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Abortions down in Missouri, but pro-lifers here remain committed to March for Life

Generation Life pilgrims marched from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis to Planned Parenthood in 2016.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Thousands from the Archdiocese of St. Louis are expected to attend the annual March for Life Friday, Jan. 19, in Washington, D.C.

While the number of abortions in the United States is staggering — more than 59 million since 1973 — Missouri is experiencing a downward trend in abortions.

Generation Life is not just in January

Riley Kurczynski from Eureka High School and Amy Hohenberger from Cor Jesu Academy prayed at Planned Parenthood with the Holy Infant youth group. Members of the Ballwin youth group were demonstrating a commitment to protecting life that goes beyond the March for Life in January in Washington, D.C.

Brad Pike is certain his presence on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood is causing some raised eyebrows from people inside the fence.

The 16-year-old has gone with his grandfather several times to the sidewalk, offering prayers that those coming for an abortion would seek a different choice. On a recent Saturday morning, he and about two dozen friends from the youth group at Holy Infant in Ballwin made a visit. The teens were there to send a message that they're pro-life beyond the March for Life.

Generation Life, he said, is not just in January.

Generation Life teens proclaim the Gospel of Life at March for Life

Teens on the Generation Life pilgrimage shared their excitement at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. About 2,100 teens and others attended the annual pilgrimage, sponsored by the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

As the crowd swelled and the chants rose, Jill Stinehart was feeling energized as the March for Life in Washington, D.C., commenced.

"I believe — we love life," chanted the teens with the Archdiocese of St. Louis' Generation Life pilgrimage filled the streets.

Cdl. Dolan: If sanctuary of the womb is violated, no one is safe

Men prayed at the closing Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington Jan. 27. The all-night vigil is held before the annual March for Life, which this year marked the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation.

WASHINGTON -- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York warned that if the sanctuary of the womb is violated, then other sanctuaries are at risk.

"Can any of us be safe, can any of us claim a sanctuary anywhere when the first and most significant sanctuary of them all, the mother's womb protecting a tiny life, can be raided and ravaged?" he asked in his homily during the Jan. 26 opening Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The vigil always precedes the annual March for Life, which takes place on the National Mall.

Generation Life teens on the way to Washington, D.C. have got some serious #busrideprobs

Approximately 2,100 teenagers, young adults, adult chaperones, volunteers, Catholic priests, seminarians, and other pro-life supporters will make the trek to Washington, D.C., for the 44th annual March for Life on Friday, Jan. 27 as part of the “Generation Life” Pilgrimage, sponsored by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate.

SNOW VS. WADE

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In the end, the snow didn't conquer. Life was victorious.

That was the message shared through the witness and energy of 1,000 teens who came to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for a special Generation Life program hosted by the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Apostolate Jan. 23.

More than 2,200 teens were supposed to attend the 43rd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the day before, but the youth apostolate cancelled its annual Generation Life pilgrimage just days before a blizzard walloped the East Coast, dumping nearly two feet of snow or more in D.C. and surrounding areas.

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