Catholic Church Secretly Obtains Babies Who Died From Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 21, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 21, 2005

Boulder, CO ( — Babies who died from abortions at a Colorado abortion facility, that is one of a handful in the nation to perform late-term abortions, will receive proper burials thanks to a Catholic Church.

Unbeknownst to infamous late-term abortion practitioner Warren Hearn, Sacred Heart of Mary Church for years has been quietly receiving the remains of babies aborted at his Boulder Abortion Clinic.

A mortuary working with his abortion business has been secretly sending the ashes of babies cremated after their abortions to the church.

Hearn says he’s upset by the mortuary’s actions and lashed out at prop-life advocates in a statement.

"Anti-abortion zealots, Catholic or otherwise, have shown that they will stop at nothing to inflict guilt and to compound the grief, sadness and sense of loss that these women experience," Hern said in a statement. "These fanatics simply cannot leave other people alone with their most intimate sorrow."

Sacred Heart of Mary Church told the Denver Post newspaper that the babies will receive a proper burial this weekend as the church solemnly notes the 32nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand.

But Hearn said the church and Crist Mortuary were plotting "a cynical exploitation of private grief for political purposes."

Chuck Myers, the mortuary’s director, told the Associated Press that his company has had a contract with Hearn’s abortion business since 2001 to cremate the babies who die from abortions there. He acknowledged he’s been giving the ashes to the church since that time.

Myers also gave the church ashes from aborted babies during the mid 1990s when he worked at a local funeral home that serviced the abortion facility, according to parish volunteer Susan LaVelle.

"What was going to happen to those ashes if we didn’t pick them up? Would they be thrown away? I hope my words would never harm someone. My message is one of healing," LaVelle told AP.

LaVelle said the burial ceremony will involve the remains of 600-1,000 babies who died at the abortion center. She said the church had performed similar memorials in the past, but this was the first time they have gone public with it.

According to Department of Public Health representative Glenn Mallory, the arrangement between Crist and Hearn’s abortion facility does not violate any law. Women in Colorado are allowed to dispose of the remains of their baby after an abortion, but a funeral home can do so if she opts against it.