Fr. Frank Pavone, the National Director for Priests for Life has announced a prayer Vigil for the victims of Dr. Kermit, a recently convicted abortion doctor. Zenit News Agency released his statement on Tuesday. The prayer vigil will take place on Friday, July 29 from 10-11 a.m. in front of the building where the bodies of the babies are being kept: 321 University Ave., Philadelphia.
Dr. Kermit received 237 convictions which included three counts of first degree murder of infants born alive during attempted late term abortions, one count of infanticide, and the involuntary manslaughter of a patient who died from complication of anesthesia administered by an unlicensed nurse at his abortion clinic. He was also found guilty of conspiracy performing abortions beyond the legal limit in Pennsylvania and 208 violations of the state’s informed consent law. On May 14, Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison.
Father Pavone stated that the 45 bodies of babies found in jars, milk cartons and other containers have not been released for burial despite offers from the Priests for Life to conduct proper funeral services and burials. “The babies are currently still in possession of the Philadelphia Medical Examiner,” Fr. Pavone stated. “If the Medical Examiner will not bring these babies to us, then we will go to them.”
Several other outreach campaigns will also take part in the vigil including the Silence No More Awareness Campaign, Rachel’s Vineyard and the Christian Defense Coalition.
The prayer vigil will be an opportunity to pray for the souls of the babies killed, their families and even those who killed them. Father Pavone stated, “We seek to continue to shed light on the fact that these children are our brothers and sisters and that their bodies are sacred and must be reverenced. We have already given them names, and we will hold a major national funeral service at some point in the near future. We seek likewise, to shed light on the violence of abortion, which killed these children. The killing of a child is equally wrong whether it is carried out inside the womb or outside the womb. It is the violence itself that must end; the place it occurs is secondary.”
Concluding his statement he said the Vigil will also be an invitation to healing for those who are or have been involved in abortion. “We who reject abortion do not reject those who have had abortions; rather we embrace them with compassion and love,” he said. “Nor do we reject those who work or have worked in the abortion industry. They too, need healing and compassion, which we provide through our work with the Society of Centurions, a program of healing and outreach for former abortionists and their staff.”