Eighty-five seventh, eighth and ninth graders from St. Mary’s and 70 seventh and eighth graders from Holy Trinity (NUACS) left early on a very cold Tuesday morning to attend a prayer service at the St. Paul Cathedral and rally on the front steps of the State Capitol.
Marching through the cold, they participated in a rally listening to prolife speakers. The March For Life, sponsored by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life and the Archdiocese of St. Paul, commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Roe Vs. Wade Supreme court decision, which denied the rights of all unborn persons to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Since the Jan. 22, 1973 decision, over 55 million U.S. citizens residing in the womb have been killed, including more than 500,000 Minnesotans.
Even though some schools started class two hours late due to the frigid temperatures, these teenagers reported to school early all bundled up and ready with home-made signs in order to exercise their First Amendment rights in defense of the rights of the unborn. The transportation costs were off-set by donations from individuals and organizations in support of the rights of the unborn.
Students were accompanied by teachers, administrators and many other community members. Although some of the students were worried about the cold, most were happy to be able to experience using their First Amendment rights to show their support of the unborn.
For many it was a first time visiting the St. Paul Cathedral, which was packed to overflowing. The students from the New Ulm Diocese had front section seats.