Student and faculty representatives of Archbishop Williams High School’s Campus Ministry program traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual March for Life on January 19. The March is the the world’s largest pro-life event.
“It was very interesting to be in such a large crowd of over 100,000 people,” said junior Luan Nguyen, “and It was pretty cool to march to Capitol Hill.”
Nguyen was particularly impressed with a speech by the U.S. Representative from Washington State, Jaime Herrera Beutler, who was told by doctors during her pregnancy to have an abortion because her child would not survive her severe physical problems.The doctors, it turned out, were wrong, and her daughter, Abigail, now four years old, was at her side.
“It was a very emotional speech from a congresswoman about her daughter,” Nguyen said. “I’ve never really thought about it so much before, but now I really have to take the time to do that. I think that the March for Life changed my perspective, and I think other students might change their perspectives about abortion if they attended the March too.”
The March from the Mall to the steps of the Supreme Court was held in recognition of the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion in the United States.
“I think it is important for the kids to get together with other people from across the country to rally for what they believe in, to see that this is a national cause and something bigger than themselves,” said the school’s Director of Campus Ministry, David Gilpin, who led the trip with Campus Minister, James Leonard.
During the trip, the group participated in the celebration of the Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Catholic Church in North America.
“Celebrating Mass at the Basilica with thousands of pilgrims from all over the country was a highlight of the trip for me,” said Leonard. During a lighter moment, the students had their pictures taken at the Basilica with a life-size poster of Pope Francis, and later visited historical sites such as the Lincoln Memorial.