I think the part of the abortion debate that causes pro-lifers to lose perspective is the insistence that they try to relate to and sympathize with a fetus from the moment of conception. Sympathy is feeling someone else’s pain, empathy is putting yourself emotionally and intellectually in their position to decide what you would have someone do. The problem with these is that you’re feeling the pain of something that can’t feel pain and putting yourself in the position of something that isn’t you. That isn’t sentient. If I were a tree I wouldn’t want someone to cut me down, but that isn’t an argument against deforestation. See my point?
Abortion may be immoral, at some point I believe it’s even tantamount to murder in most cases. But there is a whole helluvalot of wiggle room and grey area and room for debate, and in my experience anti-abortion folks usually don’t even show up for the debate, they just cut open their heart and bleed all over the stage. They act like they’re in the fetus’ corner and protecting it’s will when up to a certain point it has no will. Hell it might not even be capable of forming thoughts at all until after birth.
When it comes to abortion, earlier is better and preventing the unwanted pregnancy all-together is fucking awesome.