors and non-consensual sex, Cuccinelli, then a state Senator, blocked the effort. And in 2009, as my colleague Andy Kroll has noted, Cuccinelli made clear that he objected to oral and anal sex (at least between gay people) on principle, telling the Virginian-Pilot, “My view is that homosexual acts—not homosexuality, but homosexual acts—are wrong. They’re intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law-based country it’s appropriate to have policies that reflect that…They don’t comport with natural law.”

    As Mother Jones noted, some 90 percent of Americans would be felons if the Virginia law were to be applied nationally. Cuccinelli has remained mute as to whether he’s one of them.

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    Devrie Paradowski

    October 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I’m pro-choice, but only because I have considered that most women who have an abortion don’t want to have to kill an unborn child. Some don’t care. I think it’s sad and terrible to do that, and I wish no woman would ever feel it’s a personal option. Until our society can accept motherhood as a human, normal aspect of life, where employers can find efficient and creative ways to encourage career growth while a woman is on maternity leave and where we as a culture can foster a nurturing and caring environment for children born into poverty, abortion laws need to be respected and left alone.

    That said, anti-abortion people care. They love. They want little humans to have a chance at the life that began to spark in them. This video sort of captures that: they don’t necessarily want to punish the women, but the protesters are thinking very little about the common situations that causes a women to “choose” abortion, because it may not feel like a choice at all. They don’t want to punish the women at all. They want to prevent medical practitioners from legally performing them.

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    October 8, 2013 at 4:57 pm


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    Ron Ellington

    October 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Critical thinking is not exactly the strong point of these folks

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    Jean Blackwood

    October 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    I find it very, very hard to believe that none of the respondents to this question would have stated the obvious, that the person who would be punished for an illegal abortion would be the doctor or nurse who performed the abortion. I think it is very likely that this sensible answer was simply edited out of the video.

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    Tallus Rip

    October 9, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Proof that far too many people in this country have no way of forming their own opinions once they’ve been fed one by someone else.

    Abortion should be illegal! But then what? No one’s spoon-fed them the follow-up and they clearly don’t have the mental fortitude to be able to think of one on their own. They’re just puppets without the hands shoved up their asses, mouthing off whatever hellfire and doom their preachers taught them.

    Seriously…shit like this makes me wish that people had to take a test before they’re allowed to vote. You can still have the right to vote, but you have to earn the privilege.

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    Neil Andrus

    October 9, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Sensible answer? If you punish health care professionals who perform abortions, then you return to back alley abortions by untrained people in unsanitary conditions, necessarily resulting in more and greater health risks to the women. And if such women die in the process, well that’s just “God’s” judgment. It’s not surprising that allegedly “pro-life” think this is A-OK. Witness the efforts in some Southern states to shut down clinics where abortions can be safely performed, ostensibly to “protect” the health of the pregnant woman. One way or the other, you would punish the woman having the abortion. Your answer isn’t sensible at all, it’s a cop out.

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    Gerry Harvey

    October 9, 2013 at 11:51 am

    As a Journalist myself, this is such a stupid interview technique. It’s very one sided and no matter what they (the people) answer with, Pro Abortionists will still bitch about whatever response they gave. For example, if one of the Ant Abortionists gave a firm hardline answer as to what should happen, all those opposing Anti Abortionist would just bitch about that person’s answer. And the law is at the discretion of the Judge and the Jury. By Law, Charles Manson should have been fried to a crisp. Yet he is still alive and well today. The “Court of Law” is a joke. Why uphold it is being something so grand like this interviewer does.

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    Jack Crawford

    October 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Religious people don’t think. That’s not news. They get all their knowledge from the bible or their leaders, ministers and priests.

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    Logic of Life (@LogicOfLife7)

    October 9, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    There are multiple parties involved in an abortion: the parents and the doctors that facilitate the procedure. This questioner deals only with the mother. The parents should be sentenced to mandatory psychological counseling but the doctors should have their licenses revoked and be fined. Repeat offenders should face jail time.

    Just because some people haven’t thought about the consequences of their actions doesn’t mean no one has and it certainly doesn’t mean that they are wrong in what they advocate. Many pro-abortion supporters don’t think the fetus is alive, but I’m not implying all abortion supporters are that ignorant.

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    June 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Killing a baby isn’t just an opinion. That’s delusional.

    It’s infanticide.

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    David silverman (@RationalRanter)

    June 11, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Hearts? More like spleens

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    June 13, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    What if the baby is armed?

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    the pope

    July 4, 2014 at 1:45 am

    What should the crime be for killing a baby, some people here say a fine. Well then can I kill your parents and just pay a fine? Or is an abortion not really baby killing? Because if you believe it is murdering a baby and the mother should go free then you are a proponent of baby murder. It’s a shame christians lack the ability to think but have no end to the ability to take away freedoms of others.

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    July 11, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    You have a very narrow minded assumption of people . Pro choice does not mean pro abortion while pro life means anti freedom to choose or anti freedom. It’s a pretty simple concept . I don’t think it’s plausible to ask the question without the answer being an imposition on another persons freedom of choice . It’s not even about abortion as much as it is about choice . What right does anybody have to tell a woman she is now a baby incubator because they have religious opposition to alternatives that terminate pregnancy?

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    July 11, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    It’s not a baby during the entire pregnancy and pro lifers are really just pro birthers as you have no intention of taking care of the baby once born – example : rape – not a consequence of actions, but a circumstance anyone may find themselves in .

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    July 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I didnt see the video cuz it was removed. My only opinion on abortion is I think it should be illegal during the second and third trimester. Thats when a baby can most likely live outside the womb and that is murder. They need to amp up all abortion clinics to have adoption counslers and perhaps actual people wanting a child to be on seen to guide these mothers into making a better choice for thier unborn baby. Theres plenty of people in the country waiting to adopt US babies. Why go oversees to get them when there r plenty being thrown out in dumpsters daily. This country doesnt want to put an extra effort into changing this situation so the quick procedure is more appealing and thats just sick

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