National Day of Remembrance for Unborn Children, September 12, 2015

Day of Remembrance News and Pressroom

Gravesite memorial in Chicago

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 was officially launched with an April 23, 2013 press release [PDF]. The event took place on Saturday, September 14, 2013, and was a great success, with over 100 memorial services held at locations all over the country, including 38 gravesites of aborted children.

A press release will be forthcoming announcing the fourth annual Day of Remembrance, which is scheduled for September 10, 2016. Meanwhile, the following press release—on Day of Remembrance memorial services held in the Chicago area—is representative of the releases issued by local organizers around the country:


Contact: Eric Scheidler, Pro-Life Action League, 773-251-8792,

National Day of Remembrance memorial services in Chicagoland on Saturday, September 12 shows bodies of aborted babies should be buried, not sold for profit

CHICAGO, September 11, 2015—On Saturday, September 12, memorial services will be held at three burial places of aborted babies as part of the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. This event comes in the wake of series of undercover videos showing top officials at Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, scheming to sell by body parts of aborted babies for profit.

Last month, over 78,000 pro-life citizens turned out for protests at hundreds of Planned Parenthood centers across the country, including 1,600 at the mega-center in Aurora. On September 12, they will respond to the scandal with a different kind of public witness: mourning for the 57 million children lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade and praying for an end to abortion.

Memorial services are planned at over 130 sites from coast to coast, including 40 burial places of aborted children and other memorial sites erected in their honor. Three services will be held at cemeteries in the Chicago suburbs on September 12:

2:00 p.m.—Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1400 S. Wolf Rd, Hillside

Background: In 1988, Cardinal Joseph Bernadine of the Archdiocese of Chicago officiated at the burial of 2,033 aborted babies retrieved by pro-life activists from the loading dock of the Vital Med laboratory in Northbrook, Illinois.

1:00 p.m.—Resurrection Cemetery, 200 W. Romeo Rd, Romeoville

Background: In the 1980s, the bodies of several children aborted in the second trimester at the University of Wisconsin Hospital were turned over to pro-life activists by a sympathetic employee. Not until 2001 were they finally buried at a solemn ceremony, including remarks by the late Congressman Henry Hyde.

2:00 p.m.—St. Mary Cemetery, 87th St and Hamlin Ave, Evergreen Park

Background: In 1987, pro-life activists recovered the bodies of 500 aborted children from the dumpster behind an abortion clinic in downtown Chicago. They were quietly buried in a ceremony presided by Chicago’s Cardinal Joseph Bernardine.

"When Planned Parenthood looks at the broken body of an aborted baby, they see a commodity they can exploit for profit. But we see a tiny brother or sister who deserves to be mourned for and solemnly buried," said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League, one of the national organizers of the Day of Remembrance. "Visiting the burial places of these children cuts through all the rhetoric surrounding abortion. How many of these innocent victims must we bury before our society restores legal protection to unborn children?"

The Day of Remembrance is being organized by three national pro-life groups—Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League—to humanize the unborn victims of abortion by raising awareness of their burial places. The bodies of tens of thousands of aborted children have been retrieved from trash bins, landfills and other locations and buried at gravesites across the country.

At, visitors can learn the stories of how many of these children were killed, how they were found, and the details of their burial. The website also lists hundreds of memorial sites dedicated to the victims of abortion throughout the United States.

The first annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children was held in September 2013 to mark the 25th anniversary of the burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Memorial services were held at 38 burial places of abortion victims nationwide, as well as scores of other memorial sites dedicated to these children. Going forward, the Day of Remembrance will be held annually on the second Saturday in September.

For more information please contact: Eric Scheidler, 773-251-8792,

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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:

Monica Miller

Monica Miller

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

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.

Monica Miller

Eric Scheidler

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.

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