More women die during childbirth in the US than from abortions. As a medical procedure, abortion is one of the safest for the patient to undergo.
Differentiating between painless methods of ending a pregnancy and those that inflict unnecessary suffering on the fetus/baby is not hypocritical, but merciful. I am strongly opposed to the dwath penalty, but I recognize that some ways of executing a person are more compassionate than others. If we must have capital punishment, let it be as quick and painless as possible.