Even the Catholic Church permits procedures intended to save a mother's life when those procedures also bring about the demise of the fetus. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01046b.htm
Alternatively, Jewish moral theology is emphatic that the mother's life be valued above that of the fetus.
To appreciate how religious devotees differ regarding abortion, please see "Judaism and Abortion."
It is useful to remember that Jesus of Nazareth was a practicing Jew.
Notably, Jesus makes no mention of abortion.
As an observant Jew, it is reasonable to assume that the carpenter realized this issue was suffused with ambiguity and moral complexity.
It also deserves mention that there is not a single reference to abortion in the entire bible - Old Testament or New.
For the record, I think abortion is a form of violence that takes human life, but also realize that the trendline of abortion in the United States is downward and likely to become lower than the rate that prevailed before Roe v. Wade.
Lower abortion rates than those prior to Roe v. Wade already prevail in Western Europe.
The abortion debate would assume "full moral stature" if everyone opposed to abortion became as supportive of comprehensive healthcare (and adequate social/economic support) for all mothers who currently see themselves -- and their in utero children -- destined for misery due to insufficient economic and social support. Cardinal Basil Hume considers such support "obvious" if we really wish to minimize abortion. http://allbeggars.blogspot.com/2013/03/this-is-abortion.html
Currently, those who oppose abortion without supporting universal healthcare (and other social support) contribute to unnecessarily high rates of abortion.
As a Catholic, I await the day when -- in addition to clear statement of the Church's position on abortion -- every pulpit resounds with unflinching promotion of Universal Healthcare. http://www.uscatholic.org/culture/social-justice/2011/01/papal-prescription
Despite conservative America's theocratic inclination, the United States is constituted as a Democracy. In light of our democratic principles, it is important to ask: "How many Republicans agree with Todd Akin?" http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/08/22/how-many-republicans-agree-with-todd-akin-on-abortion/