In keeping with the understanding that conservatism advocates a more government-hands-off policy, it appears to me that the people who favor anti-abortion legislature should actually be considered liberals, and yet they are considered conservatives. Why exactly is this so?
“Keep the government out of our lives as much as possible” seems to be the credo of many self-identified conservatives, especially when gun-control and welfare come up in conversation. And yet this idea seems to be discarded when abortion and drug legalization are being discussed.
Why is it “conservative” to fear the government in matters concerning gun ownership, but “liberal” to fear the government in matters concerning personal autonomy? And what does this apparent inconsistency say about the way in which conservatives and liberals formulate their beliefs?