|I usually try to stay out of the abortion debate, but you raise some questions.|
First of all, can you not understand that some people don't agree with your opinion? You're may have a strong opinion that abortion is murder, and I'll respect your opinion, but it's an opinion, not a fact.
Secondly, do you realize that organizations like Planned Parenthood offer much more health services to women other than abortions? The increased focus on birth control have reduced the number of abortions performed over the past few decades. I know that you are a Catholic, and as a former Catholic I know that birth control is not acceptable to the Church, but it's acceptable outside the Church. The world is not Catholic, and it is not subject to the teachigs of the Catholic Church. The rest of us Christains have a Bible that eliminates some of the books in the one you have that contains the "imprimatur" and the "nihil obstat", so it's safe to say we ignore whatever the Catholic Church "law" may be on most issues
Third, what about cases of rape and incest? Should the woman be forced to bring the baby to term and care for it? What about when the mother's life is in danger? Should she die so that the child (who may not even be viable) can live? And in line with that question, what happens after the birth of an unwanted child? Will you still advocate as fiercely for the health and welfare of the child, assist in adoption efforts, promote government efforts to support these unwanted children? Or do you just move on to the next pregnancy, congratulating yourself for preventing what you call "murder" but not caring what happens after that?
George Carlin used to do a bit where he said that Pro-Life people were really just Pro-Birth - after the birth, they don't care at all what happens to the baby. If you look at the cuts the Republicans have made to the social programs meant to aid children in poor families, his joke starts to ring true. Cut Medicaid, cut the CHIP program, cut the SNAP program... What they're basically saying is that a woman has no right to control her own body -we'll control what she can do with it, but once the baby is born she's on her own.
I thought conservatives wanted less goverment interference in the private lives of its citizens. - why are you in favor of regulating a woman's reproductive system - probably the most invasive intereference a government can do? Just because your religion tells you so?