Every year since January of 1974, pro-lifers have congregated to march from the Washington Monument to the U.S. Supreme Court building in an annual event known as the March for Life. On Jan. 19, following a morning Mass, over eighty Mount students travelled to Washington, D.C. to join hundreds of thousands for the march.
Those who attended the march from the Mount were led by the Mount Students for Life club here on campus. “Being part of Mount Students for Life has been a wonderful opportunity to spread the love to women and children, and show that there is not a stigma of hatred surrounding abortion from the pro-life community, but one of love. We want to help people and we want to save lives, not hurt them,” explains Elizabeth O’Hare, Class of 2019.
The mission of Mount Students for Life is very similar to that of the march, which is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person, at all stages and in all places. Father Brian Nolan, who accompanied Mount students on Friday, explains, “The March for Life is a great opportunity for prayer and joyful witness on behalf of pre-born and unborn children. We love the mothers and the children, and we go out there to ‘make a holy ruckus,’ as Pope Francis said.” The Mount made its own “holy ruckus” by beginning the march with a group rosary and following up with multiple different cheers to bring energy and enthusiasm to those around them.
Although the march is largely focused on the desire to overturn Roe v. Wade, people also go to stand in solidarity with and support other groups. Among these is not only the unborn, but also women who have suffered the after effects of having an abortion, refugees, victims of human trafficking, those experiencing homelessness or disabilities, those who are likely to be victims of physician assisted suicide and much more. Being pro-life encompasses more than simply being opposed to abortion. Pro-lifers consider all life sacred, “from the womb to the tomb.”
This event continues to be something that both Christians widespread throughout the U.S. and Mount students look forward to every year. Giving the witness of their presence and faith can change hearts and transform minds. This could be the difference between someone choosing life or death.