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March for Life 2017

Julia Swindeman

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On Friday, January 27th, thousands of U.S. pro-life advocates gathered in Washington D.C. for the annual March for Life. This march has taken place every year since the infamous Supreme Court decision Roe V Wade legalized abortion throughout the country in 1973. Every year the March remains largely uncovered by mainstream news sources even though this is one of the largest peaceful demonstrations in the country.

A rally took place shortly before the March, during which many politicians gave speeches, including the Vice President Mike Pence. He was the first Vice President to ever give a speech during the March for Life. “Life is winning again in America,” he told the crowd gathered outside the Washington Monument. Other politicians including Mia Love, state representative from Utah, and Kellyanne Conway, Senior Counselor to Donald Trump, spoke at the rally.

This year Alter took a group of fifteen students to the march. They left on January 26th and returned early in the morning of January 28th.

One of the students who attended was Jessica Ward, junior at Alter High School. She described the March as “a faith-filled experience that showed respect for all life.” When asked about what was most memorable she said, “The mass before the March. It showed the unity and passion everyone had.”

When asked why it is important to attend events like this she said, “It’s important to stand up for what you believe in. If you take an action like this, it shows how much you care about an issue. It will help everything in the long run.”

Alter theology teacher, Mr. Mahle, the adult leader on the trip, was also questioned He stated that “to be part of something bigger than yourself, and to stand up for something that is right, is consistent with the gospel message.”

He described the event as predominately youthful, and the prolife generation as “vibrant, joyous, and prayerful.” He said that “the March is specifically for the unborn but is not exclusive to the unborn. It’s very appropriate to be focused on one particular issue to bring it to the national stage and to challenge our democratic system to stand up for the unborn child.”

When asked about what made this experience different than past experiences he stated, “The thing that made a difference was Vice President Pence speaking. There was an increased measure of hope because prolife citizens now feel like they have an opportunity to be heard. This year, it felt like there are so many new opportunities for pro-life officials to take a stand.”

 

 

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