Diocese's faithful hope to make their mark with 2020 Walk for Life

January 24, 2020 at 1:35 p.m.
Diocese's faithful hope to make their mark with 2020 Walk for Life
Diocese's faithful hope to make their mark with 2020 Walk for Life


"We are making history by standing up for what we believe in,” Abigail Ingram shared.

Ingram, 22, is among the hundreds of youth taking part Jan. 24 with other faithful from across the Diocese in the 2020 March for Life, which last year saw more than 10,000 pro-lifers gathered to make their voices heard as well as listen to a roster of speakers on the National Mall.

Her reflection speaks volumes about the reality of this 47th annual March, which has as its theme, “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.”

Photo Gallery: Diocese's faithful on March for Life

Photo Gallery: 47th Annual March for Life, Washington, D.C.

The March for Life Education and Defense Fund explained that the year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote. It was women suffragists, early pioneers of the feminist movement, who led the movement to pass the 19th amendment. Suffragist leaders like Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul understood that abortion ends a life and harms women. This history-making march by the pro-life movement reflects a belief that life is an empowering choice for women, babies and society.

Ingram, who is a member of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford, and a student in Rowan College at Burlington County, is hoping that education, as well as protest, will help to change people’s minds about abortion. “Abortion is murder and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Some people are just uneducated and don’t really know the process of what really happens. So maybe if people are educated, it will change their view on things.”

Like so many before her, Sophia Stack, a seventh-grade student in St. Mary Academy, Manahawkin, and a member of St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, understands that being part of something leads to understanding: “Although I am young, I still want to learn how I can make a difference in preventing abortion. This experience helps me understand something that I am most grateful for. I am adopted from Guatemala and my birth mother gave me up since she couldn’t provide enough for me. Even though she knew that, she wanted me to have a wonderful life even if it meant without her. I’m glad she chose adoption over abortion.”

For Jesse Lugo, a member of Freehold’s St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral youth group and student in Colts Neck High School, the March for Life is an opportunity to be actively involved. “I firmly believe that abortion is not a good thing. It must end, and that starts with everyone’s involvement. I’m looking forward to seeing the millions of people who wish to aid our cause.” 

Lugo’s mom, Beth McGovern, reflected, “This is my second year making the trip with my son, Jesse. I have wanted to go for so many years, it was time to stop putting it off. In talking and teaching my son about how important it is that we not give in or give up on an end to abortion, it was time for me to put my money where my mouth is and show that stopping our life and making this trip is necessary. Praying for an end to abortion is no longer enough.”

She continued, “Going to a march with several hundred thousand people gives you chills. You cannot come home from this the same. Staying away, not getting involved is no longer an option for me. It’s too important.”

Looking ahead, Ingram offered, “I am hoping that one day we have enough people going [to the march] and enough people to convince all representatives that [abortion] is wrong. I’m hoping one day we actually succeed and one day abortion will be illegal in all states.”

 


Related Stories

"We are making history by standing up for what we believe in,” Abigail Ingram shared.

Ingram, 22, is among the hundreds of youth taking part Jan. 24 with other faithful from across the Diocese in the 2020 March for Life, which last year saw more than 10,000 pro-lifers gathered to make their voices heard as well as listen to a roster of speakers on the National Mall.

Her reflection speaks volumes about the reality of this 47th annual March, which has as its theme, “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.”

Photo Gallery: Diocese's faithful on March for Life

Photo Gallery: 47th Annual March for Life, Washington, D.C.

The March for Life Education and Defense Fund explained that the year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees women the right to vote. It was women suffragists, early pioneers of the feminist movement, who led the movement to pass the 19th amendment. Suffragist leaders like Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul understood that abortion ends a life and harms women. This history-making march by the pro-life movement reflects a belief that life is an empowering choice for women, babies and society.

Ingram, who is a member of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish, Medford, and a student in Rowan College at Burlington County, is hoping that education, as well as protest, will help to change people’s minds about abortion. “Abortion is murder and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Some people are just uneducated and don’t really know the process of what really happens. So maybe if people are educated, it will change their view on things.”

Like so many before her, Sophia Stack, a seventh-grade student in St. Mary Academy, Manahawkin, and a member of St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, understands that being part of something leads to understanding: “Although I am young, I still want to learn how I can make a difference in preventing abortion. This experience helps me understand something that I am most grateful for. I am adopted from Guatemala and my birth mother gave me up since she couldn’t provide enough for me. Even though she knew that, she wanted me to have a wonderful life even if it meant without her. I’m glad she chose adoption over abortion.”

For Jesse Lugo, a member of Freehold’s St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral youth group and student in Colts Neck High School, the March for Life is an opportunity to be actively involved. “I firmly believe that abortion is not a good thing. It must end, and that starts with everyone’s involvement. I’m looking forward to seeing the millions of people who wish to aid our cause.” 

Lugo’s mom, Beth McGovern, reflected, “This is my second year making the trip with my son, Jesse. I have wanted to go for so many years, it was time to stop putting it off. In talking and teaching my son about how important it is that we not give in or give up on an end to abortion, it was time for me to put my money where my mouth is and show that stopping our life and making this trip is necessary. Praying for an end to abortion is no longer enough.”

She continued, “Going to a march with several hundred thousand people gives you chills. You cannot come home from this the same. Staying away, not getting involved is no longer an option for me. It’s too important.”

Looking ahead, Ingram offered, “I am hoping that one day we have enough people going [to the march] and enough people to convince all representatives that [abortion] is wrong. I’m hoping one day we actually succeed and one day abortion will be illegal in all states.”

 

Have a news tip? Email [email protected] or Call/Text 360-922-3092

e-Edition


e-edition

Sign up


for our email newsletters

Weekly Top Stories

Sign up to get our top stories delivered to your inbox every Sunday

Daily Updates & Breaking News Alerts

Sign up to get our daily updates and breaking news alerts delivered to your inbox daily

Latest Stories


Pope, in document on climate crisis, criticizes science 'deniers'
After warning the world against ignoring the cries of ...

Initial impressions of Pope Francis’ ‘Laudate Deum’
Our Holy Father Pope Francis has released his Apostolic Exhortation ...

Synod begins work with focus on Holy Spirit and listening
Pope Francis opened the work of the assembly of the Synod of Bishops asking...

UPDATED: Bishop, priests recognized for their ministry at annual dinner
Nearly 300 clergy, religious and guests joined Knights of Columbus from throughout the Diocese and state Sept. 28 for the annual Trenton Federation “Pride in Our Priests” dinner held in South Gate Manor, Freehold.

The Eucharist and Service: Giving to others what we have received
Of all the ways we can connect our hearts to our minds in our beautiful Catholic faith...


The Evangelist, 40 North Main Ave., Albany, NY, 12203-1422 | PHONE: 518-453-6688| FAX: 518-453-8448
© 2023 Trenton Monitor, All Rights Reserved.