These stone children, or Jizo, are used to honor the victims of abortion as part of Mizuko Kuyo, or ‘Water Child Memorial Service’. In Buddhism, prenatal children are considered water children because they live in the waters of the womb. Mothers who abort their babies use Mizuko Kuyo ceremonies to feel as though they are helping the children they denied a birth to find ‘rebirth’.
These mothers, and sometimes fathers, dress these Jizo in bibs or seasonal clothing and often leave toys as a gift. These stone children are placed in parks that typically contain playground equipment to make those who killed their babies feel as though their children are happy and content. The truth is that these parks are designed to make their parents feel happy and content, to feel as though what they did to their babies is somehow acceptable.
Rituals like this serve to remind us that aborting our young is a horrific and undeniable wrong. After all, if they were just ‘clumps of cells’, why mourn?