Memorial: 50 million pennies for 50 million babies aborted

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From the Clarion-Ledger, December 2:

There's a half million dollars sitting on the corner of Mississippi and President streets [in Jackson, MS], but no one could possibly steal it.

That's because the cash is in the form of pennies - 50 million of them - that collectively weigh 156 tons.

The coins, which fill a glass house on the grounds of the Mississippi Baptist Convention building, provide a visual reminder of the number of abortions performed in the United States since the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973. [Photo above shows memorial with only 26 million pennies in 2007.]...

"We just needed something to memorialize and help people see the magnitude of abortion over the last several decades," said the Rev. Jimmy Porter, executive director of the Mississippi Baptist Convention's Christian Action Commission.

Called the "Memorial to the Missing," the penny-filled structure is a project of the Mississippi Baptist Convention, which set out more than two years ago to collect one penny for each child who would have been born were it not for legalized abortion.

Now that the convention reached its goal of collecting 50 million pennies, it plans to invest the money in a fund dedicated to anti-abortion causes.

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"I think it's been real effective," said the Rev. Clarence Cooper, who was president of the convention when the memorial was erected on Mother's Day weekend in 2006, "especially to those who have taken the time to read the large plaque that is there."

The plaque says the coins not only represent aborted babies but "the difficult process of decision-making, fear and loneliness" involved with abortion. It asks passersby to "stop, pray, consider what we are doing as a nation, ask God to forgive us, seek ways to help those who are struggling with the decision and look to the Lord to restore each of us."

Convention spokesman William Perkins said people often stop at the container to pray and insert their own coins into the structure's penny slot.

"There are a number of stories we've heard about grandparents who walk by and saw it and read the plaque and dug in their pockets and put pennies in the memorial for grandchildren who have been aborted," he said. "It's been an interesting couple of years."

Meanwhile, continued contributions can be made to the Mississippi Baptist Christian Action Commission.

Removing the pennies from the container will be no easy feat.

"It will be interesting to see how that's done," Perkins said. "There's no clear-cut way to do that."

The coins are piled 6 feet deep in the 13-by-7 glass house.

The structure weighs more than 300,000 pounds - or the equivalent of 100 sedans stacked on top of each other.

The container is made of steel and bullet-proof glass and is reinforced by five concrete pilings buried 14 feet into the ground.

The first batch of 20 million pennies were poured into the container when the memorial was dedicated in 2006....

Perkins said the memorial's position facing the MS State Capitol sends a message to legislators that MS Baptists support laws that oppose abortion.

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"This is one of the most pro-life states in the country as far as our Legislature goes," he said.

There is only one abortion provider in MS, and the state has some of most restrictive abortion laws in the country....

[HT: LifeNews.com; top photo courtesy of Baptist Press; 2nd photo courtesy of LifeNews.com; 3rd photo courtesy of the Clarion-Ledger


Comments:

Wow.

If it were the actual corpses of the children in question, it would probably be ALOT taller. And redder.

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Posted by: James at December 3, 2008 3:54 PM


James, you're worse than a spammer.

Carder, most abortions happen in the first trimester.

Posted by: Leah at December 3, 2008 3:59 PM


The Vietnam Memorial has over 50,000 names. Imagine if they had a memorial wall to unborn children and each child was given a name.

You would need a THOUSAND walls the size of the Vietnam Memorial to list fifty MILLION children destroyed by this evil.

Posted by: Joe at December 3, 2008 4:08 PM


So true, Joe, so true.


Leah: So? it doesn't make their deaths anymore meaningless.

Posted by: LizFromNebraska at December 3, 2008 5:03 PM


Carder, most abortions happen in the first trimester.

Leah, my miscarriage happened in the first trimester and I have seen exactly what size the baby would be. Carder's statement is true. It would be much bigger and redder.

Posted by: Bethany at December 3, 2008 5:09 PM


Posted by: Leah at December 3, 2008 3:59 PM

James, you're worse than a spammer.
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Keep it up James. You are annoying Leah.

