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Oklahoma church’s controversial crosses drawing attention, criticism

EDMOND, Okla. – Thousands of small white crosses and a big sign that says “Choose Life,” fill the front yard of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond.

Mary Smail said, “Hopefully, it’s touching people of all different faiths.”

Church representatives said they’re promoting a campaign called “40 Days for Life,” a public outcry to end abortion.

Smail said, “It’s not anyone’s place to take a life, even at conception.”

Whether or not you agree with the campaign, it’s hard to miss all the crosses.

There are 3,315 of them representing how many abortions there are in the U.S. each day.

The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Choice responded to the campaign with a statement, saying, “We respect the views of those on the other side, they are entitled to their religious values. But they are not entitled to cram their religious values down the throat of every woman in America.”

While this is a controversial issue, church leaders say they are just hoping to get residents’ attention.

Smail said, “We’re hoping this will touch hearts and help people become more aware of the abortion issue.”

The “40 days of life” campaign ends April 13.

Organizers say they will also host prayer vigils outside Planned Parenthood locations throughout the city.

NewsChannel 4 reached out to Planned Parenthood but they declined to comment on the matter.