Originally Posted by Direckshun
A conservative pro-lifer simultaneously believes that:
(1.) Life is sacrosanct, and must be protected and preserved, and
(2.) government should either
(a.) provide as little or minimal economic assistance and relief to the people as possible, or
(b.) not be in the business of providing economic relief and services to people at all. (This is more of a libertarian position.)
To me, this perspective says simply: every soul with a chance to be born must be born, but once you're born, you're on your own.
Conservatives typically believe that protecting people from other people is an appropriate role of government. They view the unborn as a separate human life, and therefore government has the role to protect it from the mother who may want to "murder" it.
They do not believe that protecting people from themselves is a proper role of government. Welfare is the government protecting people from themselves.
Hopefully that clears it up for you.