I think of pro-lifers as middle-aged women with children. Some are right wingers, some are left wingers (the most rabid pro-lifers I've met have been anti-war/anti-capital punishment/anti-abortion activists). They don't look at it as punishing women, but as saving children.
Originally Posted by DeathStar
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
--C. S. Lewis, God in the Dock, p. 292.