Students and their chaperones from high schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids as well as diocesan seminarians attending University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary joined tens of thousands from around the country in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20 for the national March for Life to end abortion and witness to the beauty and dignity of human life. The annual March for Life, now in its 50th year, began in 1973 to protest the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

The 2023 March is the first since the Supreme Court’s June 24, 2022 ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case which overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion in the United States.

These students and adults are part of a pro-life movement committed to bringing about an end to abortion, supporting moms and children, and to protecting and defending human life from conception through natural death.

“Marching with thousands of other people from all over the United States helps remind me that even if it doesn’t seem like it, there are hundreds of thousands of people who are pro-life just like me,” said West Catholic High School senior Renee St. Andre.

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March for Life 2023

Read more:

March for Life 2023 (West Catholic High School, Jan. 23, 2023)

At Annual March, Pro-Life Activists Praise Dobbs Decision, Vow to Continue Efforts to Stop Abortion (The Tablet, Jan. 20, 2023)

Opportunities in January/February to pray for, promote a culture of life