In Anya’s Eyes: A Student’s View on the March For Life

In Anya’s Eyes: A Student’s View on the March For Life

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Editor's Note: It's been 41 years since the Supreme Court imposed abortion — to be clear, this means the killing of a baby until birth  — on the United States.

Most Americans have no idea that we stand in the lonely company of only nine countries in the world which permit such barbarity.

Four are in the non-Christian Orient: China, North Korea, Singapore and Vietnam.  Three are in post-Christian Northern Europe: the Netherlands, Sweden and Great Britain.

So, why the United States and Canada?  In the fever swamp of 1960s ‘counter-cultural' politics,  Roe V. Wade serves as a textbook example of how a small group of determined people can impose their will on an entire nation. (Other examples include Nazi Germany and Maoist China, but we digress.)

Back in 1973, nobody could have predicted the brave new world of 2014. More than 50 million lives have been snuffed out. Families are splintered, and in many cases, failing to form at all — poisoned by the immorality of a mass media that owes its soul to the porn business rapidly taking over legitimate Hollywood.

Young Americans are forced to inhabit this world, in all its base brutality. So it's probably not surprising that they are the ones who are flocking to the growing Marches for Life, insisting that their generation will end abortion.

Anya Proctor is a 20-year old college student who attended her first  March for Life on Washington D.C. this year. She rode the bus for nine hours from southern Georgia, Then, she marched in the freezing cold, deep inside the massive crowd of peaceful demonstrators.

On her bus ride back, in the middle of the night, Anya recorded her impressions for Regina Magazine.

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I WAS SO IMPRESSED with the grandeur of Washington D.C. I marveled at the Christian quotations inscribed in much of the architecture. It made me feel like what we were doing was really important and could be truly effective.

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GOOD COMPANY: At the March, I was in good company—and a lot of it. For so much of my life I’ve been around people who disregard and have disdain for my faith, discouraging me from having hope about my own future and the future of good in this world.

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FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT: So this huge, faithful, youthful crowd in Washington resonated in my soul. I realized that there are people who share my beliefs. Though Christianity and Catholicism are undermined and targeted, they are also strongly believed in and fought for by good, spiritual people.

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MASSIVE CROWD, MASSIVE HOPE: The people at the March for Life had massive hope. They spoke about keeping up the good fight.They spoke about the genocide of the unborn, the sin that it is, and the pain it causes to everyone. They spoke about the preciousness of every life endowed by God. And they spoke about the hope of redemption.

anya7I WAS SO ENCOURAGED TO HEAR THE PEOPLE WHO SPOKE TO US. They articulated a genuine belief that the end to abortion was attainable. They said that science has now proven that fetuses feel pain — and that the tide would turn as that realization spreads.

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LIVELY BUT RESPECTFUL: The march was lively but respectful. Not chaotic or hateful, but spirited with love. Groups from countless colleges, Catholic or otherwise, and seminarians and sisters. Tons of young people with signs: “We are the pro-life generation” and “We want a culture of life.”

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THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT IS NOT ONLY A CATHOLIC CAUSE, BUT A HUMAN ONE. The evil of abortion is a no-brainer. You don’t have to be a Christian to see it’s abhorrently wrong, and many people there spoke of ecumenism. Togetherness on this issue is a good thing, but I was struck by a distinctly Catholic group that prayed while it marched; it represented to me the power of the Church. Because it is divinely instructed and the truest sanctuary of Christ on earth, it emits a unique aura. When you see true representatives of Christ anywhere, you just know they’re special. Seeing them made me feel at home.

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AND THEY WERE FREE — FREE FROM THE JUDGMENT OF THE WORLD AND STRONG ENOUGH TO FIGHT FOR JUSTICE:  The Catholics, the youth, and the immensity of the crowds were inspiring. I know young people hunger for truth. Too many stray from the Church because they think it’s restrictive, but the truth is it sets you free. The presence of believers was substantial. And they were free—free from the judgment of the world and strong enough to fight for justice.

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GOOD DOES PREVAIL: Thousands and thousands of people demonstrated that good does prevail. They demonstrated it to the government, to the country, and to the world. Importantly for my own faith, they demonstrated it to me. In this world where so much is against Christ, they restored some hope for me as I realized that I shouldn’t be so discouraged, like I often am. Because I’m not alone. There’s still a lot of good in the world.

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WHAT THE MAN ON THE BUS SAID: As we drove back from Washington, on the Interstate and into the freezing cold night, a man on my bus said, “When all of all these people from all over the country don’t know each other at all, but come together like this to fight for what’s right—that’s uplifting.”
And he’s right.

WHEN ALL THESE PEOPLE COME TOGETHER TO FIGHT FOR WHAT'S RIGHT, THAT IS UPLIFTING: I was surprised to see so many teenagers and young adults proudly participating. I heard people say that this march had the biggest quantity of young people they’d ever seen.

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