.- Young people from across America made up a significant amount of the huge crowds that gathered in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life.
John Hughes, an 18-year-old student at Seton Hall Preparatory School in New Jersey, told CNA that he supports the event because âto not be pro-life is to be ignorant.â
âScience has shown that life begins in the womb,â he said, arguing that abortion advocates demonstrate a âlack of responsibilityâ in ignoring the science of fetal development.
Even most U.S. states, Hughes added, recognize an unborn baby as a living child if both mother and baby are killed in a violent crime.
The college student was among the massive crowds of young people who weathered fog and rain in the nationâs capital to attend the annual March for Life on Jan. 23.
Organizers said they believe the event attracted more participants than last yearâs estimated 400,000.
The march was held one day after the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Courtâs 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States.
Hughes said that he is âone hundred percentâ hopeful about the future of the pro-life movement, given several legislative pro-life efforts on the state level such as abortion restrictions or Planned Parenthood defunding.
âItâs a youth movement,â he said.
Kari Boyd, a student at Michigan State University, added that she believes abortion hurts women.
She explained that Planned Parenthood and other organizations that support abortion âare not telling women the truthâ when they say that an unborn baby is a âblob of cellsâ and fail to show women that the fetus they carry is âanother human being.â
Support for womenâs rights does not create the âright to kill an innocent unborn child,â Boyd said. âWomen donât have the right to murder.â
Matt Menendez, age 20, is the president of Harvard right to life. He explained that although the United States is largely pro-life, there are only a small minority of students at Harvard âwho are willing to speak upâ in defense of life.
âWeâre always fighting an uphill battle,â he said. While the work is âvery difficult,â it is also âvery, very rewarding.â
He said that the group regularly receives calls and emails âfrom people who say theyâre afraid to be prolife.â
Menendez described the groupâs work as âfighting an intellectual battleâ in the hopes of âopening discourseâ on a topic that is considered somewhat âtabooâ and is âoften ignoredâ at Harvard.
âItâs really energizing to be part of that movement,â he said.
Luciana Milano, another member of Harvardâs right to life group, attended the march for the first time this year. She explained that attending Harvard strengthened her pro-life views because she was forced to defend her beliefs to those who disagreed with her.
She said that although the experience âhas been difficult,â it has made her âa stronger believerâ in the dignity of all human life.â
Describing the march as âawesome,â Milano said that she was impressed and overwhelmed by the large number of people attending the event.
âThe second that I saw large amounts of people, I almost cried,â she said.