Washington, D.C. was much too far for a group of Arizona elementary school students to travel for the March for Life, so the students created their own pro-life rally at their Catholic school instead.
The Catholic Sun reports that students ages 5 to 14 from the Most Holy Trinity School in Sunnyslope, Arizona, participated in the school’s first March for Life on Jan. 22. The students carried homemade pro-life signs as they sang and marched from the church to a hall across the street.
One sign had pink and blue hearts, hand prints and the Dr. Seuss quote, “A person’s a person no matter how small.” Seventh grader Cristian Garcia’s poster showed an unborn baby holding a cross inside a red heart forming the shape of the womb. He said he was praying for the millions of babies who have been aborted since Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973.
Another, made by sixth grader Bella Rabago, referenced the Virgin Mary and Jesus. It read, “Mary said yes, so follow in her footsteps and give a baby life and love.”
For Rabago, the sign and the rally had a very personal meaning. She said her mother was advised to abort her.
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“When I was in my mother’s womb, she went to the doctor who said, ‘It might be better if you have an abortion,’” she said. “I just want to give hope and happiness to the mothers that are thinking about that.”
Principal Maggie MacCleary said the students will continue to participate in pro-life activities throughout the school year, including “spiritually adopting” an unborn baby to pray for and hosting a baby shower to collect supplies for babies and moms in their community.
MacClearly said she hoped the students “have clarity in what their role in life is. It’s not theirs. It’s God’s.”
After the march, the students participated in an age-appropriate discussion about abortion and listened to an adoptive mother shared the story about her son. The report described the event as a scaled down version of the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Just like the Arizona march, the national March for Life is known for drawing huge crowds of young pro-lifers. It is common to see college and high school students carrying signs and chanting, “We are the pro-life generation” as they march down the streets of Washington, D.C. The enthusiasm of these young pro-lifers is something that even abortion activists have noticed. And polls confirm that young people are strongly pro-life.
It is encouraging to see newer and younger generations picking up and carrying on the fight to protect every human being’s right to life.