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Carder, most abortions happen in the first trimester.


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Carder, the corpses are smaller and there would be less blood.

But they would have been no less human corpses or to be more politically correct, no less human embryonic/fetal remains.

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Posted by: kbhvac at December 3, 2008 5:28 PM


James,

I posted out of turn. Please disregard my encouragement to anoy Leah with o'bama (pbuh) COLB related posts. You will have to get creative and find some other way to anoy her.

Whistling or drumming your fingers on your desk might work.

Humming the sound track from Titanic might also be effective.

Do you know any traditional Christmas carols?

yor bro ken

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Posted by: kbhvac at December 3, 2008 5:50 PM


The Vietnam Memorial has over 50,000 names. Imagine if they had a memorial wall to unborn children and each child was given a name.

You would need a THOUSAND walls the size of the Vietnam Memorial to list fifty MILLION children destroyed by this evil.

Posted by: Joe at December 3, 2008 4:08 PM

funny I was telling my daughters that some day, not in our lifetime but SOME DAY, there will be monuments in every country to all the aborted babies. We were talking about why each town and city has a cenataph for the war dead.

Posted by: Patricia at December 3, 2008 6:37 PM


I have been involved with prolife long enough to know that most abortions take place in the first trimester, people.

And what comes out is usually alot squishier and thicker than the average penny.

Couple that with the fetal happy meals in Hodari's dumpster and, yes, we're looking at a colossal monument.

Posted by: carder at December 3, 2008 7:26 PM


There's a half million dollars sitting on the corner of Mississippi and President streets [in Jackson, MS], but no one could possibly steal it.

Less than that, currently, about $477,000.

Masters of Deflation.

Several times earlier this year it would have been about $1,250,000.


Posted by: Doug at December 3, 2008 8:08 PM


Whistling or drumming your fingers on your desk might work.

Humming the sound track from Titanic might also be effective.

Ken,

:: laughing ::

I'm mighty glad that your sense of humor has shown through in the last couple months.

Cheers, Brother!

Posted by: Doug at December 3, 2008 8:10 PM


50 million what a horrific tragedy! That is about 1/6 of the population of the entire US! More than the population of Canada.

Unbelievable.

Posted by: Joanne at December 3, 2008 10:31 PM


whoa,

Canada has a population of less than 50 million people?!?!

Classic overachievers: Actors, comedienes, singers, musicians, cartoonists, hockey players, curling, cheese, bacon.

O Canada, say can you see by the dawns early light.

yor bro ken

Posted by: kbhvac at December 3, 2008 11:11 PM


How many of those 50 million would have been raised in poverty by single moms with little education? And how many of them would have grown up to do likewise? And would this country have helped them? Would they have done it any better than they help those in poverty now?

Something to think about.

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 8:31 AM


so growing up poor would be bad? We don't NEED cable and three expensive cars and vacations to Europe. We need food, water, clothes and shelter (roof over heads).

Are you saying being aborted is better than growing up without cable television?

Posted by: LizFromNebraska at December 4, 2008 9:16 AM


How many of those 50 million would have been raised in poverty by single moms with little education? And how many of them would have grown up to do likewise? And would this country have helped them? Would they have done it any better than they help those in poverty now?

Something to think about.

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 8:31 AM
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Is this question asked as a means to justify murder?

Posted by: HisMan at December 4, 2008 9:16 AM


Liz, you know very well that's not what I mean. I'm talking about people who struggle to clothe their children. Who can't afford to feed them a healthy diet. Who can't afford heat. Who can't afford to live in a safe neighbour hood away from crime and drugs and guns. Who don't have good schools to send their kids to. Who are never home because they have to work two or three low-paying jobs just to survive and as result their kids are unsupervised and get into trouble in the bad neighbourhoods we live in. Trips to Europe? Please!

