National Day of Remembrance for Unborn Children, September 8, 2018

About the Burial Site of 5 Aborted Babies in Troy, Michigan

Headstone at the Troy, MI gravesite

Day of Remembrance

Saturday, September 9 at 1:00 p.m. (map)

In 1980, the bodies of 5 pre-born infants were found in Oakland County. Four bodies, found in a self-serve storage locker, were said to be 5 months or less in gestation. The fifth child found in a plastic container behind a medical clinic, was found to be approximately 8 months in gestation.

In both instances, those responsible stated that the bodies were mistakenly placed where they were found and that it was "error" or "accident" that caused them to be improperly disposed of.

Newspaper report about the burial

Newspaper report on the Troy, MI burial. CLICK TO ENLARGE

Regardless of how the 5 preborn children met their deaths, it was felt by Right to Life—LIFESPAN that a more fitting place for the bodies was imperative. These children were not able to experience their right to life and we felt that at least, in death, their humanity should be recognized and burial be provided as should and would be provided for any other member of our human family.

Through the courtesy of A.J. Desmond and Sons, Funeral Directors, and White Chapel Cemetery, the bodies of these preborn children were laid to rest in a brief and simple ceremony on May 2, 1980.

2016 National Day of Remembrance Service

2016 memorial service

The faithful gathered in prayer at the Troy gravesite on September 10, 2016.

In 2016, the memorial service at the gravesite was attended by 45 people and included LIFESPAN President Diane Fagelman, Fr. Mike Green from Benedictine Monastery, Oxford and songs led by Edmond Guay of The Simple Songs Project.

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