The church's leader sees the crosses as a symbol of redemption. And the local Planned Parenthood administrator sees them as a political statement.
What's clear is this: There were 729 abortions during 2008 in the areas between Alleghany and Roanoke counties, and members of Rainbow Forest Baptist Church commemorated them by staking the same number of crosses on a grassy hill the church owns beside U.S. 460 near Bonsack.
It's an expression in an emotionally contentious issue, and it's an example of how some faith groups vocalize their convictions.
"Someone needs to speak up for those who can't speak up for themselves," the Rev. Mike Grooms said. "I'm not going to not do it because it's not the socially accepted thing to do."