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Contact: Leslie Palma, 917-697-7039
TITUSVILLE, FL - Priests for Life today announced a project to name the 61 million abortion victims in the United States. We initiate this project as the 2411 babies who were killed by abortionist Ulrich Klopfer are laid to rest today. They have already been named, through a project Priests for Life and Citizens for a Pro-life Society intiated last Fall when their bodies were found on his properties after he died in September.
“Every person has a name,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “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,” continued Fr. Frank, who is also the pastoral director of Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More, which focus on healing those wounded by abortion.
“That’s why, at Priests for Life, we have embarked on a project to name all the abortion victims in the U.S.”
At the website NametheChildren.org
, people can submit a name for an aborted child who has not yet been named by his or her family, and may request a certificate with the name of the child as a reminder of this special act of love and remembrance. Participation can be anonymous, if desired.
“God has entrusted us all to the care of one another; we are one human family. In the sight of God, there is no such thing as a stranger – we are all brothers and sisters,” Father Pavone said.
“We have become dehumanized by a culture that permits abortion,” he continued. “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. This project not only gives us a chance to name an aborted child, but also to rehumanize that child, and ourselves.”
This project was initiated after extensive consultation with leaders involved in abortion recovery ministries, including psychologists and psychiatrists who specialize in the dehumanizing effects of abortion, and after a number of projects involving the naming of aborted babies, such as those found in the abortion clinic of Kermit Gosnell in 2010 and on the properties of abortionist Klopfer. “The response to those two projects was swift and intense,” Fr. Frank says. “Pro-life people want to connect with the humanity of these children who were killed. They are not simply statistics. That’s why they want to name them.”
Priests for Life (www.EndAbortion.US) is the world’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated exclusively to ending abortion. Pro-life efforts are working. The abortion rate in America is the lowest it has been since Roe v. Wade and in recent years states have passed more than 400 laws to protect the unborn. The number of freestanding abortion clinics in the U.S. has dropped from 2179 in 1991 down to 710 today, and President Trump has placed 187 (and counting) pro-life judges on the federal bench.