To the editor:
Having participated in the annual March for Life in Washington for over 20 years, it is now most encouraging to see a dramatic increase in the number of youth attending. Thousands of Catholic high school and college students from across the United States have been coming to the event in recent years. Many travel on buses up to 24 hours and sleep on the floor at the Immaculate Conception Basilica. Their tremendous enthusiasm, compassion and sincerity have become a powerful witness in defending the sacredness of human life.
On January 23 thousands of youth peacefully processed through the streets of our nation’s capital. Pennsylvania Avenue looked more like the main aisle of a cathedral, with many praying the rosary and singing religious hymns. It was an incredible day to be a Catholic.
Over 100,000 people passed by the Supreme Court Building. The majority were Catholic youth who challenged the pro-abortion establishment. They carried signs that cut through the politics and rhetoric of the dark, multi-million dollar abortion industry. Some signs proclaimed: “She’s/He’s a Child, Not a Choice!”, “Unborn Babies Have No Rights”, “If It’s Not a Baby, You’re Not Pregnant!” and “Human Life Is a Sacred Gift from God”. One girl even traveled from California to simply be a voice for defenseless unborn babies.
None of these youth were even alive in 1973 when the controversial Roe vs. Wade Decision legalized abortion. The ruling has resulted in over 45 million abortions being performed for any or no reason, along with countless women being emotionally scarred. These youth who could have also been aborted are simply not buying today’s widespread onslaught against human life.
With the emergence of this new generation and the nominations of Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito, there is real hope that America will once again become a nation with liberty and justice for all — both born and unborn.