Not One Cent for Abortion in Health Care: 1 Million Pennies Arrive at White House

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 21, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Not One Cent for Abortion in Health Care: 1 Million Pennies Arrive at White House

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 21
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — They say a picture is worth a thousands words, but, in this case, it may be worth one million. Pro-life advocates are unveiling a display of one million pennies at the White House today to tell President Barack Obama that Americans don’t want any abortion funding in any health care bill.

The pro-life groups sponsoring the effort tell they want to remind Obama that abortion is not health care and that 71% of Americans oppose tax dollars being used to pay for and subsidize abortion.

The Christian Defense Coalition, Operation Rescue and Generation Life say the pennies display is a "teaching moment for the President to learn that not one penny of public money should be spent to destroy and diminish human life through abortion and that human rights begin in the womb."

The pennies were purchased with money donated by pro-life people from across the country who don’t want to pay for abortions under the health care bill.

"Polls show that the vast majority of the American people oppose tax funded abortions. Yet Obama, Pelosi, and Reid persist in disrespecting the opinion of their constituents and have continued on a course that has angered and energized the grassroots across this nation," Operation Rescue president Troy Newman said.

"Today we say unequivocally that we will not politically tolerate even one cent of our tax money being used to help kill innocent children through abortion. Politicians who make the mistake of ignoring the will of the people on this matter of critical importance must understand that we will ignore them at the ballot box and put them out of office on Election Day," he added.

Pennies have been used before as a method of showing how many unborn children have died from abortions.

A group of pro-life advocates in Mississippi collected 50 million of the coins for a unique memorial to mark the deaths of unborn children since Roe v. Wade allowed unlimited abortions in 1973.

The Mississippi Baptist Convention put together this one-of-a-kind visual reminder of the number of babies who have died from abortions.

The group collected pennies from church congregations across the state and erected a large glass house to store all the pennies the size of a backyard storage shed.

We just needed something to memorialize and help people see the magnitude of abortion over the last several decades," Rev. Jimmy Porter, the director of the MBC’s Christian Action Commission, says of the display.

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