This year marks the 45th annual March Life Protest to ending the option of abortion. According to Merriam Webster, abortion is defined as “the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus:” Over the last forty-five years, over 60 million babies have been aborted. Many protest that it is the woman’s choice, since it is her body. Others argue that abortion should be legal because, many woman become pregnant from rape. Our country has gone back and forth with this issue for forty-five years. Seton high school each year send about thirty to forty students to Washington DC to participate in this annual protest.
Senior Hannah Beiting discusses the reason she attended to March For Life this year, “I decided to go on the March because, I wanted to do something about the issue at hand. I wanted to go out and be a voice; instead of just saying I believed in an issue, and do nothing about it.” Many people who make the decision to participate in the March for Life feel very passionate about the issue. Sophomore Meredith Lindle discusses how she decided to participate, “I decided to go on the March because I went last year, and it was a lot of fun. Not only that, but the pro-life movement is something I feel passionate about supporting.” People who protest are acting as the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Not only did Seton saints participate in the march, they also visited the Lincoln Memorial; the Vietnam and Korean Memorial; the World War II Memorial; the Martin Luther King Memorial; they participated in the all youth mass; the March for Life Pep Rally; and many other fun activities. Hannah Beiting explains her favorite part of the trip, “Seeing everybody who was there in support of pro-life. It is very rare for people to stand up for these sort of issues and it was just overall empowering. I also loved of course being with my Seton sisters, and bonding through faith.” Many other students felt the same as Hannah. Majority of the group’s favorite part was seeing the unity in the cause to end abortion.
Along with feeling passionate and united, many felt other emotions as well. Meredith Lindle discusses her thoughts and feelings towards the march, “I had a lot of emotions: thankfulness for my life, happiness from seeing all the people who support the cause, sadness from remembering the unborn, and excitement from knowing I’m making a difference.” Furthermore, many Seton students did not just feel closer to their fellow peers, but also closer to God. Hannah Beiting states, “My relationship definitely grew stronger through God on this trip. It made me value all that God has given me even more every day and to spread my values and love for God to other people.”
There are many ways to get involved in this movement to save lives. Meredith Lindle explains, “Going on the March for Life is just one of the many ways to help end abortion. People of any age can write to their congressman and tell them how they feel about the Pro-life movement. People also help in simple ways by volunteering and Pregnancy West or other pro-life pregnancy clinics.” Overall, there are many ways you can be involved in this mission.