Wednesday February 24, 2010

Priests for Life President Calls for Respectful Burial of Frozen Fetuses

By Kathleen Gilbert

STATEN ISLAND, New York, February 24, 2010 ( – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said today that the 24 or more bodies of dead babies found in the freezer of a Philadelphia abortion clinic should be given a reverent burial as soon as possible. Such a burial should be a public event where people can mourn the loss of life, he said.

“The disrespect that the abortion industry has for the human body is seen not only in the fact that they kill these children, but also in how they treat their bodies after death,” Fr. Pavone explained.

“It is time now for the bodies of these children to be honored with a dignified burial. It should be a public event, so that our nation will have the opportunity to see that abortion is not an abstraction, and so that people can make up in some fashion for the disrespect with which these children have been treated.”

While investigating the abortion-related death of a woman at a Philadelphia abortion clinic last week, local reports say officials uncovered a macabre collection of frozen bodies of unborn children preserved in jars. Some were reportedly thought to have been preserved for as many as 30 years.

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s license was suspended soon after the raid, following a suspension order citing “deplorable and unsanitary” conditions in his office, where officials found blood stains on the floor.

Fr. Pavone has conducted a number of funerals around the country for children whose bodies were recovered from abortion facility trash dumpsters.

“Next to killing the children, there’s nothing that the abortion industry wants more than to keep the violence hidden. Our responsibility is to expose it,” Fr. Pavone concluded.

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