The gut reaction is: if you’re pro-life, you vote Republican. In most instances that would help your cause, but that doesn’t seem to be the case in this election.
Why? Because Obama actually has a plan to reduce abortions, McCain does not.
McCain just wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. At the debate he claimed to be a federalist, meaning that he would want the choice to have abortions to go from women to the state legislatures. It would still be a choice, there would still be states that choose to allow abortions, but the only difference would be that now people who have no business in the matter (e.i. men,) would have a say in the decision.
Obama wants to reduce the number of abortions by women through sex education. By educating women on how to avoid unwanted pregnancies, you can reduce the number of abortions much more that by outlawing it in some states. If certain states still allow abortions, women would still be able to have them. The only abortions prevented under this scenario are those where women (girls more likely) don’t know of any way to get to or find an abortion clinic.
Instead of making it trickier for parts of the country to get to abortion clinics, why not have a program that reduces unwanted pregnancies nationwide? That way the number of abortions would be reduced across the country.
So the question is what would a pro-lifer gain by voting for McCain?