Pro-Life Groups Raise 100-Foot Tall Banner at White House to Oppose Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
October 2, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Several pro-life groups have banded together to hoist a 100-foot tall banner of the number 71 on the west lawn of the White House. The number is representative of the percentage of people in a recent Zogby poll who said they don’t want their tax dollars to pay for abortions.
With Congress considering health care reform proposals — all of which contain abortion funding — the polling figure is especially poignant.
The Christian Defense Coalition and other pro-life groups are raising the banner to remind Congress that Americans don’t want abortion funding in the health care bills.
In collaboration with other pro-life groups, Operation Rescue is launching the "I AM 71" Project.
"We are asking Americans to take a digital photo of them holding a paper with the number 71 and send it to Operation Rescue," the group tells LifeNews.com. "These photos will be posted on the Internet and compiled and sent to members of Congress and President Obama."
"We want Obama and Congress to have to look at the faces of the citizens they are betraying by ignoring their will on this critically important issue," OR president Troy Newman said today. "Seventy-one percent is not just a number. We are Americans of good conscience who deserve to be heard."
"We are also urging our supporters to spread the word to their friends and family members, and post our request for photos on their social networking sites," Newman said.
The project comes after the latest votes from members of the Senate against amendments to strike abortion funding from the Baucus version of the health care bill.
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