By Maggie DeWitte
It’s a wrap on the 2021 Iowa State Fair.
This year’s post-pandemic gathering was a kinder, gentler version of the one we experienced two years ago.
No one spat on us or ripped down our signage. Even more, our booth, which we shared with our allies, Iowa Right to Life, was an oasis for Iowans thirsting for someone to champion the rights of the unborn.
People flocked to us.
For example, we gave away an amazing 6550 babies at our booth this year. That’s 600 per day! If you have ever needed an example of IFL’s conscientious stewardship of the resources provided by our stakeholders, this is a perfect example.
These models reveal the beauty and humanity of our unborn brothers and sisters in convincing fashion. Young people take notice.
If you’ve ever wondered why the abortion rate has plummeted in the Hawkeye State over the past two decades, this simple outreach deserves some of the credit. Iowans for LIFE has handed out over a hundred thousand of these models over the years at the Fair and other events.
While kids oohed and aahed over our pre-born baby models, 1270 of their parents signed our petition to pass the Protect Life Amendment.
If you followed us on Facebook, you noticed our “Corn Kernel” poll. We asked people to vote on this proposition:
“To defend the dignity of all human life and protect unborn children from efforts to expand abortion even to the point of birth, we the people of the State of Iowa declare that this Constitution does not recognize, grant, or secure a right to abortion or require the public funding of abortion.”
The results were convincing: 4106 YES verses 259 NO VOTES.
That’s 94% for and only 6% against! What an encouraging indication of the pro-life leanings of this year’s 2021 Iowa State Fair attendees.
We get countless stories from the fair-goers who come to our booth. One story stood out. A gentlemen said he had seven siblings in his family. When his mother got pregnant the seventh time, certain she surely wouldn’t want another child, her employer offered to pay for her abortion.
He looked at me and said,
“I was that seventh child. And I have two children of my own that wouldn’t be here had she taken his offer.”
“I am so glad you were born!”
“He responded teary-eyed,
“Me too! Thank you for being here, I am with you!”
That is why we are at the fair: to be a witness, to be a listener, to be an educator, to be an advocate.
We had tremendous clout at the 2021 Iowa State Fair because of our stakeholders. Your financial support matters.
[Do you want Iowans for LIFE’s pro-life educational outreach to continue? It takes your financial support. Don’t wait. Donate today. Thank-you.]