Donning asbestos suit now...
I am proudly pro-life. It may be my body, but when we speak of pregnancy, we're talking about someone else's body. For me, it's really simple: that "clump of cells" has human DNA and is therefore human. We Americans have a Constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; why should an unborn child be deprived of that right? It doesn't make sense to me.
That being said, I'm all for free birth control, access to health care, and supporting mothers and babies after they're born, even if that means welfare and food stamps. I'd much rather pay taxes for that than for abortion. (My state is one that forces taxpayers to foot the bill for everyone's abortions, to which I strenuously object and have written letters to the governor and state legislators. Not that it does any good.) And FTR, I'm opposed to the death penalty as well, even though murderers are in an entirely separate category from innocent babies.
I don't judge anyone who has had an abortion. My sister had one right around the time of Roe v. Wade, and even though I disagree with the actions she took, it didn't make her a bad person. I don't think any woman faced with that decision is a bad person. She may just be in a bad situation and feel she has no other option. I know even the best birth control, used properly, can fail---I got pregnant with my last child while I was on the Pill AND using a barrier, so anything's possible. It wasn't a good time for me to be pregnant; we had three other kids and were poor as church mice. But for me, there was no "choice", I would carry that child to term. I ended up with the best kid a mother could ever ask for and can't imagine my life without him.
You may say that at least it worked out for me---not everyone has a happy ending to their pregnancy story. That may very well be true. But I still advocate for choosing life, and I applaud the lawmakers who are standing up for the unborn. Every life counts, from the centenarian on down to the tiny embryo hidden away in his/her mother's womb. But of course that's my opinion, which I hope I can express without being shouted down the way a couple of other members have been (one response to a pro-lifer was a rather crude invitation to go do something we don't talk about on a professional website "off"). I won't shove my beliefs down anyone else's throat, but I hate it when someone says we nurses should all speak up for reproductive "rights". We are not a monolith. There are a good many pro-life nurses out there, and they deserve to be heard too.