By Tom Quiner
While Republican presidential candidates gathered in Waukee last night and made the case for the pro-life position, pro life activists continued to hit the streets. Above, Iowans for Life President, Maggie Dewitte, participated in a rally outside Leonard Boswell’s office asking his support to defund Planned Parenthood.
The efforts of activists like Ms. Dewitte are even more important than the efforts of politicians. Grass roots efforts throughout the land are changing hearts and minds one person at a time. We’re seeing it in polling data. The Gallup poll has been asking the following question for the past decade:
“With respect to the abortion issue, would you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life?”
In 2001, only 41 percent claimed to be pro-life. The numbers rose to 47 percent in last year’s poll.
Fox News asks a very similar question:
“On the issue of abortion, would you say you are more pro-life or more pro-choice?”
In 1997’s poll, only 40 percent said they were pro-life, but the number climbed to 50 percent in a poll completed in January of this year.
Democrats are on the wrong side of history on this issue, just as they were in the great slavery debate in the mid 19th century. The tide is turning thanks to tireless warriors for life like Maggie Dewitte.
Thanks for your hard work, Maggie. You are an inspiration to us all.