Father Frank Pavone to Speak at Burial Site
of Babies Killed by Kermit Gosnell
PHILADELPHIA -- With the release of a movie and several books detailing the horrific acts of Kermit Gosnell, new attention is being given to the case of the Philadelphia abortionist who is serving life in prison for the first-degree murder of three infants born alive during botched abortions and the involuntary manslaughter of a woman.
On Saturday, Sept. 9, at the gravesite of some of the babies killed by Gosnell, many will gather to remind the community that the victims of abortion are not just statistics—they’re our brothers and sisters. They will be participating in the fifth annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children with a graveside memorial service at 10 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132.
“Too often, abortion is just seen as a political issue or a matter of personal choice, but abortion has real victims: The 59 million American children who have lost their lives to abortion since 1973,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of the nation's largest Catholic, pro-life organization, Priests for Life, and one of the founders of the Day of Remembrance. “In fact, you may be surprised to learn that some of those victims have been buried right here in Philadelphia."
After the raid of Gosnell's office and his conviction, both the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Priests for Life asked for the bodies of the babies to be released to them for proper burial. However, the medical examiner's office denied these requests and obstructed their attempts. It wasn't until after the covert cremation and burial in unmarked graves that Priests for Life became aware of their location. Since then, an annual memorial is held there, as well as in other locations nationwide to remember unborn children everywhere that have been lost to abortion.
“Visiting the burial places of these children cuts through any rhetoric surrounding abortion and removes this conversation from the abstract into concrete reality,” Father Pavone said. “We will continue to remember the innocent victims by giving them proper burials and memorials until our society restores legal protection to them.”
The Day of Remembrance was founded by three national pro-life groups—Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League—to humanize the unborn victims of abortion by raising awareness of their burial places. The bodies of tens of thousands of aborted children have been retrieved from trash bins, landfills and other locations and buried at more than 50 gravesites across the country.
The first annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children was held in September 2013 to mark the 25th anniversary of the burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Memorial services were held at 38 burial places of abortion victims nationwide, as well as scores of other memorial sites dedicated to these children. The Day of Remembrance is now held annually on the second Saturday in September.
At AbortionMemorials.com, visitors can learn the stories of how many of these children were killed, how they were found, and the details of their burial. The website also lists hundreds of memorial sites dedicated to the victims of abortion throughout the United States.
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.