God damn, Andrew Sullivan is cool. In this perfectly concise and thoughtful snippet on abortion, Sullivan captures what so many pro-choicers believe, himself included. And he frames it in what used to be a "conservative" argument:
...the word 'conservative' has been hijacked by religious extremists. I find the attempt of the government to police a woman's body in the first stages of pregnancy to be a deeply unconservative idea. I find the absolutist stance of those who say a zygote is as morally significant as an infant lacking in the moderation and common sense that has long been the hallmark of conservatism.
Casting all pro-choicers as "baby killers" reduces the debate to its most base elements. But, as Sullivan notes in his post, "it sells."