AU junior, Zack Lemon, was among the 10 Ashland University students who attended this year’s March for Life, the annual pro-life rally that solemnizes the legalization of abortion in America. Even though this was his third trip to the nation’s capital, he found this year’s event particularly significant.
The sheer number of people never ceases to be impressive either. “It is staggering,” he said in reference to the crowd’s size. “It’s about a mile and a half walk, but it takes almost two hours because of all the people.”
The visual wasn’t lost on the group either. “Once you get to the Capital building you can turn around and see the seas of people all marching; all chanting.” He then used the word again, “It’s staggering.”
The composition of marchers also added to the power of the event. Over the past few years the March for Life has sought to grow from being mainly a Roman Catholic niche event to include a broader swath of the pro-life movement.
“We walked behind the Bikers for Life,” said Lemon. “It was good to see that [the March] is becoming more open and less focused on one part of Christianity. It is a way of saying: Life should not be a political issue.”
Lemon also mentioned that his participation in the march has developed over the years. He said that the first year he went because it was simply the thing to do as a conservative, Catholic. However, his motives have become more fine-tuned as he reflected on his family.
Lemon pointed to his sister who died in infancy and to his grandfather who had developed dementia. “If people want to ask if that life matters, I can look at my own family and say, ‘Yes, it does.’”