Pink and blue flags decorate churches, homes and businesses in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Though colorful, the couple behind the display says they're actually a sad reminder.
The traveling tour of flags represents the 66,000 elective abortions that have occurred in North Dakota since legalization in 1973, which they note equates to roughly 10 percent of the state's current population.
The husband and wife team says they're deeply moved to help those in need of healing -- like the person who recently left a message when the exhibit was in Dickinson: "Out of one of those 66,000, this person that left this there described her regret and her sorrow for having made that choice in the past. So those are the people we want to reach out to and let them know you're not alone," says Maria Wanchic. "There is help out there and we're trying to bring more of those resources available," adds Eric Wanchic.
The couple set up a website -- namethem.org -- where men and women can name their unborn child. They say naming an unborn child can begin the healing process by allowing the person to grieve and find closure.
One place you can see the flags for the unborn is at St. Alexius Medical Center. Notes Gary Miller, President/CEO Administration at St. Alexius Medical Center, "We are a place of healing, so we do serve people who have had abortions, but we do not perform them."
The Wanchics are currently building a database of therapists and clergy who have experience and training in counseling for those who are struggling after an abortion.
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