DH, I decided to read thru before attempting any comment, and sure enough, I am on about the same track as you. Maybe I'm really naive, but I sure can not comprehend some of these republicans' inherently contradictory positions.
Start with what you said: don't the Reps bleat about big government and not wanting it to micromanage or interfere in people's every day lives? So why are they interfering not only in people's lives but in the most personal aspects of those lives: reproductive rights and sexual orientation?
Then, the lives of embryos and fetuses, no matter how they were conceived or what viability they might not have (as in Trisomy 18), are to be preserved in all instances, but mothers' fully birthed and grown children can be murdered in prisons by the [non-interfering] government or can be deliberately executed by being sent into harm's way, I.e., war. I do NOT get it.
And then, these anti-women's rights invaders...why, most of them are men! These men demand respect for their views, but they assume the right to disrespect women's sovereignty. Spanish expression: o todos hijos o todos entenados (literally: [we're all your] sons or all step-sons).
I honestly need someone to explain the justification of these contradictions to me.