I have been warned in the past about mentioning abortion at all and was asked to erase/modify my statements and even my pro-life signature!!!!! I wanted to talk about my pro-life position more in this post, but held back for fear of "getting in trouble" and yet, I come back to see that it is being openly discussed without the slightest reprimand!?!? Not sure if the rules have changed or not. Does this mean I can have my pro-life signature now? :) It would be nice to be able to mention pro-life issues once in a while as they come up, though I understand the need to make sure tempers don't flare.
Anyway, I will add (since it seems to be ok......) that for me, being pro-life is a humanitarian issue. What is inside of a woman from the moment of conception is a human being. I believe that all human beings (particularly those that are innocent and helpless) have an inherent right to live. (You know that American concept of Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...you can't have liberty or pursue happiness if you don't have the right to live first!) Mothers have many reproductive rights, but I dont' believe that abortion is one of them. She can choose not to be a mother, but she can not choose to take the life of another human being. Pro-lifers have compasion for both the mother and the baby. They have a sense of justice for both the mother and the baby and they have a deep sense of conviction for human life, both, the mothers and the baby's!
For me, this belief was re-affirmed when I chose NOT to circumcize my son. I related deeply to the idea that a baby boy has a right to all his body parts. He has a right to decide if he wants a part of his body removed for non-medical reasons. It is about his bodily integrity. In my mind, if I don't have the right to take his life, I certainly don't have the right to amputate a part of his body. He is a person, distinct from me and my job as a parent is to protect him and protect his rights to a whole body, from conception to adulthood. My pro-life beliefs begin in the womb and extend to after birth. After all, the same person I'm protecting after birth is the same human being that has existed from the moment of conception. It just makes sense.
One last thing I will say is that I feel a deep connection with the mothers on this site, whether they are pro-life or pro-choice. I can't imagine where else I could go to be around those who share my convictions when it comes to mothering and childbirth and circumcision, etc......it doesn't bother me at all that there are different opinions on abortion. That's what makes America one of the greatest countries on earth! We can share, discuss and move on and still feel connected in so many other ways. I will always appreciate everyone here.