By Sydney Anderson, Alley Faulkner, and Yvan Polynice
FEB. 24, 2020
March for Life is an annual pilgrimage that takes place in January when students from all over the country assemble in Washington D.C. to march against abortion. This event is organized to protest Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s 1973 landmark ruling that legalized abortion in the United States. On January 24, St. Thomas Aquinas High School’s (STA) Raiders 4 Life club headed to Washington D.C. to march for their beliefs. STA has participated in the March for Life for more than 20 years. Theology teacher and past moderator of the club Ms. Michaela Ecker said, “This opportunity gives students a chance to see that they are not alone in their beliefs and together they can make a difference and be heard.” Raiders 4 Life president Lindsay Merthyl said, “We all march and pray for the decision that was made years ago, Roe v. Wade, against abortion.” March for Life is commited to standing up against abortion and bringing awareness to the value of preserving life. The students expressed the belief that there are better options for a baby that is unwanted.
“We will march on Constitution Avenue and march to Washington D.C. and end at the steps of the Supreme Court,” explained Mrs. Susie Gibney, Theology teacher and March for Life chaperone. This protest first began with approximately 20,000 participants but has since grown to several hundred thousand participants.
“We’re just carrying on the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church which believes that life begins at conception.”said Mrs. Gibney. The students who chose to be a part of this event represented STA in a crowd of hundreds of other schools. Not only did Raiders 4 Life support the protest against abortion, their efforts were recognized by the STA community when they returned and each participant earned 24 service hours.