March for Life
The National March for Life
The Rev. Caleb and Alane Evans - Holy Trinity Syraucse, New York
Last month, we made the decision to take our family of four on the seven hour drive to Washington, D.C., in order to participate in the 45th annual March for Life. It was quite the journey, with small children, but we are so glad that we did it!
This was our first time attending the march, and we were blown away, both by the number of marchers, and also by the overwhelmingly positive energy. From our place in the crowd, we could hear prayers in multiple languages, and chants about loving babies. We also kept receiving encouragement for bringing our little girls to the event.
It was striking to see the ideological diversity represented by our fellow marchers. We saw signs for Secular Pro-Life, Democrats for Life, and Christian groups of many denominations. More than anything, we saw young people, thousands of young people. The Students for Life movement is huge, and it has equally enormous energy.
In fact, of all the speakers we heard at the Anglicans for Life Summit, held on the day prior to the March, 17-year-old Autumn Lindsey made the most powerful impact on us. She found herself thrown into the pro-life movement on a national scale after posting a YouTube response to Teen Vogue’s article “What to Get a Friend Post-Abortion.” It seems that Autumn’s enthusiasm for defending life is not uncommon in her peer group, and it was very encouraging to hear her say that she truly believes that her generation will be the generation to eradicate abortion.
Now that we’ve returned home, our challenge is to make a meaningful and tangible contribution to the cause of life, and to cultivate a deep love for life within our community. Our parish has been in prayer about how we might do so, intentionally, and we covet your prayers for this ministry.