Life is a Winning Issue | Opinion

June 24, 2022, was a remarkable day in the history of the United States. That day was when the unjust and unconstitutional Roe v. Wade opinion inventing a constitutional right to abortion was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

It was a day of celebration for the millions of Americans who had been praying and working towards that moment for almost 50 years. Roe, decided in 1973 by seven out of nine Justices at the Supreme Court, was out of step with the preferences of the American people.

Polling data throughout the 50 years of legalized abortion in this country consistently found around 70 percent of Americans believe there should be restrictions on abortion. That's two-thirds of the American people who want some type of protections for a baby in the womb.

So why, oh, why are some Republicans running away from a winning issue now?

Last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced a bill that would limit abortion to 15 weeks' gestation. As I pointed out at a press conference with Sen. Graham and other policy leaders, that's a pretty low bar when you consider most countries in the world, including France, have even stricter laws on abortion.

Yet instead of embracing the chance to affirm the value of every human life, to move the ball in the direction of protecting even one innocent unborn child from a cruel death, Graham's Senate colleagues seem hesitant amid the liberal media's usual skepticism. Some even ran right into the arms of the media to complain about the "timing" and the "message this sends" in an election year.

That's politics for you.

Lindsey Graham abortion bill press conference
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 13: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during news conference to announce a new bill on abortion restrictions, on Capitol Hill September 13, 2022 in Washington, DC. Grahams proposal would enact a national ban on abortions after the 15 week mark. Also pictured, at left, President of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America Marjorie Dannenfelser. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

No doubt Republican campaign consultants and pollsters are telling elected officials to stay away from the issue because it is "too controversial." After all, they say, "we have to appeal to the middle, to suburban women."

Democrats have no qualms about clearly defining their barbaric position of having absolutely no limits on abortion. Soon after the Dobbs v. Jackson decision, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation proving how a far they will go: up to the point of birth even if the baby is viable outside the womb.

After 50 years of fighting this fight for mothers and unborn children, pro-life advocates know the story never changes. We changed the law by changing minds and hearts across the country and being confident in our position, knowing that the majority of Americans agree with us.

But politicians seem to always take the path of least resistance. They tremble at the thought of bad media coverage. Do they not realize that the American people can see they are acting out of fear and not out of conviction?

My advice, and the advice of the hundreds of thousands of women I represent as president of Concerned Women for America, is to speak the truth at every point. Especially when it is hard. That's the type of leaders the American people are desperately craving.

When you stand for truth, you expose the unreasonable, radical position of the other side. Following Dobbs, domestic terrorists have firebombed pregnancy care centers and vandalized pro-life organizations like ours. Americans reject such extremism.

Expose the lies of Big Abortion and their political word games about what the overturn of Roe means. They perpetuate falsehoods in order to scare women into supporting them politically. We must respond by speaking the truth.

Politicians should take note. Abortion isn't just another campaign issue. We suggest standing with conviction and boldness on the side of women, their babies, and the truth. Doing so will always be a winning message, for we can never forget that it is truth that makes us free.

Penny Nance is the CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, the nation's largest women's public policy organization.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.