Students from Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando and Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary attend the March for Life in Washington D.C., Jan. 19. (LUKE GULDE)

Local teens among thousands of youths who marched for life

Washington, D.C.  |  Standing in the U.S. Capitol building, 20 students from Bishop Moore Catholic High School joined teens and young adults as they stood for truth, freedom, and empowerment for those whose voices are being silenced.

On Jan. 18, the group celebrated Mass with 18,000 other teens before starting the March for Life. Then the students marched from the National Mall to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sixty million lives have been taken since the 1973 decision of Roe v. Wade. These innocent victims were honored with every footstep of the march.

Anna B., 19, used her voice “to speak up for those who can’t.” She cheered loudly as Uju Ekeocha, founder and president of Culture of Life Africa, explained how pro-life is pro-science.

“The science has proved it. Life begins at conception and every person is unique from that moment on,” Ekeocha said. “Until we abolish abortion, we will never truly be free. The culture tells us that to be free, we need abortion, but freedom cannot come by taking the lives of others, which history has proven over and over again.”

The local teens were joined by high school leaders, Father Benjamin Lenhertz from Holy Family Parish, and Sisters Kristi Bergman, Rachel Gosda, and Maria Teresa Acosta from the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Caroline R. has participated in two marches for life in less than a week. Before she participated in the national march, she joined a group of 50 Bishop Moore students to the annual March for Life in St. Augustine Jan. 12.

“I decided to do both because I want to stand up for the innocent children who don’t get a chance to live their life,” she said. “As an adopted child myself, I feel as though I have a deep connection to the speakers and fellow marchers and a great responsibility to share the beauty of adoption since it was such a blessing for me.”

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, thanked the youth for joining together in prayer for the legal protection of the unborn.

“It is our challenge to respect every human life as more than just a statistic, but as an individual, unique, and precious gift worth protecting,” he said.

“I know our efforts weren’t in vain,” said Sara K. “I just hope the country is listening.”