TITUSVILLE, FL – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following reflection this morning, one day after he led the funeral service at which 2,411 abortion victims were laid to rest in South Bend, Indiana:
“As a congressional panel convened in Washington to discuss a radical abortion law pushed by the Democrats, 200 people gathered in Indiana to bury thousands of tiny broken bodies. These babies had their lives stolen by abortion, and their dignity violated by an abortionist who kept their bodies for reasons we will never know.
“I am grateful to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill Jr. for organizing and being present at the burial and for sharing his remarks. I was honored to lead the opening prayer and the prayer of commendation. The bodies – too numerous to fit into one casket – had been placed earlier directly in a burial vault.
“As I stated in my remarks, the fact that we are having a funeral brings us face to face with the humanity of these babies. We don’t have funerals for concepts or things, we have them for human beings. They were murdered in secret but honored in the bright light of day.
“With Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life led an effort to name every child who was buried yesterday. And in fact, Priests for Life yesterday unveiled a project to name every baby killed by legal abortion since 1973.
“Ms. Miller was at yesterday’s service, as was Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League. Our three organizations, since 2013, have organized the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on the second Saturday in September, during which memorial services for aborted babies are held at gravesites like this one around the country.
“The tragedy of these 2,411 babies cannot be forgotten, nor can the fact that a similar number of children are killed by abortion every single day in our nation. We need an end to legal child murder.”
See photos from the burial.
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.