i will say this, socially conservative evangelical Christians, Catholics and the like want laws that reflect a belief in a transcendent God and respect for His providence that the majority of Americans have rejected (especially if you factor in the % that claim to accept it but don't really live it or understand it). if law follows culture (despite the ingenious devices we have to counterbalance that effect), then abortion will never be outlawed in our current polity.
segue: the rights attendant to personhood attach at conception, viability, birth, or some arbitrary point among those events. Pro-lifers say (or believe or claim to believe or don't really even think about it....) that the only rational point is when a new genetic being is created. otherwise, we're left with birth or arbitrariness because viability is difficult to determine and is subjective. they are comfortable with this stance due to an inherent belief in the sanctity of human life and God's choice to allow/cause life to happen. (putting aside potentially inherent contradictions between this and capital punishment, rape etc.).
I think without that belief, pro-lifers would be more comfortable allowing man alone (as in, gender-neutral lawmaker) determine when human life and the rights attendant thereto begin. the idiotic response to this is "a woman should decide." well fine, but the decision to allow an individual woman decide comes from lawmakers who represent theoretically the people. the "woman decides" argument is circular/begs the question.
On the other hand, you have the statist left that has co-opted the once-legitimate women's rights movement and raised abortion rights as the movement's condition sine qua non. Like many folks on the anti-abortion side, these folks refuse to even engage in rational discourse and shout about a woman's body. a fetus may be a lot of things, but only an idiot would say it is a woman's body or part thereof.
question: i haven't looked into states' laws on this in a while, but are there still states in which feticide at any gestational stage can be murder? if the pro-abortion stance is grounded in the position that there is no personhood until XYZ, i wonder if activists are concerned with laws that allow for murder charges against a person who causes the termination of early pregnancies. if my entire belief system relied on a tenet as fundamental as "life begins at...," then I'd want to fight laws that stood contrary to that tenet, right?
and around we go....
This post was edited on 11/15 at 12:01 pm