I Am 71 Campaign Grows to Oppose Taxpayer Funded Abortion in Health Care
by Steven Ertelt
October 12, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The latest grassroots campaign against taxpayer-funded abortions in the health care bills in Congress is growing by leaps and bounds. It’s no surprise that the "I Am 71" campaign is gaining momentum given that 71 percent of American, according to a Zogby poll, oppose abortion funding in health care.
With all of the current health care bills pending in Congress allowing massive abortion funding, the campaign is sorely needed.
As the Senate Finance Committee prepares to vote the last pro-abortion health care bill out to the Senate floor tomorrow, the founder of the campaign says more Americans need to speak up.
Operation Rescue president Troy Newman tells LifeNews.com that the Baucus bill the panel will consider would be the first step toward forcing the American people to fund abortions through a national health care system despite the polling results.
"Nearly three quarters of Americans oppose this ill-advised legislation that would force us to violate our consciences by funding abortions with our tax dollars," Newman said today.
LifeNews.com is a co-sponsor of the campaign along with Newman’s group, the Christian Defense Coalition, Rock for Life, Pro-life Unity, Jill Stanek, the Survivors, and others.
"Even though 71% is a huge majority, most people feel like no one is listening to their deeply held convictions on this matter," Newman said.
That’s why the pro-life groups started the campaign to get Americans to hold up a sign and take a picture or video of themselves saying, "I Am 71" — identifying as a member of the vast majority of Americans who oppose taxpayer-financing of abortions.
Newman said, "The online protest at IAM71.org gives these disenfranchised Americans the opportunity to make their voices heard by Congress in a unique way. We are using the power of the Internet to affect change in our government."
The coalition has released a new video at YouTube urging Americans to join the campaign.
"We are encouraging those who participate to spread the word using e-mail and their social networking sites," said Newman.
"We are also urging them to take their protest to the next level by contacting their Senators and Representatives, protesting at their home offices, and writing letters to their local newspapers in opposition to Obama’s scheme to force Americans to pay for abortions," he said.
"Public pressure is an effective tool. We pray that the Senators will listen to the 71% of American people, and defeat any bill that does not specifically ban the use of tax dollars to pay for abortions," Newman concluded.
Related web sites:
I Am 71 – https://www.iam71.org
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