The crosses were made by church member David Hendon for Sanctity of Human Life Month, an annual recognition within the pro-life movement.
The Supreme Court decided Roe. v. Wade on Jan. 13, 1973. President Ronald Reagan issued the first proclamation declaring the third Sunday in January as National Sanctity of Human Life Day in 1984.
Hendon said the number of crosses was meant to represent a portion of the 1.2 million abortions that occur in the United States each year.
“Those crosses are there for babies who never got a chance to live and breath and grow. Hopefully it’s a wake-up call for some people that abortion is permanent. They’re not going to get them back,” Hendon said.
Hendon and several friends constructed 1,200 crosses for Sanctity of Human Life Month two years ago.
There was not room to display them all, and some motorists did not pick up on the significance of the crosses because no signage accompanied them.
This year, the church recognized Sanctity of Human Life Month on its marquee and ordered a sign that reads, “Abortion kills a baby every 24 seconds.”
Hendon said church members have received several phone calls about the display, and all of the responses were in favor of it.
“They were impressed that we would be so bold as to do something like that,” Hendon said. “I didn’t want to do it without the church’s support, and I’ve gotten nothing but support from them. No one has said a negative thing about it yet, so that’s pretty exciting.”
Hendon, a retired school administrator, said the message he hopes to convey with the crosses is that abortion is not the only solution to an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy.
“We would have high school students every once in a while who found themselves pregnant and were looking for answers. They’ve got to have some place to go and need to realize that there is hope out there. There are people who will help them and not judge them, like so many of them are afraid of,” Hendon said.