SUBLETTE, Kan. -- A monument for unborn babies must be removed from a public cemetery because it violates land use laws that set aside the space for burying human remains, the Kansas Supreme Court has ruled.
The stone monument includes pictures of children, an angel and a heart with a small handprint and reads, "In loving memory of all unborn babies." It also includes a Bible verse from the Book of Isaiah: "I will never forget you. See, upon the palms of my hands I have written your name."
Vaughn and Sharon Lower bought the cemetery lot in 1994, adding the monument four years later over the objections of the Haskell County Cemetery Board.
The state Supreme Court, in an opinion published Oct. 25, upheld the ruling of District Judge Kim Schroeder, who ordered the stone removed because it violates state law.