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March for Life participants offer joyful witness


ADELAIDE DARLING

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CNA
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Media/Opinion
Date:
1/25/2013

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ABSTRACTMarch for Life participants offer joyful witness :: 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 March for Life participants offer joyful witness By Adelaide Darling Pro-life marchers hold anti-abortion signs at the March for Life, Jan. 25, 2013. Credit: Addie Mena/CNA. Washington D.C., Jan 25, 2013 / 04:13 pm ( CNA/EWTN News ) .- Young participants at the 2013 March for Life voiced enthusiasm and hope as they stood up for the dignity of every human life, from conception to natural death. This year's march has “a lot of energy,” observed Tony Visintainer, a 23-year-old seminarian at Mount St. Mary's in Maryland. “I don’t know if it’s the 40th anniversary,” Visintainer told CNA, “but there’s a difference in the atmosphere.” He noted that the massive crowds were chanting and dancing in the streets. Hundreds of thousands of participants - mostly young people - braved freezing temperatures and snow to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 25. The annual march commemorates the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized abortion throughout the nation. Marchers listened to speakers at a rally on the National Mall before walking to the Supreme Court. Many carried signs voicing their support for life and prayed silently. Christy Guillory, a student at St. Emory Catholic High School in Louisiana was “very excited” to be at the march for the first time, despite the cold weather. “Snow’s a new thing for me,” she said, adding that the experience of being there with such huge pro-life crowds was “a lot to take in.” Guillory said that she came to the march this year in order “to give witness” to the lives of the unborn, echoing the sentiments of many other participants. Derek Smith of Chillicothe, Ohio, also came with his parish to the march in order to give witness. He explained that he had converted to the Catholic Church after his first March for Life four years ago. “Really, this is what made me decide to be Catholic,” Smith said, noting that one thing that changed his mind about the Church was “the power behind” the march, both in prayers and the dedication of the individuals who participated. Some women and men who attended march spoke out from experience about the pain that abortion left in their hearts and minds. Josephine Todd, 59, of St. Petersburg, Fla., had an abortion in 1980 before becoming pro-life. She explained that she came to the March for Life to “give my heart,” and stand up for what is right, showing “what I should have never done” and encouraging others to avoid her mistake. Attendance among college students was also high, with many schools sending record-breaking numbers of students to the nation's capital. Pro-life groups from several Ivy League schools gathered together for a group picture before the rally and lent their support to the march. Caroline Bazinet, a student at Princeton University, noted the similarities between the civil rights and pro-life movements. She explained that it is important to help people realize that the lives of millions of children have been lost by “standing in" for the missing members of her generation. Harvard University student Chrissy Rodriguez, age 20, said that she is confident in the ability of the pro-li.......