NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
FOR ALL THOSE ABORTED CHILDREN
Few things stir passionate debate, bitter feelings, and all-’round ill will more than abortion.
It’s fascinating — in a sad sort of way — to observe the stark and total contrast in views on this contentious issue. For some, abortion represents the ultimate safeguard of a woman’s freedom to find happiness and individual human fulfillment. For others it is the ultimate betrayal of our deepest and most sacred human values.
What is too often overlooked in this conflict of human absolutes is the reality of the small human who is sacrificed.
Pro-life people will insist otherwise, of course.
“It’s all about the babies,” they’ll say. “That’s why we’re out here in the street demonstrating and sidewalk counseling and praying our rosaries. We’re trying to save human lives.”
True. But I wonder if even those committed to ending the scourge of abortion don’t, from time to time, need a perspective reset. Dedication to a cause, and the tactics involved in advancing it, can carry us quickly into the realm of abstract principle, obscuring the very tangible losses that touched our hearts and prompted us to action in the first place.
This Saturday, September 14, might provide a good opportunity to refocus on the human dimension of abortion. Three leading anti-abortion groups — Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life, and the Pro-Life Action League — are sponsoring a series of solemn prayer vigils across the United States under the title, National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Locations include 42 gravesites of aborted children along with 391 other memorial sites dedicated to the unborn victims of abortion.
The September 14 date was chosen because it marks the 25th anniversary of the burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1988. That was one of the first large-scale pubic burials of aborted children and a seminal event in the Pro-Life Movement.
Visit the National Day of Remembrance website — www.abortionmemorials.com — for locations and other details about the various gatherings. If there’s something going on near you, try to take part. The experience could provide a good reminder of why you’re committed to the Pro-Life cause.
After all, it really is all about the babies.