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 9:23 AM


Sorry, bad neighbourhoods THEY live in.

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 9:24 AM


Hisman this question was asked to make people consider why it is that some people choose abortion and the outcome for many when they don't.

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 9:40 AM


Asitis, but the ultimate conclusion of "choosing abortion" is that you kill your child.

We don't promote infanticide within poor neighborhoods, and we shouldn't promote abortion either.

Posted by: lauren at December 4, 2008 9:52 AM


Lauren the point is rather trying futiley to restrict access and make abortion illegal, address the reasons why women choose abortion if you want to reduce them.

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 10:10 AM


asitis, abortion rates skyrocketed after they were made legal. Making them illegal will reduce their prevalance.

I agree that we need to do more to help pregnant women, but those outreaches do not replace an abortion ban.

Like it or not, there are still women who have the means to have a child, but choose abortion because they don't want to interupt their promotion or their masters thesis. Not every woman seeking an abortion is impoverished

Posted by: lauren at December 4, 2008 10:21 AM


lauren I realize not everyone is impoverished who has am abortion. And personally I don't have a problem with that provided it's their choice.

I realize making abortion illegal would reduce the numbers (( but not to zero) . But you' be trying that for a long time and it's not working. Try something that will.

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 10:31 AM


Are you saying being aborted is better than growing up without cable television?

Liz, some of the TV shows these days are so bad that some babies are coming out, taking a look at the tube, and saying, "The heck with this....."

Posted by: Doug at December 4, 2008 12:46 PM


Asitis, you are assuming that we can not do both simultaneously. This is not the case. Pro-lifers are already trying to help women to have the resources to not choose abortion. We run crisis pregnancy centers and push for better legislation for prenant women.

However, we will also continue to work for abortion to be recriminilized. It's not an either or scenerio. Both methods can occur together.

Posted by: lauren at December 4, 2008 3:25 PM



I realize making abortion illegal would reduce the numbers (( but not to zero) . But you' be trying that for a long time and it's not working. Try something that will.

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 10:31 AM

When the MSM is behind the abortion movement, it's tough to get the pro-life message across. The advent of the internet news and blogs, etc... makes this a whole new ballgame for pro-lifers. You will see much more support for the movement in the future.

As an aside, I recently read that abortion statistics showing the high number of impoverished women being served by the abortion industry also includes underageteenagers who are only required to report their own income, not their parents. In all likelihood many are not living in poverty at all. They are living with their parents.

Posted by: Janet at December 4, 2008 3:50 PM


Sorry for the typing errors. Yikes!

Posted by: Janet at December 4, 2008 3:51 PM


but the work to criminalize abortion is futile and you are doing a lousy job of helping others.

We need more than pregnancy centers. We need day care so mothers can work and finish school. We need better schools. We need affordable homes in safe neighbourhoods. And we need to reduce teen pregnancy

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 4:09 PM


well that's a relief janet! Those teenage mothers are off to a great start! No need to worry about that.

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 4:15 PM


I'm surprised no one has even mentioned the word "adoption". My aunt and uncle were on a waiting list for 10 years before they adopted my cousin. Unwanted children? Not in this country.

Posted by: Laura at December 4, 2008 4:23 PM


Asitis, look up the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pregnant and Parenting Students Services Act.

Feminists For Life are most definitely trying to help women finish their educations.

There are crisis pregnancy centers everywhere, but the pro-choice side is constantly trying to demonize and defraud them. These centers give real help, but I'm afraid it will be hard for them to survive under an Obama administration.

Posted by: lauren at December 4, 2008 4:23 PM


defraud should read defund.

Posted by: lauren at December 4, 2008 4:26 PM


Laura were they willing to adopt a black baby? A baby with birth defects? HIV positive?FAS? Crack baby?

