State representative Debbie Stanford, present Sunday morning, commented that as she understood Colorado state law, since the babies are defined as “medical waste”, the parish was doing nothing illegal. The only way Sacred Heart of Mary’s burial could be considered illegal, she said, is if the state decided to define the remains as human beings.
She continued that, “if the abortion clinic wants to redefine when life begins, then they can challenge [Sacred Heart].”
Late Saturday, the Boulder Abortion Clinic reclaimed at least a few hundred aborted babies from the church citing breaches of contract with Crist Mortuary.
Nevertheless, there were still between three and five hundred cremated babies to be buried during Sunday’s tear-filled ceremony.
LaVelle complied with the request because she was unsure of who had legal custody of the babies but called her return of almost half of them, “the most painful delivery I’ve ever made.”
Though critics, including over half a dozen protesters who lined the road near the church Sunday morning, claimed the church was making a political statement by going public days before the 32nd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, LaVelle maintained that they were doing nothing of the sort.
“The wall was built to replace a feeling, not ever as a political statement”, she said at the Friday night vigil.