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 | Brittany DeHaan

Local Pro-Life Advocates Will Travel to D.C.

Representatives from the Diocese of St. Petersburg will be attending the National March for Life on January 19. Melissa Mulson, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese has organized a pilgrimage with 150 participants, include seven youth groups from local parishes.

The National March for Life takes place in Washington, D.C. each year to support legislative efforts to put an end to abortion. The theme for this year is “Pro-Life: With Every Woman, for Every Child.”

In June of 2022, the Supreme Court reversed the 1973 Roe v. Wade case which means that it has been declared that the constitutional right to an abortion no longer exists.

“The March for Life will be unique this year because of this constitutional change. There has been more of a shift to the local level now so I’m curious to see what the March looks like this year,” said Dr. Armando Chavarria, Executive Director of Missionary Discipleship and representative for the Office of Life, Justice, and Advocacy.

“I hope to have conversations with the leadership and other attendees there to get a feel for how people are responding to the change. We want to continue to encourage those that want to go but last year organizers began to reach out to the states and dioceses asking what can be done at the local level because that’s where our fight is. This is likely the last year we will organize a trip to the national March,” Dr. Chavarria continued.

Having abortion deemed unconstitutional is a huge step in the right direction for the sanctity of life in America, but our work is not done. Marches and advocacy both at the national and local level are key to spreading awareness and advocacy for the truth that life is valuable from conception to natural death.

Please join us in praying for the safety of all participants at the National March for Life and for the protection of life from conception to natural death.