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Crosses, banner up for third year commemorating Respect for Life Month.

The sign reads "In the USA 144 Abortions An Hour" and stands behind 144 miniature crosses.

While stances on the issue may be complex, it’s one way or the other when it comes to views on abortion, according to Bob Hull, member of St. Lawrence the Martyr Church in Chester.

For Holl, the display on the church’s front lawn is just a stronger way of explaining the Catholic Church’s stance on the issue. Holl is the church's Respect for Life Ministries director.

The display, which is now in its third year during the month of October, also known as the Respect for Life Month, has not been met with opposition this year so far.

But that’s a different story from what took place in 2011.

The sign, Holl says, was taken down twice while it was displayed last year, and the anonymous opposition didn’t end there.

“We had a few parishioners last year–anonymously–tell us they disagreed with the display,” Holl said. “We received a few emails from people in town who said they were dismayed with the religious beliefs.”

That beliefs, which states abortion of any kind, at any term in the pregnancy is prohibited, is the be-all for someone practicing Catholicism, Holl said.

“It is our belief in the Catholic Church,” Holl said. “If you’re a parishioner or a Catholic and are unhappy with the display, you need to reevaluate. This is what the Catholic Church teaches and is our belief.”

Holl, a parishioner since moving to the area in 1977, said despite this being an election year, the display holds no political significance whatsoever.

“We receive letters from the diocese reminding us the importance of voting and to go out and vote,” Holl said, “but this display has no political ties at all.”

St. Lawrence is one of many Catholic churches in the western Morris County region, but the only one with such a prominent anti-abortion message.

Members of the church, including Holl, learned parishes outside the area and in other states were displaying anti-abortion messages and decided to have its own version.

Located at 375 Main Street in Chester, St. Lawrence owns its property, which rests directly on the roadway–a high-traffic area less than a mile from Rt. 206.

In addition to the display, St. Lawrence will be holding a candlelight vigil Tuesday night at 7 p.m. for the unborn, Holl said. Members and non-members are invited to attend.

biff_roughneck October 25, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Mom - you are a sad case, indeed.
Jersey October 25, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I was born after Roe. I don't need you preaching to me about heartache and suffering - don't you dare patronize me in that way as you have no idea what I've been through in life. As a mother, I am selfless in my live for my children. I feel the same for my parents, and I would certainly choose non-existence over the ruination of their lives. I didn't just "play the death card" (talk about cavalier, wow, glad that matters to you). I would rather my mother have had the option to abort if she didn't want me. Period. Here's the other thing I know: My mom knew 2 women (girls, really) who nearly died at the hands of back alley "doctors" wielding coat hangers. I know you don't care about the women who will die if Roe is overturned as you only care about fetuses. Or, perhaps you dont care because those women "made their beds" (regardless of whether raped, or of their fathers will beat the crap out of them for getting pregnant, but I digress). Must be nice to live in such a simple, black and white world.
biff_roughneck October 25, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Mark - YOUR personal experiences do not constitute a significant sociologic study. As far as Christians go, most are NOT evangelical; please learn the definition of evangelical before tying the Catholic Church to that moniker.
biff_roughneck October 25, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Lucretia, Are you of the opinion that the RC Church has not moved to "put its (affairs) in order?"
biff_roughneck October 25, 2012 at 12:17 AM
AMS - very well thought-out post, and I appreciate your non-religious take on the horrors of late-term abortions. If you're opposed to having your rights infringed upon by others, what of the rights of the developing human? Who speaks on their behalf?


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