Naming the Gosnell Babies



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.


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2 thoughts on “Naming the Gosnell Babies

  • May 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    God bless you, Father Pavone, & everyone helping you do the work you’re doing & naming these babies… My heart breaks for them, but I’m so glad you’re doing what you’re doing. Again, God bless you!

  • May 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Dear Father Frank, Naming these babies is a wonderful idea that serves to validate their lives and to afford them a dignified burial. Your work is such an inspiration to many and a blessing to the innocent victims. Your work is praised on Earth as it is in Heaven †††


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