NEWARK, Calif. -- Republican presidential hopeful Steve Forbes urged pro-life supporters Saturday to lay the groundwork for banning abortions by turning public opinion against the abortion procedure.
Forbes favors a constitutional "human life" amendment to outlaw abortions. But, like other presidential candidates and many pro-life leaders, he acknowledged in a speech that "many people do not yet agree with our ultimate goal -- a life amendment."
"And while there will be times of disappointment, if you're not out there working on it, how do you make it happen? How do you turn people's minds?" he asked more than 250 members of the California Republican Assembly.
Forbes was the second of five GOP White House hopefuls to address the pro-life CRA, which will endorse a candidate in November and by doing so mobilize thousands of its activists. The group is holding its annual convention here this weekend.
Pro-life activist Gary Bauer was to address the group later Saturday. On Sunday, pro-life candidates Alan Keyes and Sen. Bob Smith of New Hampshire were expected to speak.
Sioux Center, IA -- Republican presidential candidate, Steve Forbes, outlined his pro-life plan of action before an overflow audience of 160 attendees at Dordt College saying, "If we recognize the joy of life and persuade our neighbors and friends, we can reach our goal."
Recognizing that some Republicans are urging the GOP to "tone down or abandon" its pro-life plank, Forbes said, "I don't think we should abandon our goal of the Life Amendment." Strong applause interrupted his remarks.
Forbes noted that the first picture of many newborns is now the sonograms -- an image that clearly shows, "a separate soul and a separate being."
Mr. Forbes's speaking engagement was hosted by the Sioux Land Association for Public Justice and the audience was comprised of college students and local activists.
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