This is the crux of the disagreement I think: You begin with a fundamental belief that life begins at conception and must, as a moral imperative, be protected as a matter of principle. I, on the other hand, while uncomfortable with abortion, am equally uncomfortable with declaring that I know with any certainty when life begins; it is a question, like many, that seems well above my pay grade. You feel my uncertainty should be resolved in favor of the life of the fetus and legal enforcement , while I feel my uncertainty should be resolved in favor of allowing other individuals to make their own decision in the matter. There are consequences either way, but they are beyond my ability to foresee. I respect your position, but I cannot share it.