In a few moments I’ll be heading down to D.C. for my seventh consecutive March for Life.
Each year it seems like something going on makes that year especially important, but with the HHS ruling of this week I think I really can say that this year’s seems even more important than all the other very important years I’ve been a part of.
Late tonight somewhere around 450 students will load onto 8 buses at Franciscan University and make the trek first to the Rally and Mass for Life at the Verizon Center. That’s hardly the entirety of Franciscan’s contingent—hundreds more drive down on their own to make a weekend of it, not to mention the alumni (we have more alumni in the DC area than anywhere but here in Steubenville and the surrounding area) and staff like myself.
And we all recognize first the importance of standing up for life, but this year the mandate from the Obama administration that sees fertility as a medical condition and pregnancy as tantamount to a tumor or parasite, the March is even more important.
This year, as in the past two years, I will be taking short videos on my iPhone of students from Franciscan University expressing why they are at the March and posting them to the University’s YouTube channel. Through the miracle of modern communications some of my videos may end up on EWTN, but all will be on YouTube.
Last year’s videos are in a playlist here, while the first three for this year—the prep work by our enthusiastic Students for Life, and a t-shirt presentation to University president Father Terry—are embedded “below the fold,” (click on “Continue Reading” to see them).
Anyhow, the weather report is calling for the warmest March I’ve been to—52 degrees—but also the wettest—supposed to rain most of the day.
Ah well, it’s worth it.