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Praised Be Jesus Christ!

In just a couple of days I will be getting on a bus full of high schoolers to take a 24-hour bus ride to Washington D.C. for the March for Life. I have gone on the March every year for the last four years; it’s a long, tiring trip and the March itself is usually very cold and I almost always get sick on the way. So why do I bother going at all? Couldn’t I just stay at home and pray for the end of abortion from the comfort of my living room? Well, yes I can and do pray for the end of abortion regularly, but there is something to be said for the powerful witness of 650,000 people walking side-by-side holding signs and publicly praying for the end of abortion.

The March for Life began as a small group of protesters who gathered on January 22, 1974, the first anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, to ensure that that day would not pass without any observance of the tragedy of abortion. Since then, there have been well over 54 MILLION abortions in the United States and the March has grown to 650,000 Marchers, most of whom are under 24 years old. These young people recognize the devastation caused by abortion and are willing to take a stand to defend the defenseless.  The March is such an encouraging event for me because it is a visible witness of the fact that the younger generation is more pro-life than their parents, change is happening, and we are getting closer to ending abortion in this country than ever before.

Bishop Kemme also finds a lot of encouragement in the March for Life, and he strongly supports our efforts.  This year, in addition to once again personally attending the March, he has worked to ensure that there is a priest on each of the 9 buses leaving from our Diocese as a way of supporting the Marchers.

I realize that many of those who support abortion do so out of concern for the welfare of the many mothers who would otherwise be facing some very difficult situations which would only be exacerbated by the addition of an unplanned child. While abortion seems to provide a “quick fix” to a crisis pregnancy, the killing of an innocent child cannot ever be a solution and there will always be devastating long-term harm caused to the mother and to our society as a whole.  The concern for the welfare of women is legitimate and it should highlight the need for those of us who oppose abortion to become better at providing help and support to those women who seem to have no alternative to abortion. This week I humbly ask for your prayers for the safe travel of all the Marchers and for the end of abortion. But I also ask you to consider what you are doing to become part of the solution, what you are doing to assist those who seem to have no alternative and perhaps to take some action to do your part to end this tragedy in our nation today.

In Christ through Mary,

Fr. Curtis Hecker

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