Memorial honors the unborn (Livingston Daily)

Published November 3, 2011, on

By Frank Konkel, Daily Press & Argus

Livingston Daily


Published: 11.03.11| Updated: 11.03.11

In support of the pro-life movement, the Pinckney Knights of Columbus dedicated a memorial to unborn aborted children Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery off Mower Road in the Pinckney area.

The Knights of Columbus Council 11761 raised $1,100 in recent months for the stone memorial, which is accented by a brick walkway and two benches.

It reads "In Memory of the Unborn."

"We as Catholics believe that life begins at the moment of conception, that all human life is sacred, and this memorial is for all babies who've been aborted," said Kevin Schang, Knights of Columbus Council 11761 program director.

He added that the memorial and its surroundings at the cemetery could be a place of healing for women who've had abortions.

"What we've found is that after having abortions, women are often troubled, and it bothers them," Schang said. "We believe this memorial could be a place where they could go and reflect, meditate, and make things right with God."

Desiree Cooper, director of community and media relations for Planned Parenthood in mid- and southern Michigan, said she did not take any offense whatsoever to the memorial. Cooper is "pro-choice."

"That's what choice is. Every individual has to make that decision on their own, with family, within their community according to their own value system," said Cooper, who acknowledged that some local Planned Parenthood offices, including the Brighton area's, have been protested recently by members of the national 40 Days for Life campaign.

"America is a place where people can express their various points of view and religious beliefs," Cooper said. "And what we know is that not everyone has the same beliefs. What we care about is providing quality, safe, legal, reproductive health care for all our patients."

Schang said the memorial dedication was not intentionally held during the 40 Days for Life campaign — which ends Sunday — stating that the Pinckney Knights of Columbus were "up against the weather" more than anything else, and wanted to finish it before it snowed.

Schang said the memorial is not designed to create controversy or spark debates. It was spurred to action by the passing of former Robert Bensinger Sr., whose family made the initial donation to the Knights of Columbus for the project. Schang said the Right to Life movement was important to Bensinger.

It is, he said, a memorial to help passers-by remember unborn aborted children, and perhaps a place where their mothers can heal.

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