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47 Years: A Vincentian Reflects on Attending March for Life

On January 24, Fr. Michael Shea, CM, a Vincentian Priest of the Eastern Province, attended the March for Life in Washington D.C.  Below is his reflection. 

By Fr. Michael Shea, CM

For the last 47 years there has been an all-out battle between the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice communities over the sanctity of human life.  On Friday, January 24, 2020, the Pro-Life community made a strong and significant statement with a nationally organized March for Life that took place in Washington, D.C.

Ford Fischer, an independent video taper for News2Share, estimated that there were one hundred thousand marchers.  In previous marches the number of attendees was significant, but the marchers had some personal space to walk. However, on the 47th March for Life, the individual marchers had little to no personal space.  It was as if they were riding on a packed subway during rush hour. Not only was the size of the crowd significant, but the presence of young adults (high school and college students), who identified themselves as the Pro Life Generation, was very evident.

As I mentioned, for 47 years there has been an all-out battle between the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice communities over the sanctity of life. Who is going to win this battle?  God, the author of all human life, will win. For 47 years Pro-Life advocates have asked God and Mary to intercede for them in this matter.  Consequently, for 47 years the percentage of people who respect the sanctity of life has progressively increased.

Eventually the Roe v Wade Amendment will be repealed. God will win. In the meantime my hope is that the Pro-Life community will have so much respect and appreciation for God’s gift of life that they will flat out refuse to be out-worked by their Pro-Choice counterparts in defending the sanctity of life in our time.

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