VIDEO: “Requiem for the Disappeared”

Detroit, MI – In March and April of 2008, Citizens for a Pro-life Society discovered the bodies of 23 aborted babies in the dumpsters outside Detroit area abortion clinics belonging to Alberto Hodari and Reginald Sharpe.

At the time of their discovery, Operation Rescue covered the story and called for criminal charges against Hodari for the illegal dumping of human body parts. While Hodari was given a slap on the wrist for the illegal disposal of women’s private medical records, he was never charged or disciplined for throwing the broken bodies of 23 tiny babies into the trash.

The funeral services were held for the 20 of the babies in May and June, 2008, while three more of the babies were buried in July of that same year.

Today, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society released a powerful video on called “Requiem for the Disappeared,” which features the original song, “Tell me who I am” with lyrics by Dr. Monica Migliorino Miller, director of CPLS. The video melds haunting music with the images from the funerals and of the broken bodies of the nameless babies themselves.

“This video stirs the emotions and reminds us all why we are pro-life,” said Operation Rescue president Troy Newman.

Caution: Graphic images

  • (Still) Grieving in Wichita

    Two years ago, the documentary “Unborn In The USA” found its way onto my DVD player. One of the more evocative segments featured the above-mentioned Dr. Miller. In the DVD’s “post-release” bonus feature, Dr. Miller laments what she deems is the DVD’s most salient detriment: the lack of emphasis on unborn life – and the loss of that life.

    She needn’t have worried.

    That DVD – and the video above – present critical basis for reflection. Although I still harbor some philosophical differences with Dr. Miller – and my former church – this much pervades: The dumping of unborn, aborted fetuses in trash cans is eminently repugnant.

    In the video above, I was profoundly moved by the beautiful, age-old rituals conferred by clergymen of my former church. Certainly, they stood in stark disparity from the images filmed in trash receptacles.

    This video as well as “Unborn in the USA” presents undeniable evidence of abortion’s attendant tragedy. If we sublimate this reality – no matter how we stand on this divisive issue – we sacrifice sensitivity.

    And in an issue in which human suffering resonates, that’s a liability no one should encourage.

  • Sarah

    the images were powerful to say the least though I found the rock music a little distracting….hardly haunting. The video would have been more powerful with better music I think. But if you can get around that and focus on the pictures…so sad. those little broken hands and feet were somebody’s babies and brothers and sisters and grandkids….they would have grown up to be doctors, and police officers, and teachers and musicians…ugh. The utter waste of their little lives infuriates me. and for what? for the pure selfishness of either their moms and dads or the people in their mom and dads lives. abortion is the most selfish act there is.

  • angele

    Very moving.