The Wing nuts think abortion is some kind of deep philosophical divide in this country between upright, Christian fundamentalists, who believe in the revealed word of the crucified Sky God and effete, liberal secular relativists. It's a crock. Here's a quote from Business Week magazine.
"The Guttmacher Institute focuses on sexual and reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education. The study, based on an analysis of a nationally representative survey of women obtaining abortions in the United States, also found that in 2008: 58 percent of all abortion patients were in their 20s; 45 percent were never married and not living with a partner; 61 percent were already mothers; 42 percent were living below the federal poverty line; 36 percent were white; 59 percent had at least some college education; and 73 percent had some religious affiliation."
The women getting abortions aren't liberal relativists. They are young women, of modest means. They already have children. It seems to me that the decision to have a child or abort mostly comes down to economics. They can't afford another child. To have one would strain already fragile economic resources and make employment for these women more difficult. Most of them, even if they are married or in a stable domestic relationship do not have the option of being stay at home mothers. They already have at least one child. They know what the experience of having another child will be like. Sounds like an informed decision to me.
Liberal relativists are mostly too old to have children. Those that are not, take adequate birth control measures. I bet the abortion rates are much higher for the young adult girl children of Wing Nut Fundamentalist Christians than for those of secular humanist relativist couples. When the Wing Nut "Prayer Warriors" jump out of the bushes in front of abortion clinics, screaming murderer and shaking large color pictures of dead fetuses at the young women entering, who exactly is it that they are fighting against?
Poor, young women, often members of a racial or cultural minority, already hard up against it and looking at more of the same. Nice.
Is this the way they really want to expand and energize their political base? I think in the end, it will be a poor choice.