As a Survivor of Abortion, I Remember Abortion’s Victims Every Day

National   |   Melissa Ohden   |   Sep 9, 2013   |   12:29PM   |   Washington, DC

“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them”―Czesław MiłoszThe Issa Valley: A Novel.

Next Saturday, September 14th, is the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.  As many people know, this day of remembrance is a coordination of efforts of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society (CPLS), (who you may remember me writing about this past  June, when I participated in their memorial service outside of a newly closed abortion clinic in Michigan), Priests for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League.  As many of you also may know, this date of September 14th was chosen for this event because it marks the 25th anniversary of the burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Pro-lifers across the U.S. are encouraged to honor the victims of abortion by attending one of the many memorial services and prayer vigils being held at gravesites for the unborn.  As an abortion survivor, I can’t tell you how much it means to me that this National Day of Remembrance is being held.

Although I know that I’m not forgotten by my birthparents, my adoptive family, my friends and pro-life colleagues around the world, it’s easy to feel forgotten in a world that memorializes victims of great tragedies of  every kind–every kind except abortion.  I have long felt that aborted children deserved a day of remembrance, and I am so thankful that CPLS, Priests for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League have coordinated such a day after 56 million of our most  vulnerable, our often most overlooked, our often most easily forgotten victims in our nation have lost their lives.

If you haven’t yet visited the Abortion Memorials website, I would encourage you to do so (  On this site, you will find a list of gravesites for the unborn and information regarding the memorial services being held at various gravesites on September 14th.

If there is no memorial service scheduled at the nearest gravesite to you, I encourage you to consider volunteering to work with the National Day of Remembrance team in hosting such an event in your area.



As a survivor, every day is a day of remembrance for me.  A remembrance of how blessed I am to be alive, a remembrance of what should have happened to me, a remembrance of what abortion has done to my birth family, a remembrance of what has happened to tens of millions of children like me in our nation.  It’s that very remembrance that drives me to speak out on behalf of my preborn brothers and sisters, to witness to the world, and to work to not only end abortion but bring healing to all who have been affected by it.

Please take the time not only on September 14th to participate in the National Day of Remembrance, but through your words, your actions, your prayers and your witness, tell the story of those who can no longer speak, those who were never given the opportunity to speak, each and every day.  We owe it to them.