The two women hugged and started to cry. Stacked next to them in the office of Colorado’s secretary of state were 29 boxes — each one filled to the brim with petitions. For months, the organizers of “Due Date Too Late” had canvassed the state, desperate to find 124,632 signatures to protect life. They ended up with 13,868 more.
“We are just here being the voice for those who don’t have a voice,” Giuliana Day, one of the cosponsors, said. With volunteers all over Colorado, they managed to be exactly that, gathering more than enough support to put the 22-week limit for abortion on the November ballot. If the secretary of state certifies the petitions, it will be up to voters — not the Democratic House, Senate, and governor — whether Initiative 120 becomes law.
Based on the polling, Colorado’s pro-lifers definitely have a shot. Second- and third-trimester abortions are hugely unpopular in America, even among self-described “pro-choicers.”
When Gallup asked Americans last year, they were surprised to discover just how conservative the country’s views are. Only 13 percent think the procedure should be legal in the third trimester, and not many more — 28 percent — agree on the second. Those are dismal numbers for Initiative 120’s opponents. Even liberal media outlets like Slate have warned that the Left is on shaky ground when it comes this debate. “Even the most pro-choice people,” the admit, “aren’t sold on abortion rights beyond the first trimester.”
Our congratulations to the team of Due Date Too Late for showing other states that it doesn’t matter who’s in power! The people will always have a say as long as dedicated pro-lifers give them one. Now, get out and vote, Colorado! Meanwhile, if you’re wondering where your state stands on late-term abortion, check out FRC’s Pro-Life Map.
Tony Perkins’s Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.