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“If we took a moment of silence for each person lost to abortion, we would be silent for over 100 years.” (1)
The Overwhelming Reality of Abortion
September 10th is the National Day of Remembrance of Aborted Children. But the tragic number of lives ended by abortion - over 63 million since 1972 in the U.S. alone - is overwhelming. How can we possibly mourn all those children? It’s too many to even comprehend.
It seems that sometimes in our desire to avoid being overwhelmed, we refuse to think about, or more accurately feel, the horrible reality and consequences of abortion. We know in our minds that it’s wrong, but we often don’t allow that wrongness to sink into our hearts for fear of being immobilized by the horror of what’s happening.
In our efforts to protect the lives of preborn children, this form of apathy can sometimes be our greatest enemy. Sure, you may be pro-life; you may sometimes share a pro-life post or stand up for the value and humanity of the preborn when talking with a friend or family member. But when was the last time it really hit you? How often does the thought of such violent loss of life make you feel physically ill, or bring tears to your eyes?
If you’re like me, it’s not nearly often enough.
We all have busy lives, and, quite frankly, most of us just don’t have the time to collapse into a sobbing heap on the floor every day. We have to get to work, run errands, pick up the kids from school, check instagram, etc. We hardly have time to sit with our emotions, and when it comes to the massive emotions that naturally stem from such a large-scale destruction of life, it’s easier to just keep ourselves from feeling.
Whether we like it or not, our society (including the Pro-life side) has fallen into the trap of desensitization. When it feels like there’s nothing we can do and we don’t see the victims, it’s easy to let the issue slip to the back of our minds. Unfortunately, the abortion lobby has succeeded in making abortion seem normal.
But it isn’t normal. Killing innocent children can never be normal.
These are children who could suck their thumbs. These are children who could recognize their mothers’ voices. Children who could see light through the womb, and not just taste, but have taste preferences. Children who could feel pain.
These are children who were legally ripped apart or poisoned.
We need to remember them.
A Day for Remembering
On September 10th, individuals who uphold the value of human life will be gathering at memorial cites for aborted children all around the country. These monuments, often in cemeteries, serve as a confirming reminder that these were living babies who were killed. They weren’t given a headstone, but they deserve to be remembered.
The official website for the National Day of Remembrance of Aborted Children says:
“By participating in the National Day of Remembrance, visiting these solemn memorial places at other times of the year, and spreading the word about this prayer campaign, you are helping to humanize our aborted brothers and sisters and deepening your own commitment to ending the injustice of abortion. The National Day of Remembrance also offers hope and healing to women who have had abortions and others who have been hurt by abortion.” (2)
This September 10th, allow yourself to truly mourn the millions of lives lost. As you do, you just might find healing and a renewed conviction you didn’t know you needed.
Local Memorials (3)
Salt Lake City Memorial to the Unborn
Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery (275 U Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103)
Sandy Memorial to the Unborn
Blessed Sacrament Parish (1745 East 9800 South, Sandy, UT 84092)
Orem Monument to the Unborn (4)
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (65 W 500 N, Orem, UT 84057)
St. George Memorial to the Victims of Abortion
St. George Catholic Church (259 W. 200 North Street, St. George, UT 84770)
Cedar City Memorial to the Unborn
Christ the King Catholic Church (690 South Cove Drive, Cedar City, UT 84720)
Vernal Memorial to the Victims of Abortion
St. James Catholic Church (138 North 100 West, Vernal, UT 84078)
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Take time this September 10th to remember the children lost to abortion and consider how you can strengthen your efforts in fighting for life. Contact the Pro-life Utah team to get involved.
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