By ucanews.com reporter, Hue City (
December 29, 2010)
from Vietnam's central provinces have been burying thousands of
aborted fetuses for nearly two decades out of respect for life.
want to raise awareness of respect for life that God makes among local
people, especially mothers," said John Baptist Truong Van Nang.
father of six said local women who were raped or have unwanted
pregnancies turn to abortions. Some unwed women and college students
also resort to abortions because they fear rejection from their families
or face dismissal from their jobs.
Nang said that he has started doing this since 1992 and has been burying four-10 fetuses a day.
day after Christmas, Nang placed 15 aborted fetuses into four clay
pots and placed them under the altar at home. He offered incense while
his family prayed for the fetuses. The next day he took the pots to a
local cemetery and buried them.
Some local volunteers collect aborted fetuses from state-run hospitals and private clinics for me to bury, he said.
volunteer, who asked not to be named, said her organization admires
young people who help collect aborted fetuses from public gardens and
bury them at local cemeteries.
She said volunteers visit
hospitals and clinics to discourage pregnant women from having an
abortion. Each year 50-60 pregnant women are given free accommodation
and food at Church-run houses to carry on with their pregnancy.
100 people including non-Catholic women on Dec. 28 attended a special
Mass held at a local cemetery for fetuses, to mark the Feast of the
Since 1992, about 43,000 aborted fetuses were
buried at three cemeteries in the provinces of Quang Tri and Thua
Thien-Hue, according to local Church records.
Vietnam law allows abortion at hospitals to control population growth.
Vietnam Church holds citywide Masses for life
Caritas Vietnam to intensify pro-life work