Day of Remembrance News and Pressroom
The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is a joint project of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League. If you are a reporter covering this event, you may wish to contact us for an interview or more information.
The first annual National Day of Remembrance took place on Saturday, September 14, 2013. The event was a great success, with over 100 memorial services held at locations all over the country, including 38 gravesites of aborted children. The second annual Day of Remembrance will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014.
The National Day of Remembrance was officially launched on April 23, 2013 with the following press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Simultaneous Memorial Services to Honor Aborted Unborn Children at their Gravesites
Three national pro-life groups have announced the "National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children" to take place on Saturday, September 14, 2013. It is meant to honor the unborn at the gravesites where they are buried.
The observance will be marked by simultaneous memorial services in cities from coast to coast at gravesites of aborted babies. This national observance is being coordinated by Citizens for a Pro-life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-life Action League. This is the first time in the history of legalized abortion that such nationwide memorials will be conducted and thousands of people from across the country are expected to participate.
At over 25 locations, babies have been buried after having been killed by abortion. Many of these were retrieved from the actual trash dumpsters of abortion clinics or pathology labs where the bodies of the aborted unborn were shipped. Some graves have hundreds of bodies buried in them.
In the months between now and the memorial services, the public will be invited to learn more about the stories behind each of these sites and how the babies were killed, and later honored by being retrieved and buried. Local leaders and activists are needed to help organize the memorial services.
Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-life Action League, stated, "It's sobering to realize that grave markers for the unborn victims of abortion list only a date of burial. 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."
"Abortion is not an abstract issue," added Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. "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."
Monica Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society, stated, "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. This year, the 40th year of legalized abortion, ceremonies will take place at all graves of these unwanted babies--and our nation will be called to remember and bring an end to the injustice of abortion."
Find out more at www.AbortionMemorials.com
Eric Scheidler, 773-251-8792, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monica Miller, 248-444-9096, email@example.com
Fr. Frank Pavone, 888-735-3448, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Sponsors of the Day of Remembrance
The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is being organized by three national pro-life groups:
Citizens for a Pro-Life Society is an activist pro-life group, informed by Catholic principles of social justice teaching, that organizes projects both on the national and local level to confront the actual practice of abortion, publically promote the sanctity of human life through pickets, demonstrations, rallies, conferences, workshops, non-violent direct action, and educational outreach on the life-issues with the ultimate goal of making abortion illegal and building a culture of life. CPLS is directed by Monica Miller. Visit website.
Fr. Frank Pavone
Priests for Life is a multifaceted ministry under the national directorship of Fr. Frank Pavone that aims to encourage and equip all believers—whether Catholic or not, whether clergy or laity—to bring an end to abortion. This is accomplished through a team of priests and lay leaders who travel to parishes and pro-life events to present educational seminars, conduct strategy sessions, spread the pro-life message in the media, and make sure that Churches have the pro-life information and training they need. Priests for Life gives special emphasis to healing after abortion through its Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and also also equips Christians to influence public policy and elect pro-life candidates. Visit website.
The Pro-Life Action League was founded by veteran pro-life leader Joe Scheidler in 1980 to empower pro-lifers to put their convictions into effective, grassroots action in their own neighborhoods through public protest, political action, prayer campaigns and community education. A central focus of the League is pro-life witness at abortuaries, especially through sidewalk counseling. Joe's son Eric Scheidler serves as the League's executive director. Visit website.[Back to Top]