Holy Cross Students attend March for Life in D.C.
Published: Sunday, February 9, 2014
Updated: Sunday, February 9, 2014 15:02
While the majority of students were attempting to get back into the swing of academic life, the Students for Life, an organization located within Campion House and dedicated to pro-life choices, headed to Washington D.C. to march in the acclaimed March for Life on January 22.
A group of 20 that consisted of students and faculty drove for 15 hours, including stops, to Washington D.C. where the rally and march were held. Unfortunately, the group had missed a concert on the evening of January 21 due to the snow storm. The group attended the Jesuit Rally at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church where the students and faculty met up with other Jesuit schools and universities and a mass was held. After the mass and rally, the group gathered outside the National Mall as several speakers discussed the importance of the March and its impact on a global scale. Although temperatures were below freezing, thousands of individuals were dedicated to the March. Nick Barresi, a key member of the Students for Life group, commented on the impact of the March. “It was encouraging to see so many people (especially thousands of young people) dedicated to the same cause: that human life is as sacred as it is invaluable.” As one of only 28 Jesuit colleges in the United States, Holy Cross students were certain to leave their mark as they “live the mission” in their pursuit to be men and women for others.
The March for Life was founded and enacted by Nellie Gray after the passing of the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion for the first two trimesters of a woman’s pregnancy. The March is held annually on January 22 in honor of the Roe v Wade decision. The March for Life has become one of the largest peaceful demonstrations in the United States and has grown to attract thousands of marchers each year.
The Students for Life group meets weekly in Campion House and encourages new members to attend, along with those who wish to explore their views on the value of life and its origins.