Well my wife has "given" birth, at home except for the first, naturally, to 5 babies all over 10 lbs, actually I take that back, Mary Inger was 9lbs 10oz. And I said "we" lived below the poverty line, so she understands the hardships of being poor and giving birth. And her parents were poor if that satisfies you. And she is more pro-life than me.
I did "deliver" 4 of the babies though. Is that more valid to you than just being there? It was a walk in the park compared to what my wife was going through, but it wasn't easy. And when you are poor, it's a little freaky thinking how you are going to pay for it all.
Fortunately, the struggle was worth it and now we are very successful. So if we have a 6th under these circumstances I'll ask my wife if it is any less or more of a hardship. She'll probably slap me!
Oh, and I'm sure now you are typing, "yeah, but your wife might have been poor and understands the hardships better than most, but she had you, what about poor single woman, do you understand their hardship? Would you impose such a hardship on them?" I'll save time and answer you now, obviously I'm not a poor and single mother, but our church is in the inner city and we help these woman. And there are multiple families in our church who have adopted children from poor single mother's and would adopt more if they were available. None of the poor single mother's we help seem anything but grateful and happy to have not aborted their babies. And I've never heard any of the adopted children say or be rumored to say, "man, being adopted by this Orthodox family sucks, I wish my mom would have ripped me apart in the womb instead of waiting 5 months to deliver me."
I wouldn't want to impose a hardship on anyone. I would ask them to deliver the baby and then ask me or someone like me to help them endure the hardships and get them whatever help they need. Except for the very rare cases where a mother's life is truly at risk, I don't know why an Orthodox Christian, or any Christian for that matter, would have any other response. I do believe that before we can tell women, "no abortions of convenience", we must be ready to help them with the hardships of caring for them. And that means Churches and Christians who are against abortion must be ready to get out of their pews and help people on a personal level. If not for the poor mother, for the poor mother's children.
You've 'been' at your children's births, I'm guessing that you haven't given birth to any of them. See, I can make certain inferences based solely on your biological gender. Not to dismiss your opinion based on this alone; but the fact that you would take the position of wanting to use oppressive law to impose hardships you will never experience does make me take note.
And, I will even confess, your living below the poverty line has probably placed you slightly closer to these circumstances than I've even been (or ever want to be). I was pretty poor as a student (but according to Karl Marx, at least, that doesn't mean anything since I should be judged based on the standing of my parents...so much for the ideal of every person being judged for who the are, independent of who their ancestors were), but other than that I've always managed to find jobs that placed me firmly in the upper-middle class. But, still, you didn't have to give birth and at least you had your wife and did not have to deal with it alone. And, even then, if you had gone through that and had managed it just fine, I still don't believe you would have the right to presume that all people can do it and impose these hardships on them.