Priests for Life recently unveiled their new NametheChildren.org initiative, something that will give names to more than 61 million children who have been lost to legalized abortion since Roe v. Wade in 1973. The announcement was purposefully meant to coincide with the recent burial of the 2,411 remains found on abortionist Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s property. While Priests for Life and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society have previously undergone efforts to name aborted children, this project is the first one to grant names to millions of unborn lives.
Speaking to the press, the National Director of Priests for Life, Fr. Frank Pavone, explained:
“Every person has a name. One of the very first things people do when meeting one another for the first time is to let each other know their names. It would be strange indeed for someone to say, when we ask their name, ‘I don’t have one.’”
Fr. Pavone noted how it is not only the unborn that are dehumanized by abortion, but those who carry out the abortion, and even society itself. He went on to say, “Mourning the children who have been killed by abortion, remembering them, burying them when we have their remains, and giving them a name, is part of the process of re-humanizing them, our society, and ourselves. That’s why, at Priests for Life, we have embarked on a project to name all the abortion victims in the U.S.”
The response to other naming projects for victims of Klopfer, as well as Dr. Kermit Gosnell, was “swift and intense” according to Fr. Pavone. For Fr. Pavone, this demonstrates how pro-life people see the humanity of these aborted children, recognizing them as more than a statistic by giving them names.