A regional us vs them mentality certainly would have a role. But, growing up when I saw the Confederate Flag I thought of states rights and individual liberty. But it's hard to make the states rights claim when you read the actual Confederate Constitution. It -requires- slavery in all states, taking away the individual states' right to decide that issue.
As for Paul - if you want to say he's not libertarian because of abortion, ok. But keep in mind that by saying it's just a religious issue about a lump of cells, you're prejudging the outcome. Obviously if you consider the unborn fetus to be just a "lump of cells" without rights, then it changes everything. You can say any life form is just a "lump of cells" and rationalize away its rights. But, if you consider the unborn to have some individual rights, then the libertarian thing to do is protect his/her liberties.
Yes, I was indeed doing that, intentionally and as hyperbolic as I could. It was kind of a tit for tat thing to show you how ridiculous you are being. You recognized what I was doing, but don't seem to understand you were doing the same. That's the problem.
What you do is equate everything from conception onwards with a third trimester fetus. However when it is an embryo or a zygote, it is not even a fetus by definition. The things that develop enough to make this fetus a person do not happen until around the start of the third trimester.
Most third trimester abortions are done for medical reasons and in those cases the woman WANTED the baby. It was NOT her choice, both her and the baby would die if she continued.
Your side of course likes to pretend that the very rare elective third trimester abortion is the norm. It most certainly is not.
I actually think elective third trimester abortions are wrong, but I don't think criminalizing them is the answer. I think women need easy access to abortion rather than the roadblocks that some like to put in their way. That way they can do it BEFORE that.
Another misrepresentation of pro-choice is that it's all about "Yeah lets go kill some babies! Woo-hoo!". It is not like that at all. Nobody likes abortion, not even pro-choice. We all want to reduce elective abortions to as close to 0 as possible. We just have different methods.
Your side would like to criminalize and there is also a big overlap with people who make the problem worse through abstinence only education and keeping kids ignorant and unprepared.
Where as on my side of it we want to do the same thing, but through education. This include comprehensive sex education, so kids are informed and prepared for whenever the time comes. We also support emergency contraception to keep the zygote from implanting in case the couple was not prepared.
I don't know if you are going to understand any of that, and/or WANT to understand it. But there it is, the truth about it without any of the hyperbolic propaganda. Notice the conspicuous absence of Nazi comparisons? None of that "pro-abortion" and "anti-choice" nonsensical strawman-based name calling. Come to think of it their given names are actually gross misrepresentations of the issue too. They should really be called pro-criminalization and anti-criminalization.