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 4:36 PM


Woa, I thought the big problem was poverty? Now, it's crack babies, ok. Let's just murder the ones who don't matter as much. Their skin's the wrong color. Racist Planned Parenthood's got a hold on that. They know JUST how to kill black babies. It's why they were founded after all. See the black babies are the real parasites. They take a certain technique, and we've gotta weed those out for the good of the "race".

Margaret Sanger's philosophy, not mine.

Posted by: Laura at December 4, 2008 4:40 PM


Asitis, interestingly enough, it is sometimes harder to adopt a child with special needs or to be approved for an interracial adoption.

There are actually waiting lists for people trying to adopt a child with an givin disability. There are so many hoops to jump through (more every day) that it is often very difficult to adopt.

There is the additional issue w/ foster adoption that not all children w/in the system are available for adoption.

For this reason, in addition to good adoptive parents, we really need good foster parents.

Posted by: lauren at December 4, 2008 4:42 PM


laura, you mistook me. What I was asking was did they have to wait so long because they wanted a perfect and white infant ? We know there is a high demand for them. I don't know about for babies with "issues".

I do know this: my friend's brother and his partner wanted to adopt and were told it would take a long time . But once they added that they would like to adopt a black or mixed race baby, there was no wait.

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 4:55 PM


My cousin IS mixed race. He's part hispanic. He was born to a 16 year old girl who gave him up for adoption because she knew he could have a better life. She could have sucked him out of the womb with vacuum aspiration, but he's alive today and he's the ONLY child of my aunt and uncle who can't have children. He's been an enormous blessing to them, and I've heard so many stories about the enormous blessings that babies with medical issues can be. If I were a DS baby, I would have a personal vendetta against the abortion industry. I think it's disgusting that we target these special children for abortion like we've gone out deer-hunting. Ready. Fire. Aim. The goal is to kill them all before they're born or abort them and drop them in plastic bags filled with bleach so they die from the fumes. This idea of "If you're not wanted, you have no worth." is the most depraved, sickening thing I have ever come across in my life.

Posted by: Laura at December 4, 2008 5:12 PM


Laura, some very good points! I don't think I've ever seen you here before...welcome!

Posted by: Bethany at December 4, 2008 5:23 PM


Thank you very much. :)

Posted by: Laura at December 4, 2008 5:24 PM


odd that they had to wait so long for a mixed race baby while in my friend's brother's case there was no shortage.

I think the other issue you are dealing with with the adoption choice is that for many people it is easier for them to handle a very early abortion then to have a baby develop inside of them and then give it up. I know that almost all of you here will not understand that ( I don't expect you to) and will cry foul. But that is the reality and I may be the only one to bring it forward here. And when you are discussing solutions you need to know that the majority differ from you on many things

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 5:48 PM


No, I agree that is the case, Asitis (5:48). It's called selfishness; Putting your own wants/desires above the needs of another individual.

Posted by: Bethany at December 4, 2008 5:53 PM


You know, a lot of people don't go to work and support their family- not because they are unable but because it's just easier not to get up every morning and work hard to bring in the money. Besides, the government will provide. Sure, people suffer for it, but it's "easier".

Same with people who decide to abort rather than adopt out...it's the same principle.

Taking the easy way out is selfishness.

Posted by: Bethany at December 4, 2008 5:57 PM


ESPECIALLY when the "easy way out" takes the life of a human being.

Posted by: Bethany at December 4, 2008 5:58 PM


See that's why you won't EVER understand how they feel about this. Because to you, a two week old pregnancy is a human being. To many it's not. I don't expect you to see it that way. I'm just telling you that's the reality of the situation.

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 6:06 PM


See, Asitis, that's why you won't EVER understand how we feel about this. Because to you, a two week old unborn child is just a mass of cells, or a "potential" for life. To those of us who have studied biology, and actually met our own tiny babies, they know it's not. They know it is a unique human life. I don't expect you to see it that way. I'm just telling you the reality of the situation.


