Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Commission of the Week: March for Life

This semester, ND Right to Life will be featuring one of our commissions on our blog each week.  Our hope is to introduce students to the wide range of activities our club is involved in, and to connect people with commissions specific to their interests.  Right to Life has 16 commissions which coordinate various service projects, events, and activities.  This week, we highlight the March for Life commission.

This year, Notre Dame had 590 students registered to attend the March for Life in Washington D.C.  The group experienced a difficult setback when the second round of buses was unable to make the trip due to weather, but despite the snow 320 Notre Dame students made the trip to Washington, D.C. to march for their beliefs.  The students were also joined by staff, faculty, and alumni, including University President Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C.  To read more about the experience, check out articles published in The Observer and The Irish Rover, or a reflection by this year's March coordinator Jen Gallic.

When asked why they marched, student responses were numerous and varied:

"We're here to protect the human dignity of all persons from conception to natural death."

"Every life matters, and we want to spread the word."

"I'm here for the respect of fatherhood."

"We want to stand up for the most vulnerable citizens in our society!"

"I just really want our nation to hear our voices and know that it's an important issue that should be discussed."

"I'm here in the celebration of life"

"This is the land of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but how can you do any of that if you can't have the right to live your own life?"

We would like to thank Jen Gallic, the coordinator of this year's March, as well as the rest of the March team: Megan Ball, Noreen Fischer, and Will Harris.  If you are interested in helping to plan next year's March, please contact Jen at

For more photo from this year's March for Life trip, visit our official photo album.  
For a full list of commissions or to get involved, visit us at