By: Regina Wright ~Staff Writer~
Eighteen members of Xavier’s Students for Life, accompanied by Professor Bryan Nortan, participated in the March for Life on Jan. 22 in Washington, D.C.
March for Life is the largest pro-life demonstration in the world. The protest aims to convince lawmakers to revisit the legalization of abortion, which was established by Roe v. Wade on Jan. 22, 1973. The march, held each year around Jan, 22, commemorates the anniversary.
Before the march began, there were multiple events for protesters to attend, including a “Life is Very Good” rally, a Mass performed by the Diocese of Lake Charles and a Youth Rally and Mass for Life.
Protesters started marching at 1 p.m. on the National Mall, traveling down Constitution Avenue to the Capitol.
“Going on the March for Life was one of the best experiences of my life. I have never felt so empowered, knowing that I was advocating for those who cannot speak for themselves,” first-year Kaitlyn Snider said. “Being surrounded by 400,000 other people fighting for the same cause made me feel that my opinion was no longer one to be scrutinized by my peers and was nothing to be ashamed of.”
Organizers announced that an estimated 400,000 people participated in the march.
“The amounts of people from all over the United States shocks me, but also makes me happy,” first-year Tom Lucas said. “And we chanted the words ‘We are the Pro-Life Generation.’ They meant a lot to me, and I am happy that I was able to take part in that. It just amazes me that so many of our youth in the United States are so passionate and truly cherish life.”
“I was amazed to see so many young students standing up for what they believe. They weren’t ashamed to be seen supporting a controversial cause because they knew that they were the ones on the moral side — the one fighting for life,” Snider said.
“Silent No More” testimonies were held at 3 p.m. outside the U.S. Supreme Courr, concluding the march.
The march was temporarily delayed by pro-choice protestors obstructing the road.
After the march, students attended a reception hosted by Ohio Congressmen, Senator Rob Portman and Representative Jim Jordan, in the Cannon House Office Building.
“I plan on participating next year without a doubt. This was my second time marching and I loved every minute of it. The large amounts of people who are so passionate about this cause instantaneously brings a smile to my face,” Lucas said. “The pro-life movement is important to me not only because of the 1.21 million lives lost every year, but also because of the preciousness of life.”