Thanks Ken for your defense of life. For me the issue is pretty simple. If you believe that this is the only existence there is and you are completely in charge of it, then it is easy to rationalize suicide, abortion etc. . If you believe however that there is another life after this one and that God is in charge, then the sanctity of life that He created and even the suffering that it sometimes entails has value and meaning. For a good take on this view, read the wonderful online article, "Death Dignified by Christ" from First Things magazine.