Iowans for LIFE is taking about 150 people on three buses to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life.
On Jan. 22, 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court made abortion legal throughout the United States through its decision in Roe v Wade. Each year since then, a peaceful demonstration calling for the protection of life is held on the anniversary date.
This year, the march will be Jan. 27, five days after the anniversary date, due to the presidential inauguration.
Lauren Cornelius, of St. Albert School in Council Bluffs, will be going for the first time to see what her friends experienced when they went.
“I wanted to go because I am pro-life and I want to march for what I believe in,” she said.
“I hope my presence at the march will change at least one person's mind about abortion when they see how many people are at the march and standing up for the lives of people who aren't even born yet,” she said.
Fellow student Caitlin Shugart said she wanted to go not only because it’s her senior year, but because she’s experiencing a growth in her faith life.
“I’ve really started to discover what it means to be Catholic, and to have that faith,” she said.
“I hope that being at the march will show that abortion isn’t just a political issue, that people of all ages from all places are fighting to give a voice to those who do not have one,” she added. “here are plenty of youth in America that share my belief and that will go on this march, and I think it’s extremely important for people to see how unifying and important this issue is to youth as well.”
Cornelius and Shugart will join mostly youth mixed with some adult chaperones, families and individuals on the buses, a trip organized by Iowans for LIFE for the past 35 years.
The March for Life, and all events and activities at IFL, are aimed toward three goals:
- Prayer. The pilgrims will pray to Washington, D.C. and back.
- Education. In between prayer, there is literature to read, pro-life movies to watch and opportunities for discussion.
- Action. Those who attend are encouraged to take what they learned and witnessed back to their schools, churches and communities and so something.
“Everyone has a piece in the puzzle and everyone must do their part to help create a culture of life,” said Maggie DeWitte, executive director of IFL. “We hope the march is a springboard for more things to come within that person’s life, family and community.”