Memorial for the Unborn Children


"Memorial for the Unborn Children", uma escultura criada em 2010 pelo jovem eslovaco Martin Hudacek.

By Elise Harris

Rome, Italy, Oct 24, 2015 (CNA/EWTN News).- Five years ago a young Slovakian artist set out to create a statue that would offer hope and healing to post-abortive women suffering from pain and regret – and the project would touch hearts around the world.

The statue portrays a suffering mother in imitation stone. She is grieving with her face buried in her hands. She is approached by her aborted baby, depicted in a young child’s transparent form. The child reaches up to touch the woman’s head in a tender gesture of forgiveness and healing.

Sculptor Martin Hudacek, the statue’s creator, has seen its impact.

“Many people said ‘wow, it is me.’ They were crying, so many people said that sculpture touched their heart,” he told CNA.

Hudacek created the sculpture, named “Memorial for Unborn Children,” while still a student. He hopes the piece will help to heal men and women suffering after an abortion.

The monument, located in Slovakia, has been praised for its depiction of the pain, sorrow and regret felt by women who have had abortions.

Hudacek presented a replica of the original statue to Pope Francis during the Pope’s Oct. 21 general audience. He was assisted by the Wisconsin-based Family Life Council, Inc.

He told CNA that a friend inspired the project.

“It all began when on my way back home from my friend’s place who prays and meditates a lot, (and) he told me I have to carve a statue” that depicts the effects of post-abortion syndrome, “a big problem and there is no such statue regarding this issue.”

Hudacek said that he was “touched in such way that I wanted to make a monument for the unborn children,” but he had no idea where to start. He asked people to pray.

“I was praying and many people came to me and said I need a picture of forgiveness,” he said. As time passed, the image became clearer and clearer in his mind: “it looked like a crying mother and a child who forgives her.”