Church’s anti-abortion display very visible to Boulder voters
BOULDER, Colo. — Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church is serving as a polling place Tuesday, and it is drawing a large number of Boulder County voters to its location on South Boulder Road.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera, those voters have been welcomed by a sea of tiny white crosses. Above them, an inscription: “3,300 Abortions Daily in the USA.”
This isn’t the first time Sacred Heart of Mary has made the news. In 2005, they famously held burial services for the cremated remains of aborted fetuses.
Election officials say the display does not appear to violate any polling place rules, which require political messages to be contained in areas more than 100 feet from every physical polling place on Election Day.
But that hasn’t stopped those election officials from granting voters assigned to Sacred Heart of Mary the right to vote elsewhere.
“Our concern is that people are going to feel a sense of conflict with regard to voting at this church,” election coordinator Molly Tayer told the Camera.
The head priest at Sacreat Heart of Mary, Marcus Mallick, referred the Camera to the Archdiocese of Denver for questions. Spokesperson Karna Swanson said the display is not meant to influence voters, and said it was not erected for Election Day.
It has stood at the church for some time, she said.
“These are ‘Respect Life’ signs to bring awareness to the issue (of abortion),” Swanson said. “The decision to keep them up was based on the success of that ministry.”