Catholic Church Probably Won’t Bury More Babies From Abortions

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 26, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Catholic Church Probably Won’t Bury More Babies From Abortions

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 26, 2005

Boulder, CO ( — A Catholic Church in Boulder, Colorado says the weekend burial of hundreds of unborn children who died from abortions at a local late-term abortion facility may be its last.

Sacred Heart of Mary Church had quietly been burying the ashes of babies who died at the abortion facility for nearly a decade, but went public with its weekend ceremony last week. That resulted in an outcry from Warren Hearn, the abortion practitioner who runs the late-term abortion business.

The church had obtained the ashes from a local mortuary that serviced the abortion business.

Hearn claimed women who had abortions at his facility contacted him and complained about the memorial services.

"My patients are calling, and they’re furious and horrified because they have worked through this," Hearn said in an interview with the Denver Post newspaper. "They’re furious at Crist Mortuary and the Catholic Church for making a public spectacle in this macabre death ritual."

Hearn said he had no idea an arrangement had been made between the mortuary and Sacred Heart of Mary Church. He has asked that the mortuary bury the babies’ remains on their own plot.

Hearn did not say whether he would sue the church or mortuary.

Susan LaVelle, who organized the service, said no disrespect was intended and the service was not a political statement on abortion.

"I think they misunderstand what we’re doing," LaVelle told the Associated Press.

A Fort Collins pro-abortion group plans protests at Crist Mortuary and Sacred Heart this weekend.

A crowd of about 250 people attended the weekend service while a handful of pro-abortion protesters gathered nearby. Church organizers say they have buried as many as 5,000 babies.