A resolution encouraging Alabama citizens to “mourn” the unborn lives lost due to abortion by flying flags at half staff has passed both chambers of the state legislature.
Alabama’s House and Senate passed the so-called “Day of Tears” resolution on March 9, making the state the first in the nation to see the resolution approved in both chambers. Similar resolutions have passed the Arkansas House and the Mississippi House.
The resolutions are promoted by a national pro-life organization known as the Day of Tears, which encourages pro-lifers to lower their flags to half staff each year on the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
The Alabama resolution encourages flags to be lowered on Jan. 22, 2021, the anniversary of Roe.
“January 22, 2022, is recognized as the Day of Tears in Alabama, and citizens of Alabama are encouraged to lower their flags to half-staff to mourn the innocents who lost their lives to abortion,” the Alabama resolution says.
Further, the resolution says “over 61 million unborn children have perished” since Roe, a number “amounting to an entire third of Generations X through Alpha.”
Anne Fitzgerald, Day of Tears executive director, credited the Alabama legislature for making history.
“HJR 24 is an important step in the mission to change our culture to one that embraces Life,” Fitzgerald said in a statement. “Thank you to the Alabama Legislature for designating a day to remember and mourn those whom we have lost under the guise of ‘choice.’”
The pro-life group hopes other states adopt similar resolutions.
“We believe that if the culture can be changed, that will contribute to the ending of abortion,” the organization’s website says. “The Day of Tears team asks you to tell everyone you know that “January 22nd is the Day of Tears. Please lower your flag.”
Day of Tears resolutions have also been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate.
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.