This is so tragic. As now reported, a disturbed, white male believed the manipulated and distorted stories of the anti-abortion fanatics which sent him over the edge to kill human beings, including a police-officer who was an Elder in his Christian Church.
People believe all kinds of things about abortion. I'm not in favor of it as a means of birth control. But it's not my place to judge. As the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints policy against abortion allows the exceptions of rape, incest, “serious jeopardy” to the “life or health of the mother” and when “the fetus has serious defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth” I do not support a legal ban on abortion as it should be left to the woman, doctor, and religious adviser of choice, not politicians or other peoples' religious beliefs.
With those legitimate exceptions, the life of a fetus does not take precedence over the life of a woman. Also, appropriate medical uses may be made of human tissue just as I am a registered organ donor.
I have received hateful messages for my principled position from family members apparently more concerned about hating what they determine to be a wrong idea than caring for me in any form of understanding or Christian charity. I don't believe I'm at any risk of physical harm but the bullying is only different in degree.
There are reasons why I am a political moderate on this and other political and cultural issues. We are in a sick society where there is too much unnecessary abortion for lack of better sexual behavior and health resources for women. And there is far, far, too much distortion on the political and cultural right leading disturbed individuals to commit heinous acts of violence against innocent victims.