by Debra Braun, Education Director

Br. Paul O’Donnell, fbp, at Memorial Service

Br. Paul O’Donnell, fbp prays at National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Babies.

(September 2014) A solemn prayer service in honor of the 13 aborted babies buried in Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights, Minn., was conducted by Pro-Life Action Ministries on Saturday, September 13.  This memorial service, attended by about 70 people, was part of the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, co-sponsored by Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League.
Thousands of pro-lifers gathered at 132 locations throughout the United States.  Among these sites were 41 graves where the remains of aborted children are buried, with the grave in Resurrection Cemetery being one of the oldest burial sites.
More than 28,000 aborted babies have been given a proper burial at these sites, but they represent only a fraction of the more than 56 million children aborted since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions in 1973, according to John Jansen of the Pro-Life Action League.
Guest speakers at these solemn memorial services included pro-life activists who had rescued abortion victims’ bodies from dumpsters and pathology labs, women and men who regret choosing abortion, and Christian clergy of various denominations, including 10 Catholic bishops.
The 13 babies buried in Resurrection Cemetery were found in the trash dumpster behind the Robbinsdale abortion center in Robbinsdale, Minn. in January 1987.   Pro-Life Action Ministries made this discovery known through a press conference, followed by a funeral and burial for these precious babies.  “By being here today, we remember that with every abortion there is a tiny, broken body as these little children, made in the image and likeness of God, are killed,” said Brian Gibson, Executive Director of Pro-Life Action Ministries.  He added that we also remember the parents of these children who may still be hurting and who need the mercy and forgiveness of God.  Brian was on the staff of Pro-Life Action Ministries when the babies were found 27 years ago.
Other speakers and prayer leaders were Rev. Chris Monson, East Immanuel Church;  Rev. Brian Walker, Program Director of Pro-Life Action Ministries; and Br. Paul O’Donnell, who was Executive Director of the organization when the babies were buried. As a final act of dignifying the lives of these 13 human beings, Br. Paul had named them: Brian Joseph, Michael Allen, Jeffrey Joseph, Jenifer Lynne, Mary Katherine, Dawn Marie, Christine Diane, Peter James, Mary Agnes, Mary Louise, Mary Alice, Mark Anthony and Paul Joseph.
The National Day of Remembrance will continue to be observed annually on the second Saturday of September.

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