I have heard Colorado Springs described as the anti berkley for the number of right wing nut jobs that live here. while it is very conservative, i haven't had many problems (other than some playful threats because of my obama yard sign). however lately i have come under attack for not being pro life enough. i dont think that abortion isever correct except maybe in the case of rape, incest or life of the mother. i dont think that government should provide money for abortions. i think there need to be programs to decrease the number of unintended pregnancies and in that way decease the number of abortions. i think roe v wade was wrongly decided (but my reasons are more legal than i think it was wrong because it permitted abortion). but since abortion is not the number one issue for me, i have been criticized as a flaming liberal. i find it amusing/concerning when an issue is so polarizing that even people on the same side can't stand each other.

but for the record, there are very few places on earth as beautiful to live as the springs (and most of them are also in colorado) and most of the people are actually kind, polite, good people, so dont get the wrong idea from this post.

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Scarlet Panda said...

I agree with you. That said, I can see it from their perspective, I think. Many anti-abortion people truly believe that it is the murdering of massive numbers children; if you think that, you're going to have a hard time getting how it could not be someone's number one issue.

Imagine that the government had created an exception to the homicide laws that allowed parents to legally kill their children, for any reason, as long as those children were under the age of, say, two years. Further imagine that hundreds of thousands of people are taking advantage of this every year.

Now imagine that you are against this, and you meet someone else who's against it too. But that person is like, "I agree with you, but I'm not a one-issue voter. I'm also really concerned about the economy and the environment, so I'm open to voting for the other [kid-murdering] party." Wouldn't you be extremely frustrated by that person?

Of course, the problem is that some people see abortion as kid-murdering, some see it as a medical procedure on a woman's body, most see it as something in between, and few really respect the others' positions.