What the Right to Life March Means to Me
We asked Ms. Scanlan to share a bit about her experiences at the Right to Life March and Mass. Here is her reflection.
In January 2013, I was a student teacher. It was my first week back in my placement after returning from winter break and it was going to be my first year not going to the March for Life in Washington D.C. in 6 years, due to my student teaching obligation. The night before, I was with friends who were going to be ushers at the University of Maryland Comcast Center’s Rally for Life, the second venue in addition to the Verizon Center’s Rally. I was sad that I was not going to be able to attend that year. Luckily for me, it was snowing the morning of the March for Life, and Prince George’s County Schools (PGCPS) decided to close two hours early. Once I heard the news that PGCPS was closing early, I started planning my trip into Washington D.C. for my voice to be represented at the March for Life. Many of my friends from the University of Maryland were already in Washington D.C. and waiting for the march to begin. I was able to get in touch with my friends and meet them downtown. The ability to attend the march was and is so meaningful to me, because it is inspiring to see thousands of people come together from all over the country, and even other countries, to our Nation’s capital in order for their voice to be heard.
At the beginning of the March, there are many people who have had abortions, or would have been fathers, that now wish that they had given life, and this overwhelms me at times. I can see the pain and regret that these people are suffering from, based on their facial expressions. As I join in with the march, I listen to the chants that various groups have created for the march, including “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Roe v. Wade has got to go.” There are also pictures along the way that illustrate what happens during an abortion, which tugs at my heart. As a Catholic, I believe that a baby is alive at conception, and I find it devastating that those babies will never know what spending time with family, going to school, going on vacation, reading a good book, etc. would be like, things that I enjoy doing. For me, attending the march provides me with an opportunity to give babies a voice, because some people believe that they do not get a voice. I am excited to take some of our 7th and 8th students to the Rally and March for Life this year and for their opportunity to see first-hand the pro-life community coming together for this cause.
“A person is a person no matter how small,” – Dr. Seuss
Krista Scanlan is a graduate of The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle, Bishop McNamara High School, and The University of Maryland. She teaches second grade at Saint Matthias and is active in the faith life of both the church and school.