STATEN ISLAND, NY, April 25, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – Three national pro-life groups have announced a “National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children” to honor infants killed by abortion. The inaugural date will be Saturday, September 14, 2013.
The nationwide observance will be marked by simultaneous memorial services in multiple cities at gravesites of aborted babies. The bodies of aborted babies have been buried at more than twenty-five locations nationwide. Many of their bodies were retrieved from trash bins outside abortion clinics, or pathology labs where the bodies of aborted babies are often shipped. Some graves have hundreds of bodies buried in them.
Recently Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for life has asked authorities for the bodies of the babies recovered from Gosnell’s House of Horrors. The bodies of some 45 babies were recovered from the clinic, where they were kept frozen in a variety of containers in freezers. Fr. Pavone hopes to give the babies a proper burial.
The Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is being coordinated by Citizens for a Pro-life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-life Action League. The coalition of pro-life groups expects thousands of people from across the country to participate in the memorial services. This is the first time in the history of legalized abortion that such nationwide memorials will be conducted.
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“It’s sobering to realize that grave markers for the unborn victims of abortion list only a date of burial,” said Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-life Action League, in a statement. “They have no birthdays because they were never allowed to be born. We can list no date of death, because those who killed them discarded their bodies like garbage. But they are not garbage to us. They are our brothers and sisters. That’s why we buried them, and that's why we visit their graves to mourn for them and testify to their humanity.”
Said Monica Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society, “Since 1973, 55 million innocent unborn children have been killed with the sanction of law. A fraction of these victims of the American slaughter were actually buried. The graves of these victims are scattered across America – graves of sorrow and graves of indictment on a nation that permitted the killing of the innocent.”
Fr. Frank Pavone said he hopes the memorials will remind the public that real human beings are killed by abortion. “Abortion is not an abstract issue,” Fr. Pavone said. “Having a memorial service where these babies are buried reminds us that abortion is not merely about beliefs, but about bloodshed; not just about viewpoints, but victims.”
The event’s organizers said they hope that in the months between now and the memorial services, the public will learn more about the stories behind each of these sites and how the babies were killed, and later honored by being retrieved and buried.
They also said that local leaders and activists are needed to help organize the memorial services. Those interested in participating can find out more at www.AbortionMemorials.com.
For more information:
Eric Scheidler, 773-251-8792, [email protected]
Monica Miller, 248-444-9096, [email protected]
Fr. Frank Pavone, 347-286-7277, [email protected]