Pro-Lifers Send 'Big' Message on Abortion Funding

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Pro-life groups wanting to draw attention to a poll showing the opposition to abortion funding made a big statement in Washington, D.C., Friday.

The Christian Defense Coalition put a 144-foot number "71" on the west lawn of the White House to remind Congress of a recent Rogby poll that revealed 71 percent of people oppose taxpayer-funded abortions.

Abortion funding has been a great concern among pro-lifers as health care reform is hammered out on Capitol Hill.

"Let's make health care about healing. Let's make health care about mercy and compassion," said Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition. "Let's not have health care crush human rights and social justice and not be used to promote and pay for abortions."

Friday's display was part of a larger campaign called "Abortion is not Health Care."

Pro-life groups have held prayer vigils, rallies and demonstrations to make their point.

Now, the group Operation Rescue is also launching the "I AM 71" project. They're asking those against public abortion funding to send a picture of them holding a piece of paper with the number 71 on it. The photos will then be compiled and sent to members of Congress and the White House.

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