Of course, as members of the Church, we are instructed that abortion is not sinful in the case of victims of incest, rape, or where the mother's life is in jeopardy. Still, have you ever thought about how a law prohibiting abortion, except in those cases mentioned, would be enforced? How many women would falsely cry rape in order to get an abortion? And demanding "proof" would open a collossal can of worms. The bottom line is that society is paying a human price for the protection of the rights of those who are victimized. It's a huge price to pay because although I don't have any statistics, I would bet that the number of elective abortions (meaning those who had no morally valid reason for terminating the pregnancy) performed in the US greatly outnumber those performed on victims of rape or illness. Some would say it's too high of a price to pay.
Abortion opponents are often against embryonic stem cell research because of the destruction of human embryos. When it comes to stem cell research, whether it's morally right or wrong is not my call because I'm not the Moral Authority. But I've given a lot of thought to this issue and in my view, it requires the same sort of sacrifice that abortion rights do. Just as in the case of a mother's life being in peril, stem cell research requires the sacrifice of one life in order to save another. The difference is, of course, that we still know little about the potential of stem cells. We could be destroying human embryos for nothing, or we could be missing out on cures for a host of illnesses and disorders because research is not being carried out. Let's assume that the human embryo holds the cure to MS, Parkinson's or paralysis, just to name a few. Is it wrong that changing, or perhaps even saving, a human being take precedence over a human cell? Are we sacrificing the lives of people among us in order to preserve a life in its very first stage? And if so, is it worth it?
I guess the point I've been trying to make is think before you hop on any bandwagon. I mean REALLY think about what you are fighting for and want to see happen. You might just find yourself reconsidering once you find that things aren't so black and white.