As a Catholic school, Marian upholds a strong Pro-Life tradition. It is incorporated in the classroom, prayers and everyday conversation. However, there was no Pro-Life club this year.
“We used to have a Pro-Life club a few years ago, but it never really took off, and I was so busy coaching swimming that I did not have time to keep up with it,” history teacher and former moderator Mr. David Anderson said. “We used to go down to Bellevue and pray at the abortion clinic down there, as well as hold prayer services at Marian.”
There is some talk of starting a club next year. Some students have talked to English teacher Mrs. Amy Bauman about being the moderator.
“We are still in the process of getting the club set up with Ms. Mo, but Mr. Anderson and I hope to have the club ready by next year,” Bauman said.
In a survey of Marian students with 257 responses, 99 students said that they would be interested in joining a Pro-Life club, and 74 said that they would be interested in attending the March for Life — a Pro-Life march held in Washington D.C. every year since Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion.
This year, seniors Lily Foley and Shania McAmis attended the March on Jan. 27, despite the fact that Marian did not send a group down, while many other high schools did. They instead went down with their individual parishes on the Archdiocesan pilgrimage. To read more about their experience, click here.
Some girls said that they would have even gone this year, had Marian sent a group down. “I definitely would have attended the March for Life if Marian would have had a group, and I would go if they provided the opportunity,” junior Delaney Stekr said.
Other girls agreed, concluding that it would be great to go down with their sisters. “I would have loved to go to the March for Life, and if Marian went in the future I would for sure go,” junior Megan Rutten said. “The reason I didn’t go this year was because I didn’t want to go alone, but if Marian girls were to go, I would love to share such an amazing experience with some amazing girls.”
Others are hopeful that the opportunity will present itself in upcoming years.
“I would have loved to go to the March for Life this year and would definitely go in the future if a trip was organized, because it is such a powerful event in history,” sophomore Jolie Peal said.
Regardless, students have still found a way to incorporate their Pro-Life beliefs into their everyday lives, because it is important to them.
“I strongly believe that abortion should no longer exist. I feel that everyone has the right to life, whether in the womb or here on earth, no matter the circumstances,” freshman Madison Tomich said. “I feel there needs to be more awareness of this awful case [Roe vs. Wade] and more education about it to make people aware that taking a life is not the answer.”