“I am also of the opinion that my religion — or anyone’s religion — has no place in the affairs of other people.”
We have laws against murder because people think murder is wrong. We have laws against discrimination because people believe discrimination is wrong. Everyone is pushing laws and social standards based on their values; I don’t see why values derived from religion should be left out of the voting booth when values derived from all other sources (the insidious brainwashing of commercials/entertainment/news, for example) are a-okay. The government should be agnostic, but people themselves (and their votes) have no duty to be and, in fact, suggesting otherwise seems like a way to disenfranchise religious people.
“My disconnect with the “pro-life” message, aside from the obvious autonomy issue, is that very rarely have I seen my pro-life friends argue as passionately for children’s healthcare or universal healthcare or refugees or against the death penalty or poverty or for mental health advocacy or homeless advocacy or for VA reform, etc.”
In 2012, an estimated 14,827 were murdered https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/crime-in-the-u.s.-2012/violent-crime/murder. In 2012, 699,202 abortions took place http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/. If you legit believe abortion is murder, that is a government approved mass murder of infants on a huge scale. I don’t find it unreasonable for people who believe abortion is murder to prioritize it above other issues, particularly since other issues have people from both sides of the political aisle looking for solutions while abortion is presented as a fringe issue of the “crazy” right.
It takes a disturbing lack of empathy to criticize such people for not being quite as upset over other issues as they are over the mass murder of babies (in their opinion).
“…is an undeniable theme of so-called irresponsibility and selfishness and “promiscuity” on the part of women that is framed, packaged, and touted by the pro-life movement.”
Again, it seems you simply can’t accept the premise of pro-life people that fetuses are human lives…because if you could, it’s obvious that if you saw a bunch of women murdering their babies because they were inconveniently timed you’d be hard-pressed not to consider them irresponsible for getting into the situation where they felt the need to murder babies and selfish to consider their life plans worth more than the lives of their children.
I find articles like this so frustrating. I understand why people disagree with most of my positions (both conservative and liberal) and it seems like the vast majority of opinion pieces I see about debated issues just refuse to attempt to understand other people’s perspectives. This article is relevant http://infoproc.blogspot.com/2016/09/steel-man-opposite-of-straw-man.html; if you don’t understand the opposing position, how can you possibly effectively argue against it? Unless, of course, you’re preaching to the choir.