Saturday, October 3, 2009

140 Foot Image of the Number 71 on the Lawn of the United States Capitol

The display was shown on Friday, October 2
Contact: Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, 540-538-4741, 202-547-1735
WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 /Christian Newswire/ --

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 several months.

The Christian Defense Coalition and Generation Life have joined Operation Rescue in a online
campaign called "I am 71." For more information go to

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 not penny of public money will be used to pay for or subsidize abortions.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states,

"Americans overwhelmingly do not want their tax dollars to be spent on abortions. They know that health care reform should be about healing 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 and let their voices be loudly heard in this national debate on health care reform.

"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."

For more information or interviews call:

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney @ 540.538.4741 202.547.1735

H/T: Catholic Edition
source: Christian News Wire

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    Google "abortion is not health care" for some current history on this fight. You will find articles such as the following:
    Cecile Richards (president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund ) argued that the Catholic position was an ongoing effort to eliminate the “legally protected right to abortion” from American health care.
    . . . . Richard Doerflinger ( associate director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities) said the bishops’ materials about health care reform have been centered on supporting universal coverage, but opposing mandated abortion coverage.
    “She keeps talking about how we’re trying to diminish a right,” he said of Richards. “A mandate is not consistent with a personal choice. If what she’s talking about is people’s personal ability to choose whether or not to buy abortion coverage, we’re not going to oppose legislation that allows that.
    “We’re talking about the government mandating that people purchase abortion coverage against their will. Why would she be against that if she favors ‘choice’?
    “To get into the government-run health plan you must buy abortion coverage. That’s contrary to personal choice. Maybe she should be joining us in our effort.”
    . . . . . The majority of Americans describe themselves as pro-life.
    . . . . “We don’t see the taking of human life, at any stage, as health care at all. Most Americans do not want to pay for abortions,” he (Doerflinger) remarked.
    “We mean by universal coverage what everybody but Planned Parenthood means. That is, we need to cover all the people. We know that people need health care throughout life from conception to natural death. That is why fetology is a branch of human medicine, which Richards seem unaware of,” Doerflinger said.

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