by MADISON DIETRICH '21
On January 18, around 300,000 people participated in this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C. This rally occurs every year around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to decriminalize abortion, which was in 1973. For 45 years, citizens from across the US have protested against the legalization of abortion by becoming a voice for the voiceless, meaning that all individuals who are pro-life believe that all children, born and unborn, have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Therefore, the purpose of the March for Life is to end the human rights abuse of abortion since all life beginning at conception is sacred, and each child should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest.
It is for these reasons that people who attend the March for Life make a difference in the world by doing what they think is right. For example, Abby Johnson, an anti-abortion activist, spoke at the assembly to share her story of how she converted to being pro-life. She spent 8 years working for Planned Parenthood because she has always wanted to support women who are conflicted between going through with their pregnancies or getting an abortion. After Abby was promoted to clinic director, she witnessed an ultrasound-guided abortion. She was horrified and confused, so she sought help from a pro-life group in her community. She immediately resigned from Planned Parenthood, but the corporation tried to silence her through a gag order. Their lawsuit failed, and Abby is now a frequent guest on Fox News and other TV shows to advocate for the protection of life within the womb. She also wrote Unplanned to describe her experiences in an abortion clinic and founded And Then There Were None, which is an organization that helps clinic staff leave the abortion industry.
Abby Johnson’s story has served as an inspiration for many people who want to fight for life and join in the march, including some teachers and students from Saint Ursula Academy. Ms. Cahill, one of SUA’s religion teachers, takes part in the March for Life Rally because she believes that “God created everyone with dignity” and that “we are called to respect that inherent dignity” from conception to natural death. She also encourages students to go to the march since you can “bond, sightsee, and stand up for what you believe in”, making it an amazing experience that won’t be forgotten.
Sophomore Marygrace Fagan adds that “there are so many people from different schools around the country, and some from Australia that come”, allowing you to meet people who share the same views and desires as you do. Playing a part in the March for Life even relates to the school’s theme of being a prophet. By expressing your own opinions, you motivate others to have confidence in what they regard as true and make an impact on generations to come. The March for Life Rally is not just a protest, but a reason to bring people together on a united front in order to promote the well-being of all individuals, even if they have not been born.