Letter to the Editor,
A slice of life from the 2015 March for Life
Cathi and Evan are first year college students attending Southern Desert State University (SDSU); they sacrificially saved to pursue their dream and one of the items on their bucket list, to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
The March for Life was held on January 22, 2015 and the theme was “Every Life is a Gift”.
The March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration on January 22, 1974, the first anniversary of the now infamous January 22, 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade which legalized abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy. The March for Life has rapidly grown to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since is an extraordinary witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, legalized abortion on demand.
Cathi and Evan were born in 1997 and legalized abortion had been the law of the land for 24 years. They have always felt blessed to have been born; that their mothers’ chose life for them and chose to bring them into this world. They knew that abortion was legalized the year before their mothers’ were born and their grandmothers’ also could have chosen legal abortion; the gift of life for two generations would have been lost. This demoralizing and devastating thought had a tremendous impact on both of them, and very early on in life they both decided to dedicate their life to being advocates of the pro-life movement.
Cathi and Evan, along with two of their friends, drove from Texas to Washington D.C. They attended the March for Life Rally at the National Mall and then proceeded in the March for Life; finally fulfilling their life’s dream. They were filled with the excitement and enthusiasm of being among the hundreds of thousands coming together to show their solidarity for the cause of life. From the National Mall they faithfully and fervently marched up Constitution Avenue to the United States Supreme Court Building on Capitol Hill.
After the March for Life they drove to Cathi’s cousin’s apartment. Cathi’s cousin and her husband work as law clerks for two Supreme Court Justices; Cathi’s cousin clerks for Antonin Scalia and her husband works for Samuel Alito.
Cathi and Evan had finally fulfilled their dream to participate in the March for Life and they will never forget this experience for as long as they live.
The March for Life continues forward . . .
Marian Casillas, Ed.D.