March for Life 2019
Fifty Spartans braved the January cold weather heading to Washington, D.C. for the 2019 March for Life. The March for Life is a peaceful protest in response to the 1973 court case, Roe v. Wade, that legalized abortion. Roger Bacon, as well as tens of thousands in attendance, view abortion as stripping the human right to life from those who cannot speak for themselves - those in the womb. This year’s theme was, “Unique from Day One.” The belief that life begins at conception and should be protected from the womb until the tomb is the cornerstone of the March for Life.
After the long ten hour bus ride, we arrived in Washington, D.C. and attended the Youth Rally Mass to start our March for Life experience. At the Youth Rally Mass, we joined with thousands of other schools in prayer and song and listened to motivational speakers who were determined to make a difference, culminating with the celebration of the Eucharist. Before the march began, we participated in a scavenger hunt that gave us the opportunity to meet students from schools all around the country. As the march began, we walked side by side, from the Washington Monument to the Supreme Court Building to demonstrate our support for the Right to Life movement and our opposition to the Supreme Court ruling in the Roe v. Wade court case.
Following the March for Life, we gathered in small groups to discuss and reflect on our experiences from the day. Project Leader, Andy Gruenwald ‘19, said, “Leading the March for Life trip has been a very exciting and a rewarding experience the past two years. I strongly support the movement and love to lead my peers to stand up in solidarity.” Mary Kate Dewees ‘19 attended the March for Life for the third time and stated, “March for Life is one of the most unique and rewarding experiences offered at RB. The fact that thousands of my peers from all over the world come together in one place to celebrate Mass and the gift of life never ceases to amaze me. To be able to travel with my classmates to Washington, D.C. to stand up for what I believe in is something I will never forget.” Endia White is a sophomore and it was her first time on March for Life. Reflecting on her first experience she said, “I served as a small group leader for my peers and the experience was very eye opening. We were all marching to show that everyone has value from the time they are born throughout their entire life. I reflected on how God has blessed me with the gift of life and how I can use it to be an instrument of his love.” Personally, I have found that being a part of the March for Life has solidified my belief that every life has value. No matter your age, gender, race, ethnicity, or religion, everyone deserves the chance to live the life they are blessed with. Everyone is a special gift from God. I am so thankful for the opportunity to walk beside some of my closest friends and voice my opinion.
Roger Bacon is looking forward to continuing its participation in the March for Life. We are the Pro-Life generation!
By: Christine Hoffmann '19