Pro-life advocates will gather across the country on Sept. 12 to remember the 61 million unborn babies who have been killed in abortions.
The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is a project of the Pro-Life Action League to remind people of the brutal reality of abortion and inspire them to take action.
“The National Day of Remembrance calls upon America to mourn for these children, to reckon with the absence that we’ve experienced because their lives were taken away,” executive director Eric Scheidler told One News Now. “Their lives were violently and unjustly ended through abortion.”
Scheidler said they welcome mothers of aborted children and fathers who have participated in, coerced or tried to stop the abortion of their child. He said the day is for everyone to “mourn for those children, to take stock of our involvement, and to seek God’s healing and mercy.”
More than 100 memorial services are scheduled across the country, including at many of the 54 gravesites for aborted babies in the U.S. Other services are being held at the hundreds of memorials for unborn babies at churches and other community sites.
The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children began in 2013 on the 25th anniversary of the burial of 1,500 abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to the Pro-Life Action League. Since then, thousands more aborted babies have been buried in mass graves, including 47 victims of convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia and 2,411 victims of Indiana abortionist Ulrich Klopfer in South Bend.
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Through the event, the pro-life organization hopes more people will be inspired to protect babies in the womb from abortion.
“When people become truly aware of the reality of abortion, they can more easily cut through the lies by which some try to justify it, and the natural apathy to which human nature is inclined,” the organization said.
“Tens of thousands of these children have been retrieved and buried at gravesites across our country,” it continued. “The stories of how they were killed, how they were found, and how they were buried, along with the pictures and videos that document those events, are powerful tools to awaken the consciences of our fellow citizens.”
The U.S. Supreme Court forced states to legalize abortion on demand in 1973 through Roe v. Wade. Since then, more than 61 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions.