Red roses were placed on the gravesite of 13 aborted babies in Resurrection Cemetery, Mendota Heights, Minn. , September 12 as one by one their names were read off. This solemn service, attended by 150 people, was one of 115 memorial services (42 at gravesites) held across the nation as part of the third annual National Day of Remembrance. The 13 babies buried here were found in the Robbinsdale abortion center dumpster in 1987. It is one of the oldest gravesites of aborted babies in the nation. The 13 babies were named by Br. Paul O’Donnell, who passed away on February 20 of this year and who is also buried in Resurrection Cemetery, next to Br. Michael Gaworski, with whom he founded Pro-Life Action Ministries.
Prayers at the memorial service were led by Fr. Thomas Dufner and the Rev. Fred Thoni. Speakers were Brian Gibson, executive director of Pro-Life Action Ministries, and Keith Rischer, who described the sadness of personally finding and retrieving the bodies from the dumpster 28 years ago.
“When we honor the graves of the aborted unborn we pay honor to all the unwanted unborn,” said Monica Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, one of the organizers of the national observance. “The least we can do is honor them and allow their voices from the grave to call us to end the injustice of abortion.”