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Operation Rescue Launches 'I AM 71' Project in Opposition to Taxpayer Funded Abortion
Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, info@operationrescue.org 
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Friday, October 2, 2009, the Christian Defense Coalition and other pro-life groups will raise a 100 foot image of the number 71 on the west lawn of the White House to remind Congress that, according to a recent Zogby Poll, 71% of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion in the proposed health care reform package.

In support of this effort, Operation Rescue is launching the "I AM 71" Project. We are asking Americans to take a digital photo of them holding a paper with the number 71 and send it to Operation Rescue. These photos will be posted on the Internet and compiled and sent to members of Congress and President Obama.

Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee voted down an amendment proposed by Sen. Orrin Hatch that would have ensured that tax funding for abortions was permanently banned in the public health care system. It also rejected a "conscience clause" for health care providers that choose to opt out of participating in abortions, opening the door for forced participation.

"We want Obama and Congress to have to look at the faces of the citizens they are betraying by ignoring their will on this critically important issue," said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. "Seventy-one percent is not just a number. We are Americans of good conscience who deserve to be heard."

Operation Rescue is urging the American people opposed to taxpayer funded abortions to take digital photographs of themselves with the number 71 with their cameras, cell phones, or other devices, and send them to photos@operationrescue.org.

We are also urging our supporters to spread the word to their friends and family members, and post our request for photos on their social networking sites.

Send "I AM 71" pictures to photos@operationrescue.org.

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About Operation Rescue®
Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation and has become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in America. Operation Rescue is now headquartered in a former abortion clinic that it bought and closed in 2006.  From there, Operation Rescue launches its innovative new strategies across the nation, exposing and closing abortion clinics through peaceful, legal means. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to stop abortion and ultimately restore legal personhood to the pre-born in obedience to biblical mandates. Click here to support Operation Rescue.