Pro-life advocates dedicated a shrine to remember the babies killed in abortions Aug. 15 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Like other memorials for the unborn across the world, the Rachel’s Grotto shrine reminds society of the value of unborn babies and gives grieving parents who have lost babies to abortion a place to mourn.

The Catholic News Agency reports the shrine is a project of the pro-life organization Los Inocentes de María (Mary’s Innocent Ones), which helps pregnant families choose life for their unborn babies. It also honors children who are victims of abortion and other violence by giving them proper burials.

Brenda del Río, the founder and director of the pro-life organization, said they decided to erect the shrine after learning about a similar memorial at a monastery in Frauenberg, Germany.

She told the news outlet that they want “to combat violence against children, both in the womb and in early childhood, newborns and up to two, five, six years old, when lamentably many are murdered” She said some of their bodies are “thrown into sewers, onto vacant lots.”

They hope to help parents who have participated in abortions heal as well. The pro-life organization set up a small box where parents can submit their child’s name to have it inscribed on a tile on the walls around the shrine, the report states.

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Here’s more from the report:

Del Río explained that the Inocentes de María project goes into marginalized and crime-ridden areas, looking for pregnant women and new mothers. They offer workshops for these women in local Catholic churches, teaching them about human dignity and development in the womb.

“We’re sure, men and women alike – because we also have men here with us helping out – that we’re saving lives with these workshops. Telling them, ‘Your baby is not your enemy, it’s not your problem,’ is to restore a whole life,” the association director said.

Meanwhile, in the United States, pro-life advocates across the country are preparing for a day of remembrance for aborted babies on Sept. 12. The National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children is a project of the Pro-Life Action League to remind people of the brutal reality of abortion and inspire them to take action.

More than 100 memorial services are scheduled across the country, including at many of the 54 gravesites for aborted babies in the U.S. Other services are being held at the hundreds of memorials for unborn babies at churches and other community sites.

In the United States, there have been more than 61 million abortions since 1973.

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