40 Annual March for Life

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Hundreds of thousands of pro lifers advocate for the overturning of Roe v. Wade at the annual March for Life. Zsanelle Morel ’15

Despite the freezing cold and snowy weather, lifenews.com estimates that about half million people, mostly teenagers and young adults, attended the March for Life on Friday, January 25.  The March is held every year to protest against the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision that legalized abortion in the United States 40 years ago.

Hundreds of thousands of pro lifers advocate for the overturning of Roe v. Wade at the annual March for Life.
Zsanelle Morel ’15

The March for Life is usually held on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, however this year it was postponed due to the Presidential Inauguration on January 21.
“The March for Life is important because it is an extension of all peaceful civil disobedience.  It is a mechanism for citizens to come together to confront an issue which is important to our nation,” Mrs. Kerry Bader, Upper School Theology teacher and moderator of the Respect Life Club, said in an interview conducted through email, ““I think abortion is an important issue because it speaks fundamentally to the protection of the vulnerable in our society and by vulnerable I mean both the child and the mother who are trapped in a difficult situation.”
Although the March for Life is often known as a protest and a march against the Supreme Court’s decision in 1973, it is also a day of solemn remembrance of the millions of lives lost or damaged by legal abortions.
“I personally find this to be a very sad day.  After 40 years of Roe v. Wade over 55 Million babies have been killed. Just think of all the potential love that was not shared through adoption; of all the goodness and kindness that did not become part of humanity,” Mrs. Jayne Collins, Head of the Upper School, said in an interview conducted through email.
The official theme for the 2013 March for Life is “40 = 55M.” For hundreds of thousands of pro lifers, the annual March for Life is a time to defend the right to life of all human beings by their presence, chanting, and praying in peaceful protest of the 1973 Supreme Court Decision.
“I respect life in all its stages of fundamental development,” senior Marguerite Sommer, co-head of the Respect Life Club, said, “The March for Life is an inspirational and powerful event. I am hoping this event may help open the eyes of the public and the media to this important issue. I hope we can all learn more through this experience.”
 
– Zsanelle Morel, Staff Writer