During some recent media training with the Republican National Convention I was required to participate in a taped mock television interview. During the interview I was questioned by the supposed host about myriad topics, including the controversy surrounding Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to speak at commencement. My response was that, while I'm not Catholic and don't pretend to speak for the Catholic Church or its affiliated organizations such as Notre Dame, I did find some irony in the fact that Gallup just released a poll that showed that a majority of Americans now describe themselves as "pro-life" rather than "pro-choice," the first time this has occurred since Gallup began polling this issue in 1995.
The Catholic perspective is aptly presented in a recent article in First Things http://www.firstthings.com/article.php?year=2009&month=05&title_link=at-the-gates-of-notre-dame-1243228515 :
"John Kerry managed only 47 percent of the Catholic vote in 2004. Barack Obama brought home much more in 2008, and the Democratic party wants to keep those hard-gained votes. The bad economy may have turned some Catholics against the Republicans, but it hasn't necessarily bound Catholics back to the Democrats. The sticking point remains abortion: Catholics are against it, Democrats are for it, and nothing on either side looks likely to budge."
Republicans have long understood that they are on the right side of the issue of life from a moral and cultural perspective. Now it is apparent that we are on the right side of this issue from a political perspective as well. This is yet further proof if you stand by your convictions and advocate your position in a respectful,reasoned manner, voters can be persuaded. Something to keep in mind as the Democrats now in power seek to divide us by class and take our nation down a road never intended by our Founders.