By Mary Nordick
The March for Life, an event that takes place every year on the anniversary of landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade, took place on Jan. 22 across the United States as thousands of people flocked to their respective state capitals in hopes of raising awareness of the pro-life cause.
A number of Saint Mary’s University students bundled up on the cold January day and went to Washington, D.C. to do their part in raising awareness. SMU student Lauren Salonek said “the March for Life was an amazing opportunity to come together with over 500,000 people to stand up for the dignity of life. It was absolutely freezing this year, but was worth it. The trip showed me how many inspiring people there are in this country who want to share their stories and stand up for the Pro-Life movement.”
among those of shared belief. SMU senior Alex Davis said “the March for Life was commonly referred to as an ‘anti-abortion protest’ in the newspapers and news networks. But the March cannot be compartmentalized simply as a protest. The march was centered on the sheer joy and respect for all human life, and that we are all called to affirm the dignity of the human person from conception to natural death.”
Citizens from all over Minnesota came to speak their beliefs and come together as a community. The demonstration was meant to be peaceful in nature but still be forceful enough to bring attention to the cause, and peaceful chants and signs helped people convey their beliefs, their voices acting as an instrument to draw attention to the issues at hand. Students were able to go to the capital and march among citizens as well as fellow students. The March is also meant to serve as a means to make friends