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Strong college presence expected at March for Life


MICHELLE BAUMAN

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CNA
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Media/Opinion
Date:
1/24/2013

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ABSTRACTStrong college presence expected at March for Life :: Catholic News Agency (CNA) Editors Service About us Donate Spanish Portuguese Follow us: Loading News Headlines Vatican Americas Asia - Pacific US Europe Middle East - Africa Most Read Most Commented Archive Mandate Resources Abortion Advent Apologetics Benedict XVI Bible Cardinals Catechism Catholic Links Catholic Womanhood Church Fathers Holy Week Life & Family Liturgical Calendar Liturgy Mary Politics Prayers Sacraments Saints Virtue Tools Catholic Podcast RSS Feeds CNA TV CNA Audio Columns A Life Worth Living Answering the Tough Questions Bishops' Corner Book Reviews Both Oars In Catholic & Single Catholic Men Guest Columnist Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II In Good Company Indispensable Economics Inside the Church during WWII Led Into the Truth Movie Reviews Preparing the way for the Roman Missal – 3rd Edition The New (& the Old) Evangelization The Spirit of the New Translation The Way of Beauty With Good Reason Your Moment in the Mass Documents Pope Benedict XVI Pope John Paul II Pope Paul VI Pope John XXIII Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XI Pope Pius X Pope Leo XIII Vatican II Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith Pontifical Council for the Family United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Cardinal James Francis Stafford Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Bishop Samuel J. Aquila Catholic Womanhood Home » News » US Strong college presence expected at March for Life By Michelle Bauman Young people participate in Washington, D.C.'s March for Life in Jan., 2012. Credit: Michelle Bauman/CNA. Washington D.C., Jan 24, 2013 / 05:02 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ) .- Catholic colleges and universities will be well-represented at this year’s March for Life, according to announcements by pro-life campus groups across the country. “When you see thousands of pro-life youth flooding stadiums, churches, and streets of Washington, D.C., it gives you hope,” said Grace Daigler, vice president of Franciscan University of  Steubenville’s Students for Life organization. Located in Ohio, the university will be sending some 800 students to the 2013 March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 25. “More than ever before it is important for Americans to see that those committed to life are not discouraged or demoralized in the fight for life,” said university president Father Terence Henry, TOR, in a statement. Franciscan University will cancel its classes on the day of the march, along with Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., which will be sending its entire student body to participate in the event. Charter buses will transport more than 400 people from Christendom’s campus to the nation’s capital. The college community has attended the march together every year since the school’s founding 35 years ago. The March for Life – now in its 40th year – marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout the country. While the annual march is usually held on Jan. 22, marking the date of the 1973 ruling, it was moved this year to Jan. 25 due to the presidential inauguration on Jan. 21. Several colleges have confirmed that they are sending record-breaking groups to attend what some have speculated may be the biggest March for Life in the nation’s history. Nearly one in five students from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., will be attending the March for Life this year. Seven buses carrying almost 400 students departed from the college on Jan. 23 for a 30-hour bus ride to Washington, D.C. Abbot James Albers, OSB, from St. Benedict’s Abbey, said that the college’s attendance has grown exponentially from when he was a student in the early 1990s, when no more than a few dozen students would attend. Benedictine student Michael Green, march coordinator for the school’s Respect Life group, explained that the national event is part of the pro-life organization’s “important mission.”   “We don’t go just because it’s some fun trip with our friends,” he said. “We go to show the leaders of our country what we stand for; that is, the dignity of all people from conception to natural death.” A group of about 60 students from the University of Notre Dame’s Right to Life club will lead the 2013 march, and the school is expecting one of its largest turnouts. According to a statement released by the university, some 350 students, faculty and staff attended last year’s march. This year, more than 600 people from the school have registered to attend. Jen Gallic, president of Notre Dame Right to Life, described the march as “a visible witness to the love and support for the most vulnerable.” “It’s an amazing witness to the passion and sheer size of the pro-life movement, and it’s such an honor to be asked to lead all thos.......