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Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

"Abortion takes a human life" bannerDrivers should expect to see pro-life banners on highway overpasses Friday along major thoroughfares in dozens of major U.S. cities.

Tomorrow, small teams of pro-life volunteers will take up stations on highway overpasses in 50 cities throughout the United States for the first-ever National Pro-Life Bridges Day (see earlier story). These volunteers will display banners bearing the message "Abortion takes a human life" to commuters in both directions of highway traffic during rush hour. Eric Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League says hundreds of thousands of drivers and passengers are expected to be reached with this pro-life message.

Scheidler, Eric (Pro-Life Action League)"One of the great things about it and why we're so excited about it is that it really doesn't take very many people to do," Scheidler tells OneNewsNow. "A small crew of just five pro-lifers – two on each banner facing each direction of traffic, plus the one leader who is kind of floating and making sure everything is going okay – can do this project. So you don't need to have a big, huge crowd."

Scheidler expects local law enforcement officers to cooperate with this exercise of free speech. "The federal courts have consistently held that highway overpasses are a public forum where our First Amendment rights are protected," he explains.

The pro-life leader notes that local leaders for this project have been provided with a legal memo from the Thomas More Society that clearly establishes the legality of the project.

Among the 50 cities where National Pro-Life Bridges Day is being held are Tampa, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Omaha, Nebraska; St. Paul, Minnesota; Olympia, Washington; San Antonio, Texas; Fresno, California; Memphis, Tennessee; and the suburbs of Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

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