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Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.  Jeremiah 1:5

To defend the unborn, to protest unjust legislation, and to grow in unity for the cause of life, pro-life marchers gathered in Washington Wednesday, January 22nd, the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade US Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion in the United States in 1973.

While the East Coast snow storm on Tuesday forced a number of groups to cancel, and the day was perhaps one of the coldest of the year (with windchill giving the feel of -2°F), the National Mall and the road to the Supreme Court was filled with marchers from schools, universities, and parishes from around the country.

Our Religious Family of the Incarnate Word (IVE) group began the night before the March with dinner and a prayer vigil with Adoration and the opportunity for confession.

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On the morning of the March we gathered again at the IVE Seminary for breakfast, some youth group games, a study group session using the Jerome Lejeune Foundation‘s “Student’s Guide to Bioethics”, and the Holy Rosary and Mass.

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Fortified with the Eucharist, the prayers of Our Lady, and the knowledge of the biological truth of life from conception, our groups took buses, vans and public transportation to reach the National Mall.

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Loving the unborn is a joyful thing, and the youth of the Pro-Life Movement included lots of cheers, songs, and percussion from our seminary’s unofficial “pro-life marching band”!

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We also prayed the Rosary as a +200 group passing the West Wing of the National Gallery towards the Capitol Building.

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Finally, at the Supreme Court itself, we could pray, cheer, and conclude with the Salve Regina, asking Our Lady to give courage and wisdom to our legislators in favor of the human rights of all Americans, even the most marginalized and defenseless, the Unborn.  See our Catholic Culture web-article Promoting a Culture of Life for resource for Pro-life activism throughout the year.

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