It's a common sight in our town of Little Beirut: protest signs reading "Protect Our Watersheds!!", "Give our houseless a voice!", or "OHSU slaughters monkeys". Indeed, Portland's liberals have a very active and distinct reverence for the environment and the living. In spite of this, one blatant abuse of life is often supported by liberals: abortion.
I'm pretty liberal. I'm a registered member of the Pacific Green Party, I'm vegetarian, I choose not to own a car, I attend the occasional peace rally. I do not understand, however, why my fellow progressives condone the killing of unborn babies. I concede that abortion is more acceptable in extreme cases, like rape pregnancies. Nevertheless, the current practice of slaughtering the unborn simply because they are inconvenient is not acceptable by any terms. Promoting humane alternatives, like contraceptives and adoption, should be the emphasis of the left's efforts -- not defending abortion.
If you have an answer to the left's support of abortion, I'm eager to have a civil discussion about the topic.