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 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.
The second annual Day of Remembrance will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014, and was announced publically with the following press release :
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13 Marks National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at Gravesites
Citizens for a Pro-life Society, Priests for Life, and Pro-life Action League Host Memorials
Contact: Tom Ciesielka, 312-422-1333, firstname.lastname@example.org
(August 11, 2014 Chicago)—The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on Saturday, September 13, 2014, was first marked in the modern era last fall, but memorialization of society's tiniest innocent victims is not a new idea. Citizens for a Pro-life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-life Action League have reached back to ancient Rome for the inspiration behind this solemn national event.
Dug into the walls of the earliest Christian catacombs in the outskirts of Rome are countless small tombs, only a foot or two across. These are the burial places of infants cast out of their pagan homes and left to die of starvation and exposure—a common practice of that time. Members of the early church, charged by Christ to love all their neighbors, offered these newborn sacrifices to Roman cruelty the only act of love they could—that of burying their little bodies and mourning for them in prayer.
This tradition of mercifully burying abandoned children continues in our own day with the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, taking place on September 13. Mourners across the country will visit the gravesites of aborted children, whose broken bodies were recovered from trash dumpsters and pathology labs and solemnly buried over the four decades of legal abortion in the United States.
Under the director of three national pro-life groups—Citizens for a Pro-life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-life Action League—simultaneous memorial services will be held at more than forty such gravesites, as well as at scores of other memorial markers set up in memory of the aborted unborn at churches and cemeteries.
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."
Monica Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society, added, "Since 1973, 55 million innocent unborn children have been killed with the sanction of law. A fraction of these victims of the American slaughter have actually been 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. As we visit these graves on September 13, we call upon our nation to remember these victims and bring an end to the injustice of abortion."
"Abortion is not an abstract issue," explained 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. By visiting the graves of the aborted unborn, we allow our hearts to be broken for them, and we recommit ourselves to protecting other children from suffering the same fate."
The first National Day of Remembrance was held last September on the 25th anniversary of the solemn burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prayer services were held at over 100 locations, with thousands of mourners participating. Response was so great that the National Day of Remembrance has been established as an annual event, to be held on the second Saturday each September.
For more information about the National Day of Remembrance, including the stories behind the gravesites of aborted children and the locations of memorial services being held September 13, visit AbortionMemorials.com.
To arrange an interview with Monica Miller, Eric Scheidler, or Fr. Frank Pavone, contact Tom Ciesielka at email@example.com or 312-422-1333.
Learn more about the sponsoring organizations by visiting their respective websites:
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]