Numbers involoved in the whole abortion industry are beyond shocking. They are horrific! Each of those babies killed by abortion had a mother and father and a life to be lived until it was taken away.
Charlotte Osterman reflected on this and eventually decided that on order to honour each of those lives, a name could be given to each of the 50 million babies who have died from abortion (in the US). And so she founded The 50 Million Names Project where anyone is invited to choose a name for one of those lives lost to abortion. It’s mantra is;
A name is the beginning
A name is the beginning of dignity
A name is the beginning of healing
A name is the beginning of blessing
A name is the beginning of relationship.
Violence is not the end of the story.
Although Charlotte is based in America, we can be inspired and encouraged by her mission here in Britain. We have the same tragedy occurring here and any way we can mark each precious life lost to abortion perhaps can save a life in the future.
On the website she gives a few ways we can honour a child’s life.
Ways to Honor a Baby
Plant a tree, plant a flower box for this child
Celebrate the Feast Day for a child named after a saint….invite friends
Blog about the project and tell the story of the names I gave to babies
Memorize 3 scriptures that speak of the value of children
Give up my pillow for one night
Help my brother clean his room….Clean up my room without being told
Attend the Bishop’s monthly pro-life Mass
Pray one hour in front of an abortion clinic, or make a First Friday holy hour
Give a flock of chickens, a goat, or a calf to a needy family through Heifer International
Host a dinner and tell your guests about the 50 Million Names project
Embroider the name on a baby hat or blanket and donate to the neonatal intensive care unit
Paint the name on a poster to hold up at March for Life
Pray a rosary, novena, or other particular prayer for this child
Send flowers in honor of this child to a women’s shelter, or to the person whose name you give to a child
Make a pilgrimage to a site related to the child’s name
Help clean up a cemetery, pray there for the people buried there, look for names to honor by giving them to babies at 50 Million Names
Decorate a special, keepsake Christmas ornament and add the child’s name
Serve at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or other ministry one hour, or one day, in this child’s honor
Release helium balloons bearing the names you have given in a private ceremony of prayer and promise
Ask for a Mass to be said in honor of this child
Create a prayer card to enclose with letters, asking a friend to join you in honoring each child
Write and share a poem, or song
One day of a Novena for each of nine children named