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OTSylROEVWADE26p 1-27 Forty-one people stand at the altar during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Parish in Sylvania Sunday to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s ‘Roe vs. Wade’ decision of Jan. 22, 1973, which legalized abortion in the United States.
Forty-one people stand at the altar during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Parish in Sylvania Sunday to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s ‘Roe vs. Wade’ decision of Jan. 22, 1973, which legalized abortion in the United States.
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Published: Monday, 1/27/2014 - Updated: 10 months ago

Abortion protested in Sylvania

St. Joseph parish marks Roe vs. Wade anniversary

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Dylan Breininger puts a rose in a vase during a special procession at St. Joseph Parish marking the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision. Dylan Breininger puts a rose in a vase during a special procession at St. Joseph Parish marking the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision.
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Parishioners of St. Joseph parish marked the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade ruling that legalized abortion with a somber observance on Sunday in memory of all the unborn children affected by the decision.

For each year the United States has had legalized abortion, 41 people walked in a procession to the altar during the 10:30 a.m. mass. The rose procession is an annual tradition at the parish as a silent and powerful way to protest the Jan. 22, 1973, Supreme Court decision.

The procession began with a man, age 41, carrying a single rose to the altar representing the fetuses aborted that year. He was followed by a 40-year-old, a 39-year-old, and on down, until the last single rose was placed in a vase by a pregnant woman.



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