About the Grave of Unborn Babies in Los Angeles, California
Memorial service at the Los Angeles gravesite
Day of Remembrance
Sunday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. (English) and 11:30 a.m. (Spanish) (map)
Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life
In 1985, 16,433 aborted babies were buried in unmarked graves at the Odd Fellows Cemetery on donated land.
The bodies were found in a shipping container in Woodland Hills, California in February 1982 when workers opened a large shipping container that had been repossessed from the owner of a medical lab in Southern California.
It was filled with buckets of the results of thousands of abortions and a three-year dispute over their burial ensued.
Dispute Over Babies Reaches Supreme Court
Los Angeles county supervisors faced a dilemma about what to do with the remains and a feminist lawsuit that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court ordered that they couldn’t be buried with religious ceremony because that would be taking sides in the abortion debate.
The burial includeded a eulogy by President Ronald Reagan, which was read at the October 6, 1985 service by County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
In it Mr. Reagan likened the Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion to decisions that upheld slavery prior to the Civil War. He said, “Once again a whole category of human beings has been ruled outside the protection of the law by a court ruling which clashed with our deepest moral convictions."
Several years later, the gravesite was marked with a flat gravestone reading, "In Memory of the 16,500 Precious Unborn Buried Here. Oct 6, 1985."
Day of Remembrance 2013
One hundred pro-lifers gathered at Odd Fellows Cemetery on September 14, 2013 to participate in the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.
The headstone for the aborted babies at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Los Angeles with fresh flowers for the Day of Remembrance