College students march for pro-life movement

By Meghan Hurley
February 1, 2007

This past weekend, Cabrini students marched through the nation’s capital in the 31st March for Life in support of the pro-life movement. Cavaliers for Life, the pro-life club on campus, organized the trip. Students braved the cold weather to join thousands of others in this annual protest.

“On one hand, marching in freezing cold weather ironically gives me a greater appreciation for life and determination to cease the unnecessary ridding of it,” Bridget Flynn, a sophomore elementary and special education and Spanish major and treasurer of the club, said. “And it gives me hope that if that many other people feel the same, then we are on the right track.”

The march took place Monday, Jan. 22 in Washington, D.C. It started on the Mall and demonstrators made their way to the Supreme Court. The march is sponsored by March for Life, a nonprofit organization dedicated to remember and nonviolently protest the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion.

Danielle Murphy, a sophomore sociology, psychology and religious studies major and president of the club, attended the march and the Students for Life America Conference. The conference took place the weekend before the march and featured a variety of speakers from different religious backgrounds speaking on topics such as bio-ethics and euthanasia. Speakers included Terri Schiavo’s brother, Bobby Schindler.

“Everyone deserves their right to life, and it’s important for those with a voice to defend the life of the silent, and to remind those who have forgotten that every life means so much,” Murphy said.

Sophomores Kristie Bergen, a psychology major and Andrew Pillar, a social work major, also attended the protest. They went with delegations from St. Katherine of Sienna church in Wayne, Pa. and Villanova University.

“I’ve gone since freshman year in high school and what you see in the news, it’s 10 times more,” Pillar said. “There’s no walking’s huge.”

Cavaliers for Life was started on campus two years ago by Kristen Sanchez, a senior education major. Sanchez attended the conference but not the march this year.

“If you’re going to work for a cause the more you know the better,” Sanchez said. “In addition, it can become discouraging in this movement and the speakers encourage me to keep working to change hearts. I am reminded that I’m not alone in this.”

Students have been attending the march since the founding of the club. The purpose of the club is to educate and promote the pro-life movement in all its elements, including but not limited to, bio-ethics, death penalty, euthanasia, abortion and infanticide.

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