Posted by: Bethany at December 4, 2008 6:08 PM


Bethany you misunderstood. Maybe I phrased it ambiguously... When I said that's the reality of the situation I meant "that to many (most?) people a two week old fetus is not a human being and it is easier to abort than to let it grow into a bay and then give up". I don't expect you to feel the same way as them. But that is the way they feel.

Do you see what I'm saying now?

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 6:16 PM


My baby, Blessing, who died at about 6 weeks after conception. Not just a "pregnancy" or "product of conception".

Posted by: Bethany at December 4, 2008 6:18 PM


But Asitis, this is the thing: I'm well aware of the fact that other people don't agree. I don't understand where you're coming from if you think I've been on this pro-life blog, and discussing with people of opposing views for years, and somehow don't know that people have opposing views? I don't understand. Why would you think I don't know that other people don't believe the way I do? How ignorant would I have to be? It is insulting.

Posted by: Bethany at December 4, 2008 6:20 PM


Is having an abortion because you are not aware that there is an individual human being in there fair? Having an abortion based on misinformation- is that right?

Posted by: Bethany at December 4, 2008 6:24 PM


Asitis, I understand their thinking, but it is based on a faulty premise.

They think that it will be easier to say goodbye to something after only a few weeks than at the end of pregnancy. In their mind, "terminating a pregnancy" isn't the same thing as killing a "person" so they do whatever they think will be easier for them.

The problem, of course, is that they are killing a human being. Thus, they should examine their choicec as A)Killing a human being or B)Giving the same human being away.

Most parents would choose B if a situation arose thta forced them to either kill their child or give the child up f or adoption, even though giving a child away would be heartbreaking. There is an extreme amount of denile that must go into the logic of someone who decides to abort in order to "save" themselves/the child from adoption.

Posted by: lauren at December 4, 2008 6:51 PM


It's not a case of not being aware or being misinformed bethany. It's a case of feeling differently about it than you do. To them it is not about being selfish. That is what I think you don't know.

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 6:55 PM


Asitis, Lauren addressed your point really well at 6:51.

I am aware that many do not think it is a case of being selfish. I am aware that many of them have psyched themselves into believing they aren't carrying a human being. I'm aware that many of them may be completely ignorant of fetal development. But their opinion doesn't change the reality.

If you were to tell me that rape is selfish and cruel, and I were to tell you that there were other people who thought rape was not selfish or cruel, would that make a difference to you?

Posted by: Bethany at December 4, 2008 7:08 PM


That rape is selfish or cruel is not debatable. It is fact. It is not fact that abortion is murder. And I am not getting into that debate with you. It is futile. I will not change your mind. You will not change mine. For all the decades you have been trying you have made no progress. Abortion contimues to be offered legally. Woman continue to choose it. This country just voted for a Pro-choice government. Canada just bestowed its highest honour to a doctor that notoriously performs abortions.

If you feel so strongly about stopping every abortion you can possibly stop, you should work mainly to reduce teenage and other unwanted pregnancies and also to improve the situation for poor and uneducated women who might choose to keep their babies.

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 7:47 PM


Asitis, I have read here for some time. This is clearly a Pro-Life site, as it states at the top of this page. How can you affect outrage when you bring your prochoice views here? Those of us who have been in the trenches for decades for life have heard everything you are saying about a million times. No, you aren't changing minds. In your post at 7:47, you say over again what you have said many times here, despite what others have posted that they are doing actively to address the very things you are concerned about. Are you deliberately ignoring their posts in an effort to provoke? It certainly seems so to me.

Posted by: Glynn at December 4, 2008 8:54 PM


Here's the thing Glynn. In our society we don't have widespread acceptance (oh, I'll be in trouble again for that word!) of teenage sex and on this site acceptance is almost non-existent. And yet, we've 80% of teens are sexually active. Most of the people on this site are vehemently against premarital sex, regardless of age. And yet 90% of adults have sex before they are married and it's been that way for the last 40 years. And most interesting to me, there are some (many? most?) here who are against birth control, even if married. This depite the fact that the vast majority of people use it, even Catholics. (The United States Bishops acknowledged that most(they estimate 96%) of Catholics use artificial birth control).

