When it comes to abortion, the pro-abortion side usually attempts to cast the anti-abortion position as "religious." It then moves to discard the anti-abortion position under the false banner of "separation of church and state." See: "The Wall of Separation" at TheMassNeverEnds.com
There is no such banner but it has become a mantra that works for "them." So the pro-aborts use it. And since most of the well-intentioned people on the anti-abortion side don't know how to respond, they revert to religious arguments such as "sanctity of life, etc."
It never works, which is why half a century later, we are still arguing about Roe while babies are being slaughtered - even with the help of our tax dollars - by the millions.
The challenge is NOT with the pro-aborts. The real challenge is with the argument from the "christian" side.
The sad fact is that almost every "church" which bears the label "christian" or the name of "Christ" permits abortion under certain circumstances.
As an example, consider this statement on the morality of abortion from the "American Baptists" - perhaps the most conservative of all Christian denominations in the United States.
Read the statement in full here otherwise here is the key "doctrine:"
We also recognize that we are divided as to the proper witness of the church to the state regarding abortion. Many of our membership seek legal safeguards to protect unborn life. Many others advocate for and support family planning legislation, including legalized abortion as in the best interest of women in particular and society in general. Again, we have many points of view between these two positions. Consequently, we acknowledge the freedom of each individual to advocate for a public policy on abortion that reflects his or her beliefs.
In other words: "It's up to you" - whether or not it's moral to kill an innocent, helpless, defenseless human being.
Compare the Baptist statement to the hard doctrine of the Catholic Church (even though few pastors are courageous enough to still teach it):
2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law..."
In other words, pursuant to Catholic teaching, there is NEVER an exception and Catholics DO NOT get to make up their own "policy on abortion that reflects his or her beliefs." You are in or you're out. (And sadly, as polls demonstrate, many "Catholics" are OUT. See Pew Research: "Like U.S. adults overall, the majority of U.S. Catholics say abortion should be legal – at least in some cases."
There is nothing surprising about this. All non-Catholic "christian" traditions can trace their foundations to Martin Luther, who protested (thus "Protestantism") against the abuses of the Catholic Church hierarchy at the time. And while Luther was correct about those abuses, Luther did not work to resolve them.
Rather, Luther worked to create a new hierarchy of which he was the head, thus opening the door to create new "heads" for anyone who disagreed with anyone, and thus propagated tens of thousands of "christian" churches, of whose leadership essentially makes it up as they go along; and, as in the present case, fundamentally have no way to define doctrine other than to turn everything over to personal interpretation supposedly guided by the "holy spirit" - since that is exactly what "they" did.
So the pro-aborts win.
Our recommendation, i.e. The Esperansa Project, and especially given the confused leadership of even the Catholic Church, is to stay away from religious "leadership" altogether, and to fight for the rights of the unborn on a purely natural-law level:
The "thing" in the womb of the mother is alive. It is growing. The "thing" is not an ear of corn, an elephant, or a fetal horse. The "thing" is a human being. And the essential question is: