KENDALL — Not everybody who supports a cause can easily explain how
they arrived at their convictions. However, no such problem exists for
Aaron or Ben Serbicki, who quickly responded when asked why they oppose
“Just because the government allows it, doesn’t mean it’s OK,”
stated Aaron, 17.
But shouldn’t a woman have the right to seek an abortion, because
it’s her body and therefore a private matter? “I could say I’m going to
murder somebody but that’s just between me and that person. So that’s
OK?” Aaron asked rhetorically.
Ben, 15, said he’s perplexed by people — especially medical experts
— who argue an embryo does not constitute a human life. “I don’t think
it should be in the scientist’s hands … I don’t think they have the
right to kill somebody. People can be so dense,” he said, adding that
it’s a simple fact to pro-lifers that an embryo is a human.
Aaron and Ben are homeschooled, but they don’t keep their views at
home. They and their father, Jeffrey, attended the annual March for
Life this past January in Washington, D.C. Traveling with a group from
the Diocese of Rochester, the Serbickis joined in with tens of
thousands of fellow demonstrators from across North America. This
year’s March for Life was especially meaningful because it marked the
30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court
case in which abortion was legalized in the United States. The march
has taken place every year in hopes of getting Roe v. Wade
Being among so many demonstrators reassured Aaron that he’s far from
alone in his views on this highly controversial topic. “It is
encouraging — all the way down the mall, there’s this solid mass of
people all with the same idea,” he said.
Aaron and Ben said they were pleased at the large turnout of youths.
“I didn’t think that young people were that into it,” Aaron said,
noting that other pro-life events he had attended drew nearly all
The March for Life is a growing family affair for the Serbickis.
Aaron has been to the last two marches with his dad, while Ben was a
first-time participant this year. At the most recent march they briefly
met up with their oldest sibling, 19-year-old Dan, who came to
Washington with a group from his college, the Franciscan University of
Steubenville. In addition, the youngest Serbicki children — Elisabeth,
12, and Rachel, 10 — said they, too, hope to journey to the March for
Life when they get a bit older.
Speaking of traveling, the three Serbicki boys and their mother,
Darlene, also went to Toronto in July 2002 where Pope John Paul II
presided at World Youth Day. Aaron and Ben said they got a glance of
the pontiff, though it was from a distance and through a wave of
hundreds of thousands of people. “You could see him by jumping up and
down,” Ben said.
Aaron and Ben said they’re aware of the pope’s strong stances on
pro-life causes, as well as his special focus on youth. “He’s always
really liked young people. When he was a parish priest he used to take
young people hiking,” Aaron said of the Holy Father, who on Oct. 16 was
due to observe the 25th anniversary of his election as pope.
Pope John Paul, though plagued by health problems, is a shining
example of why people should respect life at all ages, Darlene Serbicki
added. “There’s dignity and value in life at both ends,” she said.
The Serbickis reside on a small farm in eastern Orleans County, near
the Monroe County line. The children are homeschooled by their mother,
and the family attends Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in
Brockport. Aaron, an altar server at Nativity, was among the
approximately 700 high-school seniors due to receive the diocesan Hands
of Christ award this month for outstanding service.
Despite their serene rural environment most of the year, Aaron and
Ben said they’re anxious to once again join the crowds at the March for
Life in hopes of reversing the abortion law.
“It just helps you to know you’re doing something besides just
praying for it. You’re telling the government they can’t ignore it and
have it go away, that there are definitely people out there who want
abortion to stop,” Ben said.