Maybe part of the reason is that there seems to be a madness surrounding it; mention the word to the wrong person and you'll get tension, anger, and hostility. Those who speak out in the public sphere in support of life are often labeled "backwards" or even "barbaric." Any debate between the two sides is likely to side-trail into discussions of the hypocrisy of people who blow up abortion clinics.
There is no consensus even within the evangelical community. Responses can range from "look, of course abortion is important, but there are thousands of other important issues," to "until we have a better system set up to care for mothers and children after the birth, abortion is a necessary reality."
There are of course hundreds of valuable tangents to follow. But, I think I just post a couple of responses to abortion that I find meaningful:
Please don't kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child.
This is of course Mother Theresa in a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1994. While of course WBMC cannot endorse everything she says in the entire speech, I cannot help but admire her passion to save the lives of the world's most marginalized, most defenseless, most disadvantaged, most poor.
Another topic is of course the new administration and abortion. WBMC has made it no secret that we believe the President's (and those beneath him's) consistent posturing to be subtle and yet ultimately deceptive and incredibly harmful.
But another has much better words than I: