Debate Moderator Chris Wallace Should Ask: “You Want to Make Abortion Illegal, So How Much Jail Time Should A Woman Serve?”

Oct. 17, 2016
Contact: Christie Petrone, 646-520-3504, [email protected]

Trump Wants to “Punish” Women, Turn Women Having Abortions Into Criminals

Statement from Andrea Miller, President,
National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund:

“Donald Trump’s disrespect for women runs deep, as he has made abundantly clear, from his bragging about sexually assaulting women to his advocating for punishment of women who have abortions. Women would be at real risk under a Trump presidency — not just women directly threatened by his sexual violence, but also women across the country whose health and well-being would be jeopardized by policies restricting access to abortion and treating them like criminals for making decisions about their reproductive lives that are best for them and their families.
“It’s not hyperbole to say that women’s lives and safety are on the line in this election. Indeed, the types of policies Trump and Gov. Pence support already have led to women across the country being shamed, pressured, and punished – even criminalized and jailed – in connection with ending their pregnancies.
“With the last presidential debate on the horizon, a simple and profound question looms — and debate moderator Chris Wallace has a responsibility to ask: Trump and Gov. Pence want to ban abortion and “punish” women who have them, so how much time should a woman serve for an abortion?”
View the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund’s video ad asking how much time a woman should serve by clicking here.


The National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization, conducts legislative and political advocacy to protect reproductive rights and advance access to care, including through partnerships in states and cities nationwide. The Action Fund previously operated as NARAL Pro-Choice New York.