I’ve never understood why a list of health complications, or scare stories about abortions gone wrong, or unscrupulous doctors (all of the above mentioned here) state an argument about making the process illegal, rather than making it safe. Especially the anti-choice lobby has made because abortion less safe, by banning unpopular but (at times) necessary procedures, it seems increasingly clear that the movement’s respect for life extends only as far as the fetus, with the life and health of the woman being (at best) an afterthought, and (at worst) a chit to be exploited in the operating theater of public opinion.
Libertarian regulatory wisdom — from which (I thought) the tea party draws its essence — is not to the contrary. Under that rubric, a process that can be made safe should be legal, but regulated. Plainly, if that logic does not control, we prefer potential over actual life.