Pro-Life Activists Display 140 Foot Image
of the Number 71 on the Lawn of the United States Capitol
The display was shown on Friday, October 2
The number 71 represents the percentage of Americans who oppose
taxpayer funded abortions according to a nationwide Zogby poll.
This display is part of national campaign organized by the Christian
Defense Coalition called "Abortion is Not Health Care."
This initiative has included prayer vigils, rallies, demonstrations and
lobbying in Washington, D.C. and across the nation over the past
The Christian Defense Coalition and Generation Life have joined
Operation Rescue in a online
campaign called "I am 71." For more information go to Iam71.org.
The large display of the number 71 is to encourage members of Congress
to listen to the wisdom of the American people and ensure that
penny of public money will be used to pay for or subsidize abortions.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition,
"Americans overwhelmingly do not want their tax dollars to be spent on
abortions. They know that health care reform should be about
and mercy not the crushing of human rights through abortion.
"This 140 foot image of the number 71 on the lawn of the United States
Capitol is a powerful reminder to the members of Congress that they
should listen to the wisdom and heart of the American people and
recognize that supporting abortion through tax dollars is a betrayal of
social justice and human rights.
"We encourage all people of good will who support the dignity of human
life to get involved with the the online campaign Iam71.org and let
their voices be loudly heard in this national debate on health care
"To all members of Congress we ask you to step into the present in
which America is embracing a culture of life and pledge that not penny
of taxpayer money will be used for abortions."
Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney
Date: October 3, 2009
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