Joshua, maybe you can use the abortion debate as an example of how to apply the principles that you outlined in your column. This could be a topic for another column.
I feel that there have been some foolish statements made in defense of life. For example, there was Todd Akin’s statement about “legitimate” rape victims. I also believe that Scott Walker’s insensitivity to the possibility of life risk to the mother hurt him and the conservative — and Judeo-Christian — cause. (I personally believe that banning all abortion without excepting rape and health-risk to the mother goes too far.)