What's your position on abortion?
–Timing: the needs of sentient life outweigh the needs of non-sentient life. The earliest sentience has ever been observed in human fetuses is week 18. Once sentient, the fetus is a full human being, entitled to the rights of personhood. Prior to 18 weeks, the needs of the mother take prescience, therefore abortion should be legal up to that point. Pain awareness does not precede sentience; government should not disregard the mother's pain before the fetus becomes aware of pain. Bodily sovereignty is equal to the right to life itself! The recent pandemic shows the disastrous results of failing to place living on equal footing with life. Imagine telling someone they can not work, can not visit a dying spouse, and must submit to experimental medicine, because they "might" expose someone else to a deadly disease.
– Exceptions: doctors should be completely free to determine medical risks for the mother and gestating child. Government should not require proof beyond ordinary record-keeping. Mothers have the sovereign, inalienable right to determine whether quality of life or life itself is more important for their baby. If the mother, in consultation with her doctor, determines that the PHYSICAL (not circumstantial) quality of life will be too poor, then pregnancy termination is implicit in that right. Mothers also have the sovereign, inalienable right to terminate the pregnancy if continuing to carry would pose a severe risk to their own health. Mental and emotional health are equally important as physical health, so mothers should be free to claim rape and incest exceptions, without proof, to terminate their pregnancy. Doctors are mandated reporters, so mothers are already (legally) protected from having to submit to force or extortion by abusers. That protection should be strengthened for improved coverage and efficacy.
– Providers: abortion is always a surgical procedure, and the "abortion pill" carries significant medical risks. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are professionally trained with relevant skill sets should be allowed by law and license to perform respective types of abortion. Providers and clinics should be legally and professionally required to meet rigorous safety standards, including hospital admission privileges. Providers and clinics SHOULD receive government funding in the same way as other medical contexts, because public sentiment is not sufficient grounds for medical discrimination. Equal access to government funding, is a form of Constitutional equal protection. Government also has a compelling civilizational interest to ensure that routine and emergency medical services are geographically accessible to all populated communities. Pregnancy certainly counts as routine medical service!