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A Student’s Reflections on the March for Life

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In a first, AMAC provided a donation to the Students for Life at the University of Idaho to attend the annual Right to Life March in Washington DC in January 2019. Below is an excerpt of the report that Zachary Spence sent to us after the March’s conclusion.

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This January, I had the opportunity to attend the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., and the Students for Life National Conference in nearby Maryland. It was an adventure of a lifetime. I am so glad I went. The trip was life changing.

We had a powerful rally with speakers such as Ben Shapiro and several leaders of Congress. Their words were inspiring. Shapiro declared at one point that he had heard it said that the pro-life community was out of touch with the culture. But what place does supporting life have in a culture of death? Vice President Pence attended our rally, marking one of the first times the second highest-ranking member of the U.S. lent physical support to our cause. He also brought with him a video message from President Trump who declared his support for the pro-life movement and vowed to veto any bill brought before him that is not life-affirming. 

In short, our movement has the President and Vice-President fighting beside us. Interestingly, our march was barely covered by any news agencies. Hundreds of thousands of people marched down the streets by the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court, and hardly anyone beyond the pro-life community heard about it. This was still inspiring for me. Perhaps some in the media and  our opponents are scared. So, let it be known, the pro-life movement is coming!

The National Conference of the Students for Life of America was also an amazing experience, especially the value placed on people. It has been said one of the mistakes most commonly made by pro-lifers is focusing on the personhood of the unborn but forgetting that the pro-choice person we are talking to is also a person. The speakers reminded us to acknowledge and honor the personhood of our opponents, not just the unborn. We seek to change minds, not alienate them. If we are going to argue all human life has worth, that includes those who do not agree with us. This was powerful, and humbling. 

I learned so much, too, about apologetics, about the power of showing the actual process of abortion to women, and about taking the stand and being the light in the darkness. The symbol of the Students for Life of America is a candle lighting another. My candle has been lit, and now I want to light the world.

None of this would have been possible without the support of AMAC, who kindly provided the funds to assist us in covering our plane tickets. I am proud to have been supported by such an organization. My fellow members of Students for Life at the University of Idaho proudly displayed our AMAC stickers throughout the conference. Without AMAC, we could not have attended this event. Thank you.

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John

There is no “compromise” on these issues with Democrat/prog/leftists. How do you compromise on euthanasia, killing children at 40 weeks (born or unborn), refusing children a mom and dad, etc.? They must be defeated psychologically and at the ballot box.

The Freezing Senior

DO YOU REMEMBER ?
Do you remember when the DEMOCRATS shouted down God at their presidential convention ?
Who was their candidate of choice ?
For those of you who answered Crooked Hillary, mother of Chelsea, congratulations you are correct.

Fr Michael

A group of us carpooled from Baltimore to the March. When we arrived at the New Carrollton Metro, a student asked me, “Are you an Orthodox priest?” since I was wearing my cassock and outer cassock. I pointed to Fr. Joshua who was getting his subway ticket and said “I’m a deacon. He’s the priest”. The four students joined our little group and we met up with the Orthodox group when we arrived at the Mall. We started with a prayer service led by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon. We had four other bishops in our group and several priests. We marched as a group. I had an opportunity to interact with both Orthodox and Catholic faithful. One Ukrainian priest was impressed when I read and commented on his hat. He did not expect me to be able to read Cyrillic. I told him that I serve in both English and… Read more »

Mona Smith

excellent organization, glad to see AMAC a supporter and donor

Andie

All Americans should recognize that every member of the human race is endowed by his creator with the right to LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If you don’t have the right to life, what good is your right to free speech/assembly/religion? How about any other rights recognized by (not granted by) the constitution? The entire state of NY now discriminates against a definable section of that human race, those who have not yet transitioned through the life event we call birth. Contrary to the US constitution, they do not have the right to life if that life is inconvenient to someone else. How has it turned around so much that the right to life has been superseded by someone’s “right” to kill another distinct human being?

Kendra

I’m very proud to be a member of AMAC because of their generosity to students such as Zachary and their support of LIFE!! Also a big thanks for all they do for all Americans! Life long and prosper☺!

Concerned

We, as the older generation, have an obligation to enlighten those in other generations, such as the millennial generation, that a heart beats in a fetus in the 6th week of pregnancy. further, by the end of the second term, many babies are already viable and would survive outside of the womb. At that point, why on earth should it still be the “woman’s choice” as to whether to end that child’s life? What gives anyone the right to decide that another human being has no rights; even the right to live? A woman still has rights to her own body – the right to abstain from sex, use contraception, the right to opt for adoption if she has not used contraception and doesn’t want to keep the results of that decision. But she certainly doesn’t have the right to decide to end an infants life in a later term… Read more »

Lori Sandock

Great read…this inspires a new outlook for this generation. Thank you!

Ron Brooks

With all this in mind, as a Christian, want to add some verses of Scripture:Jeremiah 1:5, which saith, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Isaiah saith this; “Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant, and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.” And Genesis 49:25 says: “Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by Thee Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breast, and of the womb.” And another one is this: I Samuel 1: 5 ; “But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he (Elhanah) loved Hannah; but the Lord… Read more »

Karen

Zachary is so articulate and appreciative of the opportunity to attend the March for Life and the Students for Life National Conference. It is imperative that our youth experience good people wanting the best for ALL people, especially those with no voice. Way to light your candle Zach, and thank you for being a light to others! Thank you AMAC for giving them the opportunity as well.