Halloween Crosses Mark Scary Abortion Reality

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WASHINGTON -- Nine-hundred and fifteen pink crosses filled the lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol building this Halloween.

Rev. Pat Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, told CBN News why.

"We billed this as 'what's the most scary thing in Washington D.C. Today?' The most scary thing is our government gives $540 million to an organization that kills 915 children a day. That's over 335,000 a year," Mahoney said.

The organization getting all those taxpayer dollars is Planned Parenthood, which aborts one child every 95 seconds.

Missy Martinez, with Students for Life, helped set up the 915 crosses marking Planned Parenthood's daily abortions.

"Once you see that visual you realize how many it really is," Martinez said as she stuck cross after cross into the Capitol Hill grounds.

"Because you hear the number 915 and you say, 'Yeah that's big.' But you see the actual layout of 915 crosses and it's just very sobering," she said. "It hurts your heart when you realize it's that many children that die every day from abortion."

And that's just at Planned Parenthood.  

Along with the Christian Defense Coalition, Students for Life put on this display: important because student-aged Americans are the main customers for abortion. But they are also the biggest opponents, the pro-life movement's hope for the future.

Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, talked to CBN News about today's college age generation.

"This is the generation that's being directly targeted by Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry," Hawkins said. "Ironically, though, this is the generation that is pro-life. They're the least likely to actually favor abortion because we've seen the 3D ultrasounds of our brothers and sisters in the womb."

"We all know what partial birth abortion is," she continued. "So we see abortion differently than previous generations."

Pro-lifers young and old keep talking about Planned Parenthood and its monumental amount of abortions because most Americans still don't know about it.

"Sixty percent of the American public has no idea that Planned Parenthood provides abortions, let alone it's the largest abortion provider in the world," Mahoney said.

And that's in a country where more than 70 percent of its citizens say they're against taxpayer funding of abortions.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday that she's not sure about abortion funding under Obamacare.

Hawkins smirked at that claim.

"Abortions are covered under Obamacare and taxpayers are going to be funding it," she stated. "But what's really interesting is the secretary herself wrote a memo this April demanding that all insurance providers cover Planned Parenthood and their services in the health insurance exchanges."
               
These pro-life groups wanted to make sure they put up the 915 crosses on the Capitol grounds because it's Congress that actually funds whatever government pays for.

"We're saying, 'Look, 915 children die a day because of Planned Parenthood and you helped do it. You help fund this organization,'" she said.

"And under Obamacare the tragedy is that money to Planned Parenthood will only increase," Mahoney added.

Mahoney mentioned that the House of Representatives, which is majority pro-life, could defund Planned Parenthood any day it wants to.

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