About the Gravesite of Aborted Babies in Romeoville, Illinois
The hand of one of the babies buried at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, IL
Day of Remembrance
Saturday, September 8th at 1:00 p.m. (map)
Mary Griffith, Father Jerome Kish, and Bob Gilligan
Gravesite is located in the Garden of Angels (Section 1) near the southeast corner of the cemetery. See map here.
On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2001, a funeral was held at Resurrection Cemetery for babies aborted in the 1980s at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.
The babies were retrieved from the laboratory at the hospital by a sympathetic employee and given to Jerry Horn and Norm Stone—pro-life activists in Appleton, Wisconsin.
The babies retrieved were all killed by gruesome second trimester saline or prostaglandin abortions—procedures now largely abandoned by the medical community. Two of the babies were posthumously named Patrick and Sarah.
The babies were subsequently given to a crisis pregnancy center for safe-keeping. A family associated with the center moved to Oklahoma and took the aborted babies remains with them but later returned them to Jerry Horn who contacted Day of Remembrance sponsor organization Citizens for a Pro-Life Society (CPLS)—then temporarily headquarter in Joliet, Illinois—for help giving the babies the proper burial they deserved.
Dr. Monica Migliorino Miller, director of CPLS, organized a burial for the babies which featured guest speakers such as the late Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois, Joseph Scheidler, National Director of Day of Remembrance sponsor organization the Pro-Life Action League and pro-life activist and blogger Jill Stanek who was just becoming active in the pro-life movement.
Jill Stanek will once again speak at the September 14th memorial service for these beautiful babies, killed before they could draw their first breath.
Day of Remembrance 2013
On a lovely fall afternoon, September 14, 2013, one hundred fifty pro-lifers came to offer prayers and honor the memory of the babies buried at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville, Illinois.
Among the special guests who spoke at the event were Bishop Joseph Siegel and pro-life advocate and blogger Jill Stanek.
The gravesite, a woman laying flowers on the grave and Bishop Siegel.