March for Life
Off the Wall, Jan 16
, 2014

January 22 is a very tragic date in many people’s lives. It marked the day when a disgraceful piece of legislation went down in the history books – Roe v. Wade – legalizing abortion.

I contacted Shari Lewis and asked her if she would share some of her knowledge as Pro-Life advocate. This is what Latrobe’s Holy Family parishioner stated.

“The 41st Annual March for Life will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Concerned people from all over the country will descend upon D.C. to participate in this annual event which marks the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. The Jan. 22, 1973 decision struck down all existing state laws on abortion and created a new abortion law for the United States. Roe’s companion case, Doe v. Bolton, defined health to include ‘all factors - - physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman’s age…relevant to the wellbeing of the patient.’ What this means is that the Court legalized abortion on demand for any reason or no reason at all. In 1989, the PA legislature passed with a majority vote the Abortion Control Act making PA one of the most pro-life states in the nation. It passed because the Commonwealth places a supreme value on protecting human life.”

She continued by adding, “Much work still needs to be done to bring an end to abortion. In the United States, 4,000 babies are legally killed through abortion every day. Worldwide, 137,000 babies die from abortion on a daily basis. These innocent, precious human beings need legal protection from conception and that is why it is so important that the Life at Conception Act gets passed.”

Here is the answer to a question that has been asked year after year – Why go to Washington on Jan. 22? According to Shari, “We go because we are the voice for the most vulnerable in our society, the unborn child. We gather with 500,000 people and march to the Supreme Court building to let our president and elected officials know that a majority of U.S. citizens want an end to the barbaric procedure of abortion. This procedure dismembers the baby by tearing its tiny legs, arms and head off. If this course of action was performed on an animal, the perpetrator would be charged with animal abuse.”

Does the D.C trip really make a difference? The Latrobe resident stated, “It makes a difference to the unborn growing in the safety of his mother’s womb. If one has never attend the March for Life, now is the time to do it. One will come back a changed person with one’s heart on fire to protect innocent life. One will be in solidarity with people from all ages and backgrounds,” she said.

And are there just people in their 40’s to 60’s who attend?

“What is so impressive,” Lewis stated, “is that the youth attendance grows every year. As a matter of fact, the majority of people at the March are under 25. Why is this so? Because they get it. They realize that abortion is killing off our future. Abortion has killed the person with the cure for cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes; abortion has killed the person with the solution to our energy needs; abortion kills off those who would be paying into the social security system; abortion kills future teachers, police officers, scientists, authors, inventors, priests, business owners, etc. Abortion has killed the first female president of the United States.”

Concluding, Shari said, “Join Holy Family Church, Latrobe, in the March for Life to speak up for the defenseless unborn child. A bus will leave from the parking lot of Latrobe Memorial Stadium at a time to be determined and return around 10:30 p.m. that night. The round trip cost is $25 and includes refreshments, a video, and other surprises. Those who desire to attend but are not able to walk the March route are invited to spend the day at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C. Also, if one would like to help subsidize the trip, but can’t attend, donations are welcome.”

For additional information and/or reserving one’s seat on the bus, contact Shari Lewis by calling 724-537-4456.

The following saying is very applicable. Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for the good men to do nothing.”


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