Echoes editor reflects on March for Life

Echoes editor reflects on March for Life

Kelli Banta, Staff Member

On January 24, 2017, 49 students traveled to Washington DC to participate in the 44th annual March for Life Rally. Being able to participate in this event for five years has truly made a difference in my life. I was always Pro – Life; however, I never understood the whole meaning behind it until my first trip. People think that teenagers can’t have a say or don’t have an impact on such a controversial issue. But they are wrong.

Five hundred New Orleans youth got on ten different buses to make an impact. The day of the march approaches fast, and I begin to pray for the unborn, but then I am reminded by a sign on the sidewalk, “You’re not marching for just the unborn, you’re marching for every aspect of life.” This sign truly changed my perspective.

The Pro Life generation isn’t just for the unborn and the respect for life. It’s for the sanctity of all life, for the women affected by abortion and the for the men affected as well. This genocide has affected millions upon millions and this one sign says it all. Fifty-eight million innocent children have lost their lives because of this massive genocide.

Of those 58 million, what if one them was you or your brother or sister? What difference would it have made then?

As I was holding up my sign among the thousands of others, I felt this sense of change and impact. We must follow the example of these students who lovingly assert that each person, regardless of race, gender, biological imperfections or age, deserve the opportunity to live – to ultimately love, serve, and know our Lord Jesus Christ. He died to give us life, and because of that we must honor and respect the most basic fundamental right, the right to life.

That 23-hour pilgrimage on a bus was worth it. Waking up early with little sleep the night before was worth it. Being in the freezing cold and windy climate was worth it. Each one of us on that trip was called by God to be on this pilgrimage and together as one Church, we are making a difference. We must follow the example of these students who lovingly assert that each person, regardless of race, gender, biological imperfections or age, deserve the opportunity to live – to ultimately love, serve, and know our Lord, Jesus Christ. He died to give us life, and because of that we must honor and respect the most basic fundamental right, the right to life.