Saturday, Sept. 12 is the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, a day set aside to remember the millions of unborn babies who have been killed in abortions.
Across the country, churches will host funeral services and pro-life advocates will hold gatherings at memorial sites and grave markers for these missing babies.
One such service is scheduled at the Church of the Holy Child’s Memorial for the Unborn in Wilmington, Delaware, The Dialog reports. The event will include prayer, scripture reading and the laying of flowers in memory of the unnamed babies. The church requires everyone to wear face masks and practice social distancing, according to the report.
Father Michael J. Carrier, the pastor of the church, said abortion is not just a political issue.
“Too often, abortion is just seen as a political issue or a matter of personal choice, but abortion has real victims” Carrier said. “The dueling speeches and slogans fade into silence when you realize that actual victims of abortion are buried right beneath your feet. These tiny children were never born. Never learned to walk. Never had a first day of school. They were never even given names.”
More than 100 other memorial services also are scheduled across the country, including at many of the 54 grave sites for aborted babies in the U.S.
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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“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,” Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, 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.”
The pro-life groups that lead the nation-wide effort are Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League.
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.