On Ascension Thursday, May 9, 2013, a simple ceremony was held in the chapel at the headquarters of Priests for Life in Staten Island, NY. We heard the Word of God, prayed for these babies, their families, and those who participated in their deaths. And we then named them. I chose the name “Adam” for “Baby Boy A,” simply as a reminder that Adam, the first man ever created, reminds us that in each man — and in each child — all humanity is somehow represented, and that our response to that one person, whether acceptance or rejection, shapes our response to every person. I named “Baby Boy B” Michael, to remind us of the struggle between good and evil that rages in our culture and in our own mind and heart as we choose how we will respond to each person.
Most of the other names are gender-neutral, since we do not have information on the genders of most of the babies.
Moreover, the naming ceremony took place on this Feast of the Ascension, for on that day, the humanity that the Lord Jesus took to the heights of heaven is the same human nature shared by all of us — rich and poor, healthy and sick, born and unborn — and by all these babies. We remembered all the babies killed by Dr. Gosnell, well beyond those found in his clinic, as well as the over 50 million children killed across America since Roe vs. Wade declared they were not persons.
View more pictures and the certificates of the babies here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.573172812723413.1073741828.100000920987112&type=1