National Day of Remembrance for Unborn Children, September 14, 2019

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Gravesite memorial in Chicago

The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is a joint project of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League. If you are a reporter covering this event, you may wish to contact us for an interview or more information.

The first annual National Day of Remembrance was officially launched with an April 23, 2013 press release [PDF]. The event took place on Saturday, September 14, 2013, and was a great success, with over 100 memorial services held at locations all over the country, including 38 gravesites of aborted children.

Contact: Eric Scheidler, Pro-Life Action League, 773-251-8792,

With Senate confirmation hearings dominated by abortion, Americans gather Saturday to mourn the unborn victims of abortion for sixth annual Day of Remembrance

(September 4—Chicago) Senate confirmation hearings over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have just begun, and already the issue of abortion has come to the forefront. Many say the fate of Roe v. Wade hangs in the balance. But this Saturday, September 8, pro-life Americans will gather from coast to coast to remind the nation that abortion is not just a political issue. They will be marking the sixth annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children with prayer services at more than 160 locations, including 47 burial places of abortion victims.

"Visiting the graves of aborted children really puts Roe v. Wade into perspective, said Eric Scheidler, one of the national organizers of the Day of Remembrance. "All the euphemisms about 'choice' and 'precedent' and 'settled law' are torn away by the grim reality that actual victims of abortion are buried right beneath your feet. These tiny children were never born. Never learned to walk. Never had a first day of school. They were never even given names."

Scheidler continued, "Too often, abortion is just seen as a political issue or a matter of personal choice, but abortion has real victims."

Of the 60 million victims of abortion since Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973, only a tiny fraction have received a proper burial, at gravesites scattered throughout the country. But all of them will be mourned this Saturday during memorial services at those gravesites and dozens of other memorial markers set up in their honor.

The Day of Remembrance is being organized by three national pro-life groups—Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action League—to humanize the unborn victims of abortion by raising awareness of their burial places. The bodies of tens of thousands of aborted children have been retrieved from trash bins, landfills and other locations and buried at gravesites across the country.

At, visitors can learn the sometimes shocking stories of how many of these children were killed, how they were found, and the details of their burial. The website also lists hundreds of memorial sites dedicated to the victims of abortion throughout the United States.

The first annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children was held in September 2013 to mark the 25th anniversary of the burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Memorial services were held at the burial places of abortion victims nationwide, and other memorial sites dedicated to these children. The Day of Remembrance is now held annually on the second Saturday in September.

For more information please contact: Eric Scheidler, Pro-Life Action League, 773-251-8792, See also

About the Sponsors of the Day of Remembrance

The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is being organized by three national pro-life groups:

Monica Miller

Monica Miller

Citizens for a Pro-Life Society is an activist pro-life group, informed by Catholic principles of social justice teaching, that organizes projects both on the national and local level to confront the actual practice of abortion, publically promote the sanctity of human life through pickets, demonstrations, rallies, conferences, workshops, non-violent direct action, and educational outreach on the life-issues with the ultimate goal of making abortion illegal and building a culture of life. CPLS is directed by Monica Miller. Visit website.

Fr Frank Pavone

Fr. Frank Pavone

Priests for Life is a multifaceted ministry under the national directorship of Fr. Frank Pavone that aims to encourage and equip all believers—whether Catholic or not, whether clergy or laity—to bring an end to abortion. This is accomplished through a team of priests and lay leaders who travel to parishes and pro-life events to present educational seminars, conduct strategy sessions, spread the pro-life message in the media, and make sure that Churches have the pro-life information and training they need. Priests for Life gives special emphasis to healing after abortion through its Rachel's Vineyard and Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and also also equips Christians to influence public policy and elect pro-life candidates. Visit website.

Monica Miller

Eric Scheidler

The Pro-Life Action League was founded by veteran pro-life leader Joe Scheidler in 1980 to empower pro-lifers to put their convictions into effective, grassroots action in their own neighborhoods through public protest, political action, prayer campaigns and community education. A central focus of the League is pro-life witness at abortuaries, especially through sidewalk counseling. Joe's son Eric Scheidler serves as the League's executive director. Visit website.

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