Valley Protestors March for Life

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

Ronald Friesen was in Washington for the 30th anniversary March for Life. A member of the Valley Family Forum, he joined parishioners from Harrisonburg's Blessed Sacrament church on the trek to D.C.

The two groups are united in their purpose to preserve the sanctity of life, each traveler has his own story.

"We just found out that our first grandchild is having problems in the seventh month of our daughter in law's pregnancy and they're working so hard to save this life," says Friesen.

A phone call from Muriel Nicosia's daughter inspired her to go.

"And she said, Well, I'm just calling you Mom and Dad to thank you for having me."

Once off the bus and in the thick of one hundred thousand others, Nicosia said the crowd of kids impressed her the most.

"To know nobody's arm was twisted to be here. They're here because they want to be, to carry on the principles of life," she said.

The March for Life is a solemn event for pro-lifers, especially on the 30th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade case that made abortion legal.

In that time there have been more than 40 million abortions in America. They've all been legal, but pro-lifers say they're ludicrous.

"I have a passion to see life come into this world and have a chance," says Friesen.

"We might only be here one day a year, but in our hearts, we're here all the time," says Nicosia.

President Bush addressed anti-abortion demonstrators by phone, saying America must "protect the lives of innocent children waiting to be born."


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