Taking part in the March for Life each year is not a pleasant experience. But it is a necessary one. On January 22, the thirtieth anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision of Roe v Wade in 1973, tens of thousands of Americans marched down Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC, with Christendom College’s entire student body among them.
Miss Nellie Gray, the organizer of the annual March for Life, wanted to do something different this year to commemorate the loss of the 40,000,000 babies who have been killed through legalized abortion in America since 1973. She wanted to add something to the usual program of events held both prior to and during the March, so she arranged to have small baby-sized coffins made to carry throughout the March for Life. In fact, she had 31 coffins and 31 signs signifying the years 1973 through 2003 and she selected Christendom students to carry these signs and coffins in the March.
According to Jennifer Coleman, a Junior from Wisconsin, it was an unusual experience walking through the Nation’s Capital carrying a coffin representing the 1,300,000 babies murdered during 2002. “I think that all of pro-death, pro-abortion America,” says Coleman, “needs to take a look at the numbers and realize that we’re legally killing off the future of this country. Every year, a million and a half human beings, created by God to be saints in His Kingdom of Heaven, are slaughtered. And for what? Selfishness, greed, pride. As a young woman in today’s culture of death, as the Holy Father has named it, I think that it is my duty to show people that being pro-life does not demean my femininity or womanhood, rather, it enhances it.”