About the Marian Shrine of the Unborn in Newton Grove, North Carolina
Marian Shrine of the Unborn at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
In 1988, Day of Remembrance sponsor organizations Citizens for a Pro-Life Society (CPLS) and the Pro-Life Action League (PLAL) discovered that a pathology lab in Northbrook, Illinois was dumping aborted babies on a loading dock connected to the pathology lab.
The babies were left out in boxes to be picked up by a waste incinerator company and burnt with trash. These aborted babies were being shipped to Vital Med from abortion clinics all over the country.
One of the clinics was the Raleigh Women's Health Organization. Members of the two groups knew exactly were the babies came from because they were on the loading dock in the boxes shipped to the lab by parcel post and the return labels of the clinics were on all of the boxes.
Babies Given Burial in their Home State
A funeral service was held for these 157 babies at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, and they were taken to Our Lady of Guadalupe Cemetery in Newton Grove, North Carolina for burial.
CPLS and the PLAL began this retrieval of the aborted babies in February of 1988 and this lasted until October of that year.
Over 5000 bodies were retrieved and needed to be buried. Monica Migliorino Miller, the director of CPLS arranged for most of the burials and made a decision that, whenever possible, the aborted babies would be returned to the cities where they had been killed and given to pro-lifers in those cities to bury.
The retrievals and burials of the aborted babies from Vital Med is documented in a newly published book: Abandoned—The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars, authored by Monica Migliorino Miller, published by Saint Benedict Press. Photos of these aborted babies can be viewed here.
Day of Remembrance 2014
Watch the beautiful video of the 2014 National Day of Remembrance memorial service in Newton Grove: