National Day of Remembrance for Unborn Children, September 14, 2019

About the Gravesite of 47 Aborted Babies (Gosnell Victims) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Gravesite of Gosnell babies in Philadelphia

Father Frank Pavone blesses the gravesite of 47 babies killed by abortionist Kermit Gosnell and buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery, Oct. 24, 2015 [Photo by Rita Smith]

Following a long investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Agency, abortionist Kermit Gosnell's Women's Medical Society abortion clinic in Philadelphia was raided in February 2010. Officials described the facility as "filthy," "deplorable," and "disgusting," and medical waste was strewn about the facility.

Additionally, the remains of 47 babies—whose remains were stored in freezers, milk jugs, and even cat-food containers—were recovered. Many of these babies had been born alive during abortions performed by Gosnell, who killed them by cutting their spinal cords with scissors.

Gosnell was found guilty on three counts of murder in May 2013, and after the trial, various pro-life groups attempted to claim the 47 babies' remains so they could be given a proper burial, but these requests were denied by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's office. Their remains were eventually cremated and were buried in 2014 at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

When the location of the burial site was made public the following year, pro-life groups held a memorial service at the site on June 10, 2015. One of the speakers, Catherine Foster, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, told mourners: "These babies were like any other . . . precious little persons. How a person dies doesn't make anyone less human." She went on to say, "Today, we can say that the City of Philadelphia has heard us. They gave these babies a place to be buried."

A few months later, a National Day of Remembrance service was held at the burial site (see video below).

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