Towards healing from abortion


Through my own abortion experience I have come to realise many women feel the same—that it can be difficult to gain any sense of closure. There is no grave to visit, no tangible way of remembering. Until now.


In a nutshell, the Buttons Project aims to collect buttons—thousands of buttons—to commemorate the babies we never met. To enable anyone affected by abortion—not only women, but fathers, grandparents, siblings, “to do something when there is nothing you can do.”

For some it will be a way of simply remembering, for others a step on the journey of healing. Some buttons come with stories, some don't—and all of them will be sewn on wall hangings and then displayed in an appropriate manner.


Together we will create a memorial. To remember, to grieve, to love. What happened mattered.

See Marina's story -



Watch the "Little Button" music video written by Richard Dawson, with Jackie Lowry and performed by Debbie Shepherd.

Why a button?


It is easy to find and easy to send. It can be unique—representing a personal loss. It can symbolise closure, or security. Buttons are long-lasting, though fabric may fade or tear. Buttons join; buttons bring together. We are not alone.
At last I feel I can confront and grieve about the wee soul that didn't get a chance at life.
Last Friday, my child would have been around 23 if he/she was allowed to live.
It chokes me up thinking about the potential that has been lost . . .
Thank you soooooo much for the Buttons Project.
The blue button is for Paul or Paula (so sad to not even know that).
I love and will miss them always, I'm sorry I didn’t give them everything they needed and deserved.
I want to thank you for this opportunity to publicly mark the lives of my babies.
May “she” who never lived on this earth enjoy her time being remembered with all the other “buttons"
A button to remember or wonder at how life would turn out if I didn’t go through with the abortion.
In remembrance of my niece/nephew lost to abortion.
For my baby Hope who will never be forgotten.

in memory of...

For my sibling. Mum and dad decided to abort their 4th child...
For the nieces/nephews I never got to know. I feel sad I wasn’t a better support for their mums.

Hover your cursor over the buttons for at least 3 seconds to see the message that came with the buttons.

You can also visit our virtual Buttons Memorial.

send a button

The button that you choose is special and unique to you, representing a life lost. So when you select your button, I would suggest getting two—one to send and one to keep for yourself. Or you may like to take a photo of it.


It is also important to remember the date of when you sent your button. New buttons will be included in our online memorial above for a certain period. All the buttons will be catalogued and displayed—probably on giant wall hangings—according to the month and year they were received. These will eventually be displayed in an appropriate place as a type of memorial, a safe place to visit without judgement.


If you file the date of when you sent your button, you will have safe place to visit and a better chance of spotting it if you visit the memorial display. All correspondence will be acknowledged where return addresses are supplied. No names or identifying details will be used anywhere.


Check out the Buttons Project Facebook page for regular updates.

send your button to:
Buttons Project
PO Box 616, Kumeu
Auckland 0841
New Zealand
virtual memorial:
You can also send your button to our virtual Buttons Memorial

support us


Our vision and purpose is...
  • To help towards the healing of abortion.

  • To have opportunities to speak at seminars, community groups and wherever the opportunity arises.

  • To create an amazing memorial “What happened mattered” A way to remember, to grieve and to love. Simply a non-judgmental way of remembering.  But also a visual statement of 1000’s of buttons—each one symbolising a baby lost to abortion.

  • To put together a Buttons Project memorial book.

  • Have the memorial travel around different parts of the country—museum, churches, community centres, gardens with peaceful settings.

  • To facilitate and run support programmes to help towards healing from abortion, which is happening now around the country.

  • To provide counselling services and form networking groups where individuals affected by abortion can meet and receive assistance.

  • To resource initiatives that gives involvement, responsibility and healing for those effected by abortion.

  • To provide physical, psychological and spiritual healing to any person who has been affected by abortion, whether that be the mother or other persons.

Buttons Project is a not-for-profit NZ Charitable Trust CC51026 and we would greatly appreciate any contribution, no matter how big or small, that you could give to this ministry to continue to help us work towards healing from abortion.


To become an Automatic Payment donor or to make an online donation via internet banking, please use these bank details:


Buttons Project BNZ 02-0139-0116091-00


Any contributions you make are tax deductible. As long as you use your full name as a reference when you set up your automatic payment or online donation.


My passion is always to bring hope to those without hope and to see a sparkle come back into someones eyes. To value life and make a positive difference in my community and beyond.


Thank you for your support,
Marina and team

contact us

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Buttons project is a New Zealand Charitable Trust CC51026.


PO Box 616, Kumeu, Auckland 0841, New Zealand

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I love and will miss them always, I'm sorry I didn’t give them everything they needed and deserved.