James Cowell used to be very much involved in the Youth Service. Fr Phil recently travelled out to St Louis to conduct his wedding to the beautiful Kayla. Here, he speaks about the annual March for Life.
Each year hundreds of thousands of people from across the USA travel to Washington DC, on or around the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion in the case Roe v. Wade.
On Wednesday 21 January, my wife Kayla and I stepped aboard a coach taking us to the March for Life in Washington DC. The journey from Illinois to Washington would take us 16 hours. Whilst traveling we heard testimonies from people who had been on the March before. We were also informed of the most current legal battles fighting for the Right and Dignity of Life form Conception until Natural Death. We drove through the night sleeping on the coach, arriving into Washington at 6:30am. Our first stop was the Armoury Stadium, were we celebrated Mass with 10,000 people; it was a wonderful celebration, all the more remarkable as we were the ‘overflow’ from the Verizon Stadium because it was full at 20,000! We headed out at midday and caught the metro to the rally at National Mall where we heard from different speakers. We then began the March – all 500,000 of us! Half a Million! We walked down Constitution Avenue ending at the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States. It was an incredible sight to behold: the number of people was almost impossible to count and all of them were peacefully there to show their sadness that this government does not hold Life with dignity or respect. After the March Kayla and I went to visit both the House of Congress and House of State Representatives. It was a joy to be a part of the 2015 March for Life, and to meet so many people and we even met up with six people that we knew from other parts of the USA, remarkable when you imagine the size of the crowd.
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