The University of Notre Dame’s Right to Life Club led the 2013 March for Life on Jan. 25 (Friday) in Washington, D.C., which this year observed the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
A group of Notre Dame students carried the large, white “March for Life” banner at the head of the march, which annually draws hundreds of thousands of participants to the nation’s capital.
Last year, Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., led some 350 Notre Dame students, faculty and staff who took part in the march, and this year Notre Dame’s was among the march’s largest contingents, with more than 600 students, faculty and staff registered to attend.
The Notre Dame Alumni Association and the Notre Dame Club of Washington hosted a “Notre Dame Reception for Life” for Notre Dame march participants at Smith & Wollensky, a Washington restaurant, on Thursday evening.
“The march brings together people from all over the country to rally for the protection of all human life, from conception until natural death, and to be a visible witness to the love and support for the most vulnerable,” said Jen Gallic, president of Notre Dame Right to Life. “It’s an amazing witness to the passion and sheer size of the pro-life movement, and it’s such an honor to be asked to lead all those dedicated to upholding the dignity of every life."
The Notre Dame Right to Life Club is dedicated to promoting and upholding the sanctity of all human life from the moment of conception through natural death. It does so through prayer, service, education and helping women through crisis pregnancies.