Abortion is one of those issues where it's really hard for us non-Americans to get how it can sail as a big issue in every election, more than thirty years after the Supreme Court decided that such state laws as would be used for wholesale blocking of women being reasonably free to choose abortion, that such laws were unconstitutional. Absolutely nobody in England, Holland or Germany, except for fringe parties, would mount an attempt to potentially block abortions as a first-rate issue in an election race. Same with gay marriage I think; even where it doesn't exist yet it wouldn't become the defining issue of an election, or the point you try to use to jackhammer the government out of office when it's entered.
Because here in America we've got two things. 1: a religious right that still has plenty of influence, especially due to the fact that they can shout louder than most special interest groups. 2: no shortage of intolerance.
You can correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm guessing that over in Europe (which is where it sounds like you live), religion doesn't have a whole lot to do with government and who gets elected and whatnot. Over here, being a WASP is practically one of the requirements for being a Republican candidate. You have to go to church and believe and God and in the Bible and all that. Religion is very
much a part of the Republican party.
Part of the problem, I think personally, is that the Christians and whatnot look at abortion, and say that, no, we can't just morally disapprove of it, we can't just say that it's wrong and goes against the ethical principles of our religion. No. It has to go away. It has to die. Because we've got some moral imperative to keep society on the right track and from going straight into hell.
This coming from the same religion that protected sexual deviants (according to their own tenets) for generations, told people that they could get into heaven if they spent enough money on pieces of paper, and started wars over a piece of earth that is still
Never mind that, in the book of Revelation, the entire world goes to hell anyway
. It's prophecy
! You believe that it is
going to happen! What makes you think you
can stop it?
>_< Some days I'm ashamed of my own people.