I was sitting in one of my political science classes today with 250 other students at Florida State University when a professor brought up the March for Life that is happening in Washington D.C. today. He compared it to the Women’s March on Washington that occurred last week and stated that the Women’s March was on many issues while the March for Life is only on one: anti-abortion. I raised my hand and told him along with the rest of the class that a big misconception with the March and being Pro-life is that you are just anti-abortion, instead the March is also for the death penalty, human trafficking, poverty, etc. He then went to say “well yeah but I’m sure if you go most people there will be anti-abortion and republicans” to which I replied “that’s not necessarily true. The March is nonpartisan and I’m pretty sure everyone in here is against human trafficking *the class laughs* so no matter what your political affiliation is you have a reason to march”. The professor didn’t know how to respond. I don’t get to march in D.C. today for the Pro-Life movement but I did my part to spread the word. Afterwards so many people came up to me and told me they had no idea that being Pro-Life meant so much more than just anti-abortion. I figured I could continue to spread the word today to anyone who reads this.
Although the March for Life includes marching for unborn children, it also includes marching for every other right to life. That includes human trafficking, environmental issues, the death penalty, poverty, suicide, juvenile justice, euthanasia, and so many more Pro-ALL-Life issues. Being Pro-life is not a partisan stance. Not everyone who marches is a Democrat and not everyone who marches is a Republican. Everyone who marches wants respect for all life. Republicans advocate to limit abortions and Democrats advocate to remove the death penalty. I don’t think anyone reading this is in favor of human trafficking or suicide or poverty. Even if you are just marching for some of these issues, you are still Pro-Life.
My good friend Lisa posted a beautifully written Facebook post about the March that I wanted to share:
“Why we march:
Because we live in a society where suicide rates among teens are higher than ever. To those who no longer believe life is worth holding onto, there are hundreds of thousands in D.C. praying for you.
Because we live in a society where the elderly and ill can be “euthanized” as though their life in the midst of their sufferings has no meaning. To all the elderly, ill and infirm, there are hundreds of thousands in D.C. praying for you.
Because the state of our climate has become an issue affecting all life on earth. To those most severely affected and who lives are in danger, there are hundreds of thousands in D.C. praying for you.
Because poverty is still abundant in America, which threatens the lives of 46 million people in America today. To all those who don’t have their basic needs provided for, there are hundreds of thousands in D.C. praying for you.
Because refugees and immigrants still have to fight for their lives, even after they leave the country which threatened them. To all those who have no place to rest their heads, there are hundreds of thousands in D.C. praying for you.
Because human trafficking in America takes the lives of countless women and children, the majority of cases never being reported. (It is also the third largest criminal activity in the world.) To all those taken, there are hundreds of thousands in D.C. praying for you.
Because Jane Roe (from Roe vs. Wade) is now one of the biggest pro-life activists in America and even wrote a book titled Won by Love, describing her experience. To Jane Roe, there are hundreds of thousands in D.C. praying for you.
Because parents, especially mothers, are tempted to take the life of their child due poverty, pressure, fear or an infinite number of reasons, where abortion seems to be the only option. To all those facing an unplanned pregnancy, there are hundreds of thousands in D.C. praying for you.
Because there have been over 54 million abortions in America since Roe v. Wade. To all the unborn, there are hundreds of thousands in D.C. praying for you.
To all those in America whose lives are at risk for one reason or another, there are hundreds of thousands in D.C. praying for you.
We march because all life is sacred, all life comes from a God who thought each one of us into being and all life is worthy to be defended.
We march because we are alive.”
The Pro-Life movement is not there to take your rights away, it’s to give rights to every single human being who is forgotten, hated, or overlooked by society. Cherish every life, because no matter who you are, you only get one.