On Thursday, Jan. 24, 63 McNicholas students and 4 members of faculty will depart for Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual March for Life after an all school send-off.
Commemorating the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, the march is expected to attract over 500,000 participants as it enters its 40th year.
Students who have chosen to take part in this year’s march each have their own reasons for making the 8-hour trip to the nation’s capital. For sophomore Michelle Rowekamp, the Pro-life mentality runs in the family. “My mom and I are very pro-life, and we always have been.” Rowekamp said. “I want to do as much as I can to raise awareness for the pro-life cause.”
Sophomore Maggie Sheehan said, “Abortion is an issue I’ve always felt very strongly about and I feel so privileged to finally be able to go out and make a difference.”
The first official March for Life, held on Jan. 22, 1974, drew together 20,000 anti-abortion advocates from all across the country. In the years following, their influence continued to grow, reaching an all-time attendance high in 2012 with over 400,000 participants.
“It’s really nice to see so many people come together for such a great cause” junior Scott Frenzel said, “I love seeing all of those faces out there and knowing they’re all fighting for the same reason.”