Christendom College is canceling classes on Friday, January 19, so that the entire student body, as well as members of the faculty and staff, can march with hundreds of thousands in the 45th annual March for Life, to be held in Washington, D.C.
The March for Life is held each year to commemorate the infamous U.S. Supreme Court decision decriminalizing abortion across all fifty states and enshrining the right to abortion as a Constitutional right. Christendom has been protesting this decision at the march since the college’s founding in 1977, proudly standing as one of the only colleges in the nation to annually cancel classes for the event.
Inspiring lawmakers and other attendees with their youth and pro-life spirit, Christendom’s student body has led the March for Life on four different occasions, in 1984, 1998, 2009, and 2012 — the only college to be given that honor on four different occasions.
Christendom’s students are active in pro-life causes throughout the year, with the student-run Shield of Roses group prayerfully protesting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area every Saturday morning. Two of the clinics protested at by Shield of Roses have closed in the past few years.