march for life

Couple attends march with reality of husband's past abortion in mind

Marcus and Carrie Bryant from Sacred Heart Parish in Florissant were part of the 40th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. They are the parents of four children. When Marcus was in college he and a former girlfriend decided to have an abortion.  He is now speaking about his personal story and is committed to pro-life work.

As the parents of four children, Carrie and Marcus Bryant of Sacred Heart Parish in Florissant were able to have some time away on their own when they went to the March for Life. But their first trip to the March was also a moving one, because of a personal experience that Marcus Bryant had years ago.

During his freshman year in college, Marcus Bryant, now 36, had an abortion with a former girlfriend.

"At the time, I was scared to death. She was also scared to death, but we talked about it," he recalled. "Neither one of us felt any pressure, and we made the decision together."

Fontbonne student carries image of special girl in her heart on the march

Andrea Artz, 21, prayed inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception before leaving the 40th Annual March For Life in Washington, D.C. During the pilgrimage, Artz, a senior at Fontbonne University, carried in her heart the baby she gave up for adoption three years ago.

When Andrea Artz went on the March for Life this year, she carried in her heart the image of a special little girl.

Artz, 21, is a senior at Fontbonne University. The summer before her freshman year, Artz became pregnant. It was not something she was expecting, but with the support of her family and friends, Artz made the courageous decision to place her daughter, Rosie -- who was born on Jan. 22, 2010, the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade -- into the arms of a loving adoptive family.

Wonder and awe are part of first-time experience at March for Life

Madeline Bauer, a student of St. Paul in St. Paul marched with her teacher Jill Gould towards the Supreme Court during the 40th Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Like many other first-timers at the March for Life, Madeline Bauer had a look of awe and wonder on her face as she witnessed the mass of people making their way along Constitution Avenue for the Jan. 25 march in Washington, D.C. The 14-year-old eighth-grader at St. Paul School in St. Paul was donned in a light blue cap that had a bold "LIFE" printed on it, as she waited with her teacher, Jill Gould, to meet up with classmates.

"It's just amazing to see how many people are here to defend the lives of the unborn," she said. "God created us and we're all equal according to Him."

St. Louis LIFE Runner finds value in suffering for the unborn

Ed Heigl raised a small flag after he had finished in the LIFE Runners' inaugural Nellie Gray 5K race in Washington, D.C., Jan. 26.  Battling cancer, Heigle brought his 17-year-old son to the March for Life and then ran the race.  He said, ""I look at it as I am running for my own life as well as for the unborn,"

Ed Heigl had just finished a round of chemotherapy, and his feet were numb from the treatment. But yet somehow, the 56-year-old still mustered up the courage to participate in LIFE Runners' inaugural Nellie Gray 5K race in Washington, D.C., Jan. 26.

Grandmother shares her excitement for march, need to educate young people

Pat Power of St. Mary Alacoque Parish talked with Marisol Pfaff from the Paul VI Institute out front of the Washington Capitol on their way to the Senate.  Missouri Right to Life organized a speaker series before the 40th Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

What brings Pat Power to her knees in prayer is knowing the bleak reality of today's world and the knowledge that her 24 grandchildren have to live in it. Power, 75, is a member of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, in south St. Louis County. She first attended the March for Life about 20 years ago, and about five years ago started going again.

At annual March for Life, crowds show endurance, passion to continue

LISA JOHNSTON | Pro-life demonstrators walked along Constitution Avenue towards the U.S. Capitol on their way to the Supreme Court building  The 40th Annual March for Life  took place in Washington, D.C. which included many groups from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

WASHINGTON — The hundreds of thousands of participants at the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 25 demonstrated just how determined they are not only by showing up in such large numbers on a bitter cold day but by continuing a 40-year tradition of protesting the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion.

"Forty years ago, people thought opposition to the pro-life movement would eventually disappear," Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley told the crowd assembled on the National Mall for a rally prior to the march along Constitution Avenue to the front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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