So it seems to me there's a bit of a disconnect here. And I hope that's where I and others come in.....

Posted by: asitis at December 4, 2008 9:28 PM


Oh Bethany,
I love Blessing. I love seeing this picture. I love you.

Posted by: Carla at December 4, 2008 9:31 PM


That rape is selfish or cruel is not debatable. It is fact. It is not fact that abortion is murder. And I am not getting into that debate with you. It is futile. I will not change your mind. You will not change mine. For all the decades you have been trying you have made no progress. Abortion contimues to be offered legally. Woman continue to choose it. This country just voted for a Pro-choice government. Canada just bestowed its highest honour to a doctor that notoriously performs abortions.

Asitis, that is a very weak argument. After all, many horrific things have happened even in our own nations' history which have been "debatable" at one time or another.

One that immediately comes to mind is slavery. At one time, whether slaves were property or full persons was very debatable. If you had lived in the time when slavery was legal, would you have argued that because the subject of slavery was debatable, it was therefore a gray area?

Posted by: Bethany at December 4, 2008 10:10 PM


Carla,


Posted by: Bethany at December 4, 2008 10:12 PM


No matter what else goes on, I will say that Bethany and Carla's testimony is the most powerful Pro-Life testimony I have ever seen.

Not to diminish others who have posted here - there have been some good ones.

But in getting to know Carla and Bethany, I see that their message has great weight for many women who are pregnant and conflicted about it, and I know that they both truly have no ill will toward anybody, and that they are motivated by their caring for everybody.

And this is a powerful thing.

So... there will still be times when I'll probably argue tooth-and-nail with them (especially Bethany) but again - no matter what else happens, I will always remember them, and always love them.

Cheers, B and C.

Doug

Posted by: Doug at December 4, 2008 10:53 PM


"If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." -Anatole France
It doesn't matter if every woman in America besides the ones who speak here have abortions. Abortion is still murder. Normalizing a behavior doesn't make it appropriate.

(By the way, I'm 24 years old, don't use birth control, and am a virgin while being engaged to a wonderful guy. So I guess I fit the stereotype.)

Posted by: Laura at December 4, 2008 11:31 PM


No, abortion is not "murder." Sheesh....

Posted by: Doug at December 4, 2008 11:50 PM


I agree! Sheesh...LOL.

Posted by: Laura at December 5, 2008 12:42 AM


Doug, I have been thinking exactly the same thing about Carla and Bethany. You have expressed it beautifully.

Thank you Carla and Bethany.

Posted by: asitis at December 5, 2008 4:13 AM


Nice to meet you, Laura. You are a wonderful example of chastity. God love you.

Posted by: Bobby Bambino at December 5, 2008 6:30 AM


Oh Doug,
What a wonderful thing to say. It means a lot to me. Truly. Love you!

Virginia,
You are welcome.

Laura,
God bless you, girl!! I am so very proud of you.

Posted by: Carla at December 5, 2008 6:46 AM


Doug, that really means a lot to me. Especially being in the same group as Carla. I think Carla is one of the sweetest people ever.

Asitis, what you said also meant a lot, and surprised me too! (I actually wasn't sure if you liked me!) :)

I really like both of you too, and enjoy discussing topics with you, even though I do and will continue to get frustrated at times. I appreciate both of you for your respectfulness and courteousness. And Asitis, I think you have a big heart...I saw that in your earlier conversation about your family.

Posted by: Bethany at December 5, 2008 2:06 PM


Oh Bethany, this is so sweet! Really brings a smile to my face. :)

Posted by: Bobby Bambino at December 5, 2008 2:25 PM


Now I know where to throw my change, if all it costs is a penny then I'll totally chip in to fill that jar..

Posted by: Yo La Tengo at December 6, 2008 5:00 PM