That Saturday will be the second National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe and began allowing states to protect unborn babies again. At 185 locations across the U.S., pro-lifers plan to gather at grave sites and memorials for the millions of babies who were killed as a result of the infamous 1973 ruling.
“It’s amazing to be living in a post-Roe v. Wade America, but our country racked up a body count of tens of millions under Roe—and still today, the body count continues to climb. The vast majority of these babies never received a proper burial,” Eric J. Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, one of the organizations sponsoring the event, said in an email to LifeNews.
“That’s what the 11th annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is all about, and it’s taking place two weeks from today on Saturday, September 9. On this special day, we visit the burial places of aborted children and other memorials put up in their honor — and we solemnly pray for God to heal the deep wounds of abortion in our society. With over 185 services scheduled throughout the United States — including 36 at the burial places of aborted children — there’s likely to be a Day of Remembrance prayer service near you,” he added.
“What if you don’t see a location near you? Consider signing up to lead a service in your area! You’ve got two weeks to plan, and I’ll provide you with all the tools and guidance you need to succeed,” Scheidler said.
The pro-life advocate explains that this special day is not your typical abortion protest.
“This national day of prayer and mourning is unlike any other pro-life event. It’s not a protest or rally. It’s not held at an abortion facility or government office,” he said. “It’s held at the places these children are buried and sites dedicated to their memory. It’s a prayerful opportunity to remember, and to heal. “Taking part in the Day of Remembrance has brought great comfort to so many, especially those who have had some personal involvement in abortion.”
The gatherings will include testimonies from women who regret their abortions, reflections by clergy of various faiths, music, prayer, mourning for aborted babies and celebration of the end of Roe.
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Citizens for a Pro-Life Society recently buried a second-trimester aborted baby, Gianna-John, whom pro-lifers found in the trash in 2021 outside the Northeast Ohio Women’s Clinic in Cuyahoga Falls.
Like Gianna-John, “tens of thousands of these children have been retrieved and buried at grave sites across our country,” according to the organization. “The stories of how they were killed, how they were found, and how they were buried, along with the images and videos that accompany those events, are powerful tools to awaken the consciences of our fellow citizens.”
Pro-life leaders also hope the day will bring mercy and healing to the tens of millions of mothers and fathers of aborted babies.
He expressed hope that the National Day of Remembrance, which began in 2013, will continue even in states that now protect unborn babies under the law.