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33 Bishop Neumann High School students and 4 chaperones including, Fr. Rowan, Gery Kenney, Kelly Briley and Tracy Unger joined the Lincoln Diocese pilgrimage to Washington D.C. for the 46th annual March for Life. 268 pilgrims attended from around the diocese. The March for Life brings together pro-life Americans to march for the right to life and an end to abortion. The march is held on or around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision issued in 1973 by the United States Supreme Court decriminalizing abortion. This year’s event took place on January 18th.
Ben Shapiro, a popular conservative commentator, was the featured speaker. Shapiro discussed the value of life and emphasized that his arguments are based in science, rather than religion alone.
Vice President Pence, and his wife, Karen, also made a surprise appearance at the Friday rally with a video message from President Trump. Trump said in the message, “I will always defend the first right in our Declaration of Independence: the right to life.”
The 25 hour bus ride was grueling at times, but the students said it was all worth the long drive. Senior Halle Hiemstra said, “The greatest thing about the March is seeing all the inspired young people surrounding us as we witness to the dignity and sanctity of Life.” When asked why do they marched, sophomore Ryann Unger stated, “I want to be a voice for the voiceless. My mother shows me how much she loves me every day and I want every child to experience that kind of love.” Senior Noah Briley also said, “We want a change in our culture, because we are the pro-life generation!”
Campus Ministry would also like to thank the Knights of Columbus who so generously donate money to help with student costs each year. Gery Kenney, Campus Minister, stated, “The Knights are so generous each year and make it possible for more students to attend this important event. We truly appreciate all they do for our schools.”