A sea of white crosses on the front lawn of First Baptist Church Millington offers a reminder to members and visitors. Each of the 4,000 white crosses commemorating Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is a memorial to the approximate number of abortions that take place in America each day.
“We believe all life is sacred because we are made in the image of our Creator God,” said Dr. David Leavell, FBC senior pastor. “More than 50 million babies have had their lives taken in mother’s wombs since the early 1970’s in the United States. These crosses represent the lives of the unborn that are taken daily in our country. It reminds us to pray and become involved in the sanctity of human life.”
The crosses will be up through Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, Jan. 20. Working with FBC to put them up is Confidential Care for Women, a pro-life ministry which exists to work with young women and families facing unplanned pregnancies.
“Confidential Care for Women is a wonderful ministry in our area that is making a difference related to life and women’s health,” Leavell said.
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday has been observed since 1983 to coincide with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973 that legalized abortions under most conditions throughout the United States.
Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush all issued proclamations in honor of the day.