MADISON DIETRICH '21
2019 March for Life in Washington, D.C.
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 1973 decision to decriminalize abortion. 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, Alveda King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, is an anti-abortion activist who spoke at the rally to protect the rights of babies who are artificially breached. In her lifetime, she has had two abortions, but one was involuntary. After she had her first son, she noticed that her cycle did not continue. But when she went to her doctor, he performed an illegal abortion without her consent. He had assumed that Alveda did not want to be pregnant again after having her first baby. She had her second abortion when she was 22 years old. After undergoing the procedure, her cervix was damaged, and she miscarried her third baby a few months later. Since then, she has suffered from eating disorders, depression, nightmares, and sexual dysfunctions. She felt guilty for deciding that she did not want her baby, but her faith in God gives her hope that she will see all of her children in Heaven. As a result of her experiences with the abortion industry, Alveda has been traveling across the country to spread her message of ending post-abortion trauma. She recalls, “I prayed often for deliverance from the pain caused by my decision to abort my baby. I suffered the threat of cervical and breast cancer and experienced the pain of empty arms after the baby was gone. And truly, for me, and countless abortive mothers, nothing on earth can fully restore what has been lost; only Jesus can.”
Alveda King’s story has made her an unlikely candidate to become a pro-life activist, but it has served as an inspiration for many people who want to fight for life, including some teachers and students from Saint Ursula Academy. Ms. Cahill, one of SUA’s religion teachers, takes part in the March for Life 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 rally 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 your part in the March for Life even relates to the school’s theme of the Prophet. By expressing your own opinions, you can motivate others to have confidence in what they regard as true and make an impact on generations to come. So the March for Life is not just a protest, but a reason to bring people together on a united front to promote the well-being of all individuals, even if they have not been born.