Los Angeles to participate in National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children
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Contact: Catherine Contreras, Foot Soldiers for Life, (213) 435-3942, CatherineC@FootSoldiersforLife.org
LOS ANGELES, CA (September 13, 2013) - Los Angeles will be the site of a graveside memorial service for unborn victims of abortion on Saturday, September 14. The service, part of the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, will take place from Noon – 1pm at Odd Fellows Cemetery, 3640 Whittier Blvd, LA CA 90023.
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.
The Dispute Over Babies Reached the 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 included 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."
“Every child buried at this gravesite was a unique human being whose life was cut short in its earliest weeks at the hands of an abortionist,” said Brian Johnston of California ProLife, one of the organizers of the Day of Remembrance in Los Angeles. “That’s a sobering thought that cuts through all the rhetoric surrounding abortion. How many of these innocent victims must we bury before our society restores legal protection to unborn children?”
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 AbortionMemorials.com, visitors can learn the 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 date of September 14, 2013, was chosen for this event because it marks the 25th anniversary of the burial of several hundred abortion victims in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Memorial services will be taking place at dozens of burial places of abortion victims nationwide, as well as numerous other memorial sites dedicated to these children.
For more information please contact: Catherine Contreras, Foot Soldiers for Life, (213) 435-3942, CatherineC@FootSoldiersforLife.org
See also AbortionMemorials.com.
Foot Soldiers for Life
http://abortionmemorials.com/history/LosAngeles.php , 91755
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