Father Frank's Alerts

Help us name every forgotten abortion victim

February 13, 2020

Dear Friends,

I would like you to have the honor of naming a child who otherwise will never have a name.

Let me explain.

We have become dehumanized by a culture that permits abortion. When culture and law fail to consider the unborn as persons, not only are those children dehumanized, but so are those who kill them, and so are the rest of us.

We all need repentance and healing. We need to be re-humanized.

Building a culture of life includes changing the way we all think, speak and act toward the children who are living in the womb, and those who died before birth. Together, we must learn to treat them as persons.

And something we all know is that every person has a name.

One of the very first things people do when meeting one another for the first time is that they let each other know their names. It would be strange indeed for someone to say, when we ask their name, “I don’t have one.”

Mourning the children who have been killed by abortion, remembering them, burying them (when we have their remains), and giving them a name, is part of the process of re-humanizing them, our society, and ourselves.

That’s why, at Priests for Life, we have embarked on a project to name all the abortion victims in the U.S.

The first people, of course, who are entrusted with naming their children are the parents. In my role as Pastoral Director of both Rachel’s Vineyard and of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, my team and I assist such parents who mourn the children they lost through abortion. Part of that grieving process is to name the children.

It is at that part of the healing process that, after they have thought about the death of their child, they begin to focus on the child’s life, and reclaim a spiritual relationship with that child, whom they have entrusted to the Lord.

Rachel’s Vineyard and many other ministries for healing after abortion carry out this important work each day. And when the parents are not interested in such a process, sometimes other family members step forward to grieve and name the children: grandparents, siblings, and other relatives of these babies.

More than 61 million children in the United States alone have been killed by abortion since 1973, and that number does not by any means count them all. Countless hundreds of millions of others have been killed by abortion throughout the world.

And for the most part, these children will never be given names by their family members. They have been completely abandoned. And we have all been made less in the process.

That’s why we all can and should be part of the process of re-humanizing these children, and ourselves. And this project gives us a chance to do that by giving the children a name.

Priests for Life’s Name the Children project will give all of us a chance to name an aborted child, among the countless children who will otherwise never be given a name. Numerous leaders in the healing ministries, starting with our own pastoral associate, Dr. Theresa Burke, support this project.

You can name the child in any way you wish. The name might be a boy’s name, a girl’s name, or a name that can apply either way. You may want to give just a first name, or a first, middle, or last name. You may even want to give the child your own last name, as a sign of “adopting” him or her spiritually. It is totally up to you.

Likewise, you may remain anonymous in this process, or may let us know who you are.

Also, you may request a certificate, on which we will place the name of the child. We will fill it out and send it to you. That can then serve as a reminder, to you and others in your home, of this special act of love and remembrance that you have carried out for a forgotten, abandoned child.

Please click here to find out how to join our Name the Children project

Please act today, and please pass along this email to as many others you know who may be interested.

Thank you for being part of the Priests for Life Family!

Fr. Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life


This is the type of action that Priests for Life can take nationwide as we mobilize our movement. To help make it possible for Priests for Life to conduct campaigns such as this one, please click here and be as generous as you can.

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