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Why we march for life

| Thursday, December 4, 2014

With the Annual March for Life registration closing this Friday, our team wanted to remind the student body why we march for life. Take a moment to think about this fact — there have been 56,993,299 abortions in the United States since the Roe vs. Wade Decision in 1973. That is roughly 57 million lives that, through no choice of their own, will never have the chance to enter this world. In order to put this number into perspective, 1,110,563 soldiers have sacrificed their lives out of honor, duty and patriotism for our country in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War — combined. The number of abortions that have occurred in the US is approximately 51 times this value. In the words of Mother Teresa, “The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.”

Our nation has been founded on the premise that each individual has the unalienable right of LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Life is the most basic right. All are entitled to it. This is what we strive to protect. Ultimately, abortion is by far the greatest injustice of our time. That is where it becomes our duty to shine light on this situation. Do not underestimate the impact that your voice can have. The media may turn a blind eye to it, but that does not mean millions of Americans are standing idly by.

Here at ND we thrive upon a culture of life and standing up for others. We believe that every human person has dignity and immeasurable value regardless of age, race or economic status. This upcoming January 22nd, each student will have an opportunity to peacefully march in honor of the innocent who have fallen victim to abortion and those in the future who will be given no choice. For only $35, you will join over 600 fellow Notre Dame peers and faculty on a trip to Washington, D.C. in order to march at the Annual March for Life. The University will extend excused absences for missed classes. Please sign up on studentshop.nd.edu or visit the Right to Life website for more information.

So gather a group of friends and join us in defending life this January. Be inspired by the hundreds of thousands of Americans who will be marching for life beside you. Take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate life, meet new friends and enjoy our nation’s capital. Although life may have no guarantees, abortion offers no chances. Don’t you think it is time for everyone to be given a chance?

Noreen Fischer

head commissioner, Notre Dame March for Life

Right to Life Club

Dec. 3rd

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  • Nathan

    While I share your general disgust about the loss of life from abortion, I can’t help feel most of the time that the most popular counter-efforts are misplaced. So much of the energy seems to focus on protesting the results of abortions rather than looking to eradicate the causes. If we could remove the elements that lead to abortions, it seems as though this would go a long way towards reducing the damage caused by them.

    • Brendan

      While this seems true at a legislative level, Notre Dame Right to Life and many groups around the country assist or operate Women’s Care Centers for pregnant women. This can help remove or lessen financial or familial pressure to abort a baby and make each woman feel loved. Are you referring to immediate issues like these, or long term issues like extreme poverty, rape, or a fear of being judged by society?

      • Nathan

        Mostly the economic issues actually. Did a little reading because I was in a protracted debate with a pro-choice friend of mine, and found that apparently 25% of people who have abortions performed cite economic factors as the primary concern.

        I guess my issue is that I don’t see a repeal of Roe v Wade any time soon, so the constant attempts to challenge it by state legislatures just seem like political stunts. I’d much rather politicians would re-rout their efforts to attacking the deeper causes of abortion than trying for flashy short term band-aids.

  • ND Senior

    The majority of women in the U.S. who obtain abortions live below or near the poverty line, and the abortion rate is increasing among poor women while it is decreasing among higher-income women. Highly restrictive abortion laws have been shown to be unassociated with lower abortion rates. If you want to reduce abortion, you should be marching for living wages, not marching to overturn Roe v. Wade. Legislation banning abortion will do nothing to target the causes of unwanted pregnancy, nothing to assist women that have been forced into motherhood with children they cannot adequately support, and nothing to help children born into bad circumstances.

    • NDaniels

      Poverty is not a justification for destroying a human life.

  • Bri O’Brien