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March for Life

by David R., age 18

Submitted February, 2015

Throughout the history of the world there has always been and always will be the oppression of human life and human beliefs. In the ancient world it was the Christians being persecuted by the Romans. Later on it was black slaves, then the Holocaust of Jews and finally the mass genocide of children in the USA. One aspect that all these oppressions share in common is the reasoning one uses in order to justify murder on a grand scale. It is a simple belief, easy to teach and easy to understand. In order to oppress a certain race you must believe that certain people are either half-human or are simply not human at all. Black slaves were considered non-human or three-fifths a person. Nazi Germany lowered the entire human race to that of animals and declared that Jews were an inferior sort of animal. In America, this tradition still holds strong by calling certain human beings fetuses or tissue. This fake belief has led to the extermination of 55 million human babies, a daunting number compared to the death toll of 6 million Jews during Hitler's reign of power. It is in fact, the largest genocide the world has ever seen and probably will see. It is because of this murder of the innocent that 600,000 young teens and young adults gather every year in Washington D.C. to march in protest against this dehumanizing belief. As a graduating senior, I too have traveled to D.C. and partook in this March for Life. The pilgrimage started in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, from where we traveled by bus to D.C. on the 20-hour journey. Four buses in total came from the La Crosse Diocese with about 200 students altogether. It is always a breath-taking experience to reach the top of the hill and look back to witness a sea of people all rallied under this same purpose and cause. That life begins at conception and must be treated equally under law. If someone were to ask me why I spent an entire week away from home just to walk for two hours in the cold holding a paper sign with a short slogan, it would take a moment of thought. All things considered, I am just one person in a throng of thousands and my voice really matters little. The pro-choice crowd will not benefit from my presence since they will be too busy screaming obscenities to really listen to any words or arguments I might have. I could say that it is for the observation of large statues dedicated to preserving the memory of a long dead person or museums containing artifacts of great value, but that would be a lie for there are far better times to visit the Capitol then in the middle of sub-zero January. If I didn't go someone else would take my place and my absence would be felt by no one important. I guess the only reason I go on this journey filled with long sleepless nights on a crowded bus is for the simple fact that I wish to. Like the one soldier who wishes to join the army of millions I too wish to join the just cause for the protection of all humans. In this short life of ours what we say or do matters little in the grand scale of infinite time, but in the same way miniscule atoms make up the largest objects, the grand scale of time is made up of the smallest identities all compiled together to form something we call history. The disruption of one atom and molecule changes it to something else in the same way the disruption of one life changes others into something other than what they could have been, which in a sense, means that me going on this march means something truly important. That every person affects society in a special and unique way for better or for worse and that the loss of one person can affect all those around us. The world will probably never fully realize the disruption in the grand scale of time that the loss of 55 million unborn children has made any more than the murder of one man. It is far beyond our simple thinking. The only thing we can understand is that there are consequences and that we as a society must do all within our small power to bring about the preservation of the greater good.