SHERMAN, Tex. -- The 2008 presidential election continues to heat up with each passing week, and one of the major issues is abortion. The issue took center stage 35 years ago this week with the decision in the Roe vs. Wade case. This weekend, a Sherman church continued a tradition started almost fifteen years ago.
Rows and rows of crosses stand tall beside the Grace Lutheran Church in Sherman, each of which represents one child out of 3,500 aborted each day across the United States.
"We want people to know that this is taking place and again they get a visual reminder of it and you walk through these crosses and you're in the middle of them and seeing them all around you it really is quite compelling," says Michael Matill, pastor of Grace Lutheren.
For the past 14 years, church members have placed the crosses one by one. Matill says there is no better way to remember those without a voice than with a silent memorial.
"When we use crosses that even though it’s an atrocity taking place it is a message of forgiveness that God has.”
What makes this year more significant than the rest is this week marks the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Roe vs. Wade. The case was a landmark in the debate over the legality of abortion and a woman’s right to choose. Its decision, legalizing abortion, led to much controversy over a third of century.
"We ought to have the ability to agree and disagree to voice our opinions in this democracy and not have to worry about being ostracized being intimidated," says Tony Beaverson, chairman of the Grayson County Democratic Party.
Beaverson considers himself pro-choice, he says he is encouraged by the moderate showing by each side of the abortion debate including a the low-key demonstration such as the crosses.
"I’m not upset by it,” Beaverson says. “I think people have every right to voice their opinion demonstrate their concerns without the violence."
While Matill and the church received some negative phone calls, most of it is positive.
"A lot of people notice it and they don’t all know what it’s for we'll get some phone calls sometimes asking us why you put up all those crosses and that gives us a chance to share the message of life that God has for us."