The Mississippi Baptist Convention thought a visual display might help illustrate the immensity of the abortion problem. Since abortion was legalized in 1973, at least 50 million babies have been aborted. That is a staggering number and is difficult to wrap our minds around. That's why churches throughout Mississippi collected 50 million pennies to be placed in a display the size of a storage shed.
The Memorial to the Missing, as it is called, is affixed with a plaque which reads:
Before you is a collection of 50 million pennies! Each penny represents one child who has been aborted since the Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade in 1973. A penny like a baby seems to be so small and sometimes of very little worth, but when seen in a collection of 50 million it becomes enormous.
Each coin is a person, but in many cases it also represents the difficult process of decision-making, fear, and loneliness. While some speak of pro-choice, these babies had no choice. While some speak of a mother's right to control her own body, 50 million babies were not given their right to live.
Fifty million missing children represented by these pennies must be cause for us 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.