I personally am mystified by why white people put being anti-abortion over other more important issues. It’s not like anyone is being forced to have an abortion. I can see why SWPLs/bobos are strongly pro-choice, because an unplanned pregnancy could derail a young woman’s self-actualizing career and cause her to become a single mother with a crappy job and no chance of finding a good husband. Even SWPLs/bobos who are not children-bearing-age women feel strongly about this, because they don’t want this to happen to their sister or daughter. Fear of losing social class is a strong motivator to vote Democratic!
Liberals won’t typically phrase their argument that way, but it’s the essence of the reason they support abortion. And the “mainstream Right” can’t really argue with it. Some evangelical Christians would be saying “well you shouldn’t be having pre-marital sex.” But the Jonah Goldbergs of the world will quickly silence them. Haven’t they heard of the Big Tent?
And is it realistic to tell young people not to have sex until their mid to late twenties? Late marriage was common in traditional European societies inside Hajnal Line. But I don’t think it’s remotely realistic in modern societies absent harsh social and/or legal penalties for premarital sex. I see no sign that Evangelicals would support such penalties. Just look at the way they treated Bristol Palin.
The other option, telling(not just “asking”) young people to get married early, would also be unacceptable, as it goes against the values of Education and self-actualizing careers that “mainstream conservatives” believe in just as much as the liberals. And also, we wouldn’t want to claim that something in the “free market” incentivizes bad personal behavior.
Abortion opponents still have a “good” argument against abortion – that an unborn child* is a human being. But it can never win against the very compelling argument of personal interests that any young, unmarried man or woman in modern America can make. The arguments against abortion rest heavily on explicitly religious justifications, which are becoming increasingly unacceptable as religion declines and PC increases. National(Neocon) Review editor Jonah Goldberg is doing his part, telling conservatives to cool off with the appeals to Jesus. Perhaps this lack of good arguments is one reason why some of them make such stupid and dishonest arguments against it.
*or whatever you like to call it