Jan 26, 2010

Liberty students protest abortion in D.C.

by Cat Hewett

Four buses of Liberty students traveled to the nation’s capital Friday for the March for Life on the 37th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Roe v. Wade court case.

The new Liberty chapter of the Students for Life (LSL) of America organization, also known as the Reclaiming Others Sacred Existence (ROSE) club, sponsored the four buses that made the trip to Washington, D.C., so that Liberty students could participate in the annual pro-life march.

“This outrage has plagued our country from before I was born,” President of LSL Sean Maguire said. “I do not want my children born into the same environment, and for that reason I stand with those who oppose abortion and declare, ‘Abolish Abortion Now.’”
Maguire said that over 100 Liberty students joined with 500,000 other protestors to march against the legality of abortion and the use of taxpayers dollars to fund abortions.

“This year there was a big emphasis on the health care bill,” Katie Jennings, membership coordinator for SLS said. “There were a lot of signs saying ‘Abortion isn’t Health Care.’”

The March for Life started on 7th Street at the National Mall, where several congressmen spoke, according to the Washington Post.

In addition to speeches from the congressmen and physicians, Sounds of Liberty performed during the two hour pre-march rally. The march then began in front of the Federal Trade building on Constitution Avenue, continued east past the Capitol building and ended in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building.

“I like seeing the signs people bring,” Jennings said. “There were small kids holding signs that said stuff like, ‘I’m glad my mommy wasn’t pro-choice’ and others with the line from ‘Horton Hears a Who’ that said, ‘A person is a person, no matter how small.’ There was one man who had a sign that said, ‘I was pro-choice. I was wrong.’”

Maguire said that the vast majority of people in attendance were Catholic, Jewish or secularist.

“The Evangelical Christian community has been a pitiful group when it comes to this,” Maguire said. “The students from Liberty were in a minority as we spoke up for the defenseless.”

Maguire and two other LSL members attended a conference hosted by Students for Life of America at the Catholic University of America.

“The conference provided us with tips and strategies for on campus activities, encouragement in the fight and resources to use,” Maguire said. “There were booths and tables through the conference halls, and almost all of them were Catholic, and a few were non-religious, such as the booth from ‘Feminists for Life’ and ‘Secularists for Life.’ These groups are involved and active, even though they do not know Christ and his love. What excuse do we as Liberty students have for not taking a stand for life?”
For more information about upcoming events, meetings or ministry opportunities with LSL, contact Maguire at stmaguire@liberty.edu or Jennings at kejennings@liberty.edu. Students can also find LSL on Facebook.

Contact Cat Hewett at
cahewett@liberty.edu.


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