Anti-abortion activists unfurl sign on mesa
August 26, 2008
DENVER ” Anti-abortion activists unfurled a huge sign Tuesday on a mesa west of Denver equating the Democratic National Convention with abortion, but later removed it at the request of authorities.
The three-line sign on Table Mountain in Golden said “Destroys uNborn Children,” with the capital letters DNC lined up vertically.
Denver-based American Right to Life Action said it placed the sign on the 6,551-foot flattop mountain.
About 50 people hiked up the mesa Tuesday to post the sign, but the heat and the exertion took their toll. Deputies sent to the scene gave those in distress food and water, Jefferson County sheriff’s spokeswoman Andrea Burns said.
Some of the protesters agreed to hike back up and take down the sign, made of more than 2,000 queen-size sheets sewn together to form individual letters. It was displayed for about three hours and group president Steve Curtis said the letters were visible from west Denver about 10 miles away.
Curtis said the group wanted to send a message to Democrats gathered in the Mile High City because he believes Barack Obama’s support for abortion rights is extreme.
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“We didn’t want this opportunity to go unnoticed,” he said.
Posting the sign is a violation of the county’s open space regulations which require permits for large groups of people or for any activities outside of hiking, biking or horseback riding on the mountain. Violators can be fined $50, either as a group or per person, but authorities hadn’t decided whether to cite the group, said Thea Rock of Jefferson County Open Space.
American Right to Life Action said the sign is also an attempt to set a Guinness record for largest protest sign. The group says it’s 530 feet tall and 666 feet wide.
Curtis said volunteers in 12 states made the sign in pieces that were then sewn together by workers in Colorado. They worked three shifts a day for four weeks in a junior high gymnasium in suburban Denver and sewed four miles worth of seams, he said.