My own view lies somewhere in the middle: I'm against abortion ... so I refuse to have one. Seeing how I've never had an unwanted or life-threatening pregnancy, I don't feel equipped to tell complete strangers in those circumstances what they should do with their bodies.Now, given that LZ is also gay, it's probably true that he will never have to deal with pregnancy in any form.* So he seems to have an open and shut case: live and let die.
I can dig that. In fact, I think his logic is impeccable and could be used to inform us on all kinds of other matters related to American law. For example, I'm against assaulting people for being homosexual... so I refuse to beat one. Since I've never had an unwanted or uncomfortable meeting with a gay person, I don't feel equipped to tell complete strangers in those circumstances what they should do with their baseball bats.
He's also black but has a European surname, which means that his ancestors quite probably crossed the Big Drink against their will. Hey, I'm against chattel slavery, too... so I refuse to own one. Since I've never had a cotton field that needed to be harvested, I don't feel equipped to tell complete strangers in those circumstances what they should do with their neck shackles and bull whips.
Of course, LZ would be the first of many liberals to tell you that people ought not be able to beat gays or enslave blacks, not just because he doesn't want to be beaten and enslaved but because it's wrong. Blacks and gays have human rights that the law ought to respect** even if there's cotton that needs picking. Those rights, as Rachel Maddow once noted, are not up for vote.
However, Liberals are perfectly happy to ignore what they see in the sonogram, instead voting on the human rights of that child with an electorate of one. If mom*** wants it, it's a baby, a human being with full human rights and even medical coverage for in-utero surgery. If she doesn't, then it's a burst appendix or an artery blockage or something. Biology doesn't matter. Rights don't matter. All that matters is a woman's desire.
* From here on out. He does have a son. I'm not sure how that happened and didn't ask.
** and actively protect. Even if it means expelling students for expressing themselves in the Free Expression Tunnel.
*** And only Mom. If Dad decides he does not want to be a parent, he's a deadbeat, to be pursued for material support to the ends of the earth by the full force of law. If Mom doesn't want to be a parent, she's simply an outpatient.