The pro-lifer’s advocation of the death penalty was met with pushback from some people, most notably his wife, who was heard to mutter under her breath, “What a raging asshole,” when Nonini announced his position in an interview with the Christian podcast Cross Politic.
Mrs. Nonini knows best, we imagine. However, devotees of the podcast no doubt agreed with Nonini, because a certain subset of Christians believe that the death penalty is a good solution for any people they don’t care for, which, besides women who get abortions, include doctors who give abortions and gay people. The latter two are sometimes killed on a volunteer basis by eager believers, whom Nonini no doubt has some sympathy for.
Idaho does have the death penalty, although there are only nine people on death row in that state. Sociologists agree that the reason for the limited number of individuals waiting for lethal injection in Idaho is that there are very few black people there.
It is not known how many women get abortions every year in Idaho, so how big of a wing they would have to add to the ladies’ prison if Senator Nonini has his way is not known. People are fucking in Idaho for sure, though—there’s not much else to do there except shovel the snow off of your fields so you can watch your potatoes be ruined by hail—so there’s bound to be some abortions as a result, because some people, even notable Christians like the Senator, end up fucking people they shouldn’t be fucking, like immediate family members or other people’s wives. Or else they are too shy to buy condoms.
There’s no doubt that the women involved in illicit affairs deserve death, as does every teenage girl impregnated in the back seat of a car with Idaho plates, because they were having wild sex while the good Christians of Idaho were doing God’s work by eating meat loaf off dinner trays while watching Wheel of Fortune. The question for Senator Nonini has to be, how far of a look-back period is there going to be? If you had an abortion while it was permitted (which, believe it or not, it still is in Idaho) are you going to be executed for it when the legal tide turns? What if you accidentally wander into the state when you meant to go to Iowa instead (people get the two states mixed up all the time) and have an abortion on your medical records? Are you going to swing for it?
Probably yes, because if you don’t think all life is sacred, you deserve to be killed. And what about the men who are not complete cads and cheap asses and cough up the money for an abortion when they have been party to a sex act that was a little too spontaneous? Are they going to get the death penalty too?