While both parties use this topic as a way to scare their bases into taking actions, the Republicans are definitely riding this issue the hardest. For liberals to forget that the reason Republicans use this issue the way they do shows a lack of compassion and understanding for our neighbors. There are many good, compassionate people who are active in their communities and do wonderful things for the poor and disenfranchised. They go on mission trips to other nations and in addition to their religious activities, they also build homes, provide clean water, and teach farming techniques.These are GOOD people who believe in their SOULS that life begins at conception.There are even Republican senators and congressmen who believe life begins at conception. However, it is my own opinion that most elected conservatives use the issue to gain/retain power as it is a great motivator for the religious right.The topic of women’s rights/abortion is painful for me. I pray pro-life, but I vote pro-choice. As part of rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and in the spirit of separation of Church and State, it is important that we keep a balance between what the society can do for its people who are born into it, and what we want to do for everyone who could be born into it. As we currently find ourselves unable to properly provide healthcare, educations, and nutrition to infants, children, teens, adults, and the aged, it seems unwise to force women who do not want to become parents to use scarce resources to feed, dress, and house another life.I wish our legislators would focus on jobs, education, healthcare, immigration, and the resolution of our military adventures overseas. I wish they would realize the need to create a system to pipe water away from flood areas and into drought areas. However,The job of the elected has become to stay elected and talking about jobs doesn’t help the Republicans as much as talking about abortion. The repair of the healthcare plan is less important than punishing women who are guilty of the crime of refusing to bear children they can’t afford.The only way to “end abortion” is to make it a crime for men to impregnate a woman unless he is prepared to be the father of any children born. No viagra for unmarried men. Jail time for men and women, and teenage boys and girls who fornicate – a form of reckless endangerment where sex is the crime.The religious right might find this a good option. But under the Constitution, and frankly, due to human nature, making sex a crime like it was a few decades ago would be unacceptable to a free people, some of whom do NOT believe in God.If the religious want to be respected and left to worship as they please, they have to respect the right of the non religious to live as they see fit as long as it only involves other consenting ADULTS. Pray for people, don’t prey on them.Respectfully,C.