There's nothing much good about abortion, or for that matter killing animals for sport or food. Life consists of a series of choices, ranging from the unconscious, through the insignificant and simple to the momentous and complex. Often we use aids, maybe crutches, to help us cope mentally with the more difficult ones. Justifying society's interference in whether or not a woman has an abortion on the grounds of social economics (the "we pay, we say" argument) is in my view one of the most tenuous justifications I have yet heard. I guess such an argument would ultimately take us back to the days of darkened rooms, carbolic soap, knitting needles and rue.
And then there's religion - or perhaps more relevantly the belief in a god who knows about and cares about our material condition, as opposed to our spiritual condition. Apart from the obvious logical difficulty with that initial premise, the application of rules laid down by such a deity to the question of abortion involves selective leaps of faith. These involve, inter alia, faith in the existence of the deity, faith that "he" made the rules, faith in a mode of application of those rules, faith that the fertilized egg does in fact constitute life within the meaning of the rules. But nevertheless if a person is possessed of the mentality that allows them to believe these chains of faith based reasoning such a person, it has to be admitted, is then equipped with a terrific aid for dealing with life's more difficult choices. In fact many choices simply disappear. Issues which to non-believers may be complex matters involving a compassionate and individualistic approach become black and white.
In the case of abortion, life choices are removed. Such thorny matters as the issue of whether death of an unborn foetus is always the worst option when weighed against, for instance, a life of mental illness for another being, are not to be considered. Complexities such as a woman's mental and physical state, the circumstances of the conception, financial pressures, family coercion, drug issues, male domination, blackmail, social expectation, naivety, failure of education, poverty, criminal assault all vanish. Fortunately for believers, individual circumstances are not to be taken into consideration in applying "divine rules".
Yes, Ron, all things start with personal choice. In my view life IS choice and I for one prefer to allow myself the flexibility to make those choices (at least I think I do! What my subconcious is doing I have no idea). That is not to advocate anarchy, although "anarchy" in our natural state is perhaps the natural condition; are the birds anarchic? "Civilisation" is essentially the modification of personal choices to allow communal living, in a manner never "intended" by nature (whole different topic). Lay down laws, and rules, but have courts and tribunals to interpret and apply those rules in the light of particular circumstances. Abortion is never a "good" choice. Instinctively I rail against it, and the idea of using it as a cheap and easy method of contraception I find abhorrent. But to zealously dictate from the comfort of maleness (or any other non pregnant condition): "thou shalt not escape the consequences of your sin" and never mind the circumstances, seems to me to be devoid of logic and compassion.