Originally Posted by DementedLogic
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.
This is a thoughtful answer, but before I respond, I have to ask: are you a pro-life conservative?