The truth is the Christian Right most certainly does want to punish women that have abortions. They are murderers, in some ways even more guilty than the doctors who perform the abortions. The dodgy answers I've seen over the past couple of days are pretty surprising. Exercises in sophistry, they mock both the civil law and the moral foundation upon which is stands.
Now, I can say that and mean it and yet at the same time also acknowledge that a pagan society (of which all societies and nations apart from the Church are) will always be guilty of such sins. It's not something we're going to 'fix' in This Age. Our job is denounce their sin and to proclaim the truth of the Gospel. The world will find this offensive and because we reject their Babel project they will call us evildoers. Our goals in such proclamations are not political. We're not here to take over the reins of Babylon nor do we call upon Babylon to right our wrongs or somehow help us in building the Kingdom.
Some versions of Babylon will be more moral than others but in the end they all degenerate into Bestial powers.
It's not politically expedient to focus on women seeking abortions. This is viewed as an attack on women. The Anti-Abortion/Pro-Life faction has tried to seize the political narrative by supposedly caring about women's health. This is part of the lie in their big push to introduce stricter standards in abortion clinics. These people didn't care about 'standards', it is simply a back-door way to undermine the law and destroy it through other means. Those same women (often minorities) who keep their babies are then subjected to castigation and attack as they are unable to make ends meet and more often than not end up on government subsidies and trapped in poverty. This does not excuse abortion but it demonstrates the Pro-Life movement does not really care about the mothers or the children who soon after become social and political enemies or at the very least are viewed as social liabilities. Their concerns for the unborn are political and rooted in controlling the national narrative.
To the Pro-Life movement the end justifies the means but they should be careful. Such manipulations of law undermine its character, subjectivise it and when the tables are turned you can expect the same to fall on you.
I have no interest in going after women who have abortions and locking them up in jail but the Christian Right has always been clear this is also their goal. When women try to perform home abortions and either injure or kill the baby they are often charged with endangerment, murder or attempted murder. And this was certainly approved, or at least it was in the past. If abortion is to be viewed as a crime, then women who seek it are at the very least complicit or accessories.
I don't think there's a lot of honesty here. Instead the goal is to defeat Trump and if a little dishonesty and lack of transparency helps to bring him down the people that were once the so-called 'Moral Majority' are more than happy to do it.
Once again, politics corrupts the testimony of the Church and gives occasion for the Lord's enemies to blaspheme.
If Cruz had any integrity, he would stand up and proclaim the Dominionism that he seems to quietly hold, the same that his father so plainly teaches and would stand with Trump in affirming the statement.
But integrity is a quality lacking in any candidate for president. You simply cannot climb to that level while maintaining it. They are serpents and vipers to be sure. The fact that so many Christians are lining up behind Cruz or Trump because of the supposed fact that 'he tells it like it is' or due to some kind of perceived 'integrity' is both humorous and tragic.