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By Mary Burns
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It was five years ago when my family and I went to Heuvelton to St. Raphael’s to say goodbye to my sister, Jamie, as she was venturing on her trip to Washington D.C. I was in 7th grade and I wasn't quite sure what the March For Life was. So my sister told me to watch EWTN and to look for her on the television.

It started off with many prolife speakers. Never in my life had I ever paid so much attention to speakers. After hearing what they had to say I started to get very interested in this prolife movement. I started to look up things about Roe V Wade. As soon as I saw a picture of an aborted baby I was struck. It seriously felt like a car had smashed into me. My heart sunk into my stomach! I just stared for what seemed like an hour but it was only a few seconds. I could not believe that someone could do this. Kill an innocent child in what is supposed to be the safest place in the world, a mother’s womb. Whatever happened to the right to life that is stated in our Declaration of Independence?

This is what enkindled the fire in my heart. So as time went on I started to watch babies being delivered on the Discovery Health Channel. I just made me cry to see the awesomeness of God and to see the love in the parents eyes. And it was then when I decided what I wanted to be, a Catholic obstetrician! I just can't wait to welcome those babies into this world. But what really saddens me is what about those that are lost to abortion? What about their choice? This is why I go to the March For Life in Washington DC. This was my second year! I had so much fun, but the real reason we are there is to overturn Roe V Wade.

The first night we had a prolife speaker who told us her story about being raped at a party and choosing to keep her son and how he is the joy of her life. On Sunday we went to the basilica. All I can say is wow! You really felt close to God there. What I loved the most was the youth Mass, Matt Maher concert  and adoration.
Being in a place with thousands of teens your age, all praying for an end to abortion, it really gives you hope!
The next day was the ”March”. We were given blue scarfs to wear. I wrapped mine around my head to look like the Blessed  Mother. On my back I wore a blanket that had on it Our Lady of Guadalupe.

There were over 400,000 people that marched. As I was walking down the street I was thinking about all the hard work people that came before me had done. They walked down these streets fighting for the same thing. They would be so proud to see the next generation fighting for life.

I am so glad to go on these pilgrimages. They really make me sit back and think. This fight doesn't just end here. We bring it back to our hometowns and explain what needs to change.

Pro-choice people will try their best to tear us down, but we will continue the fight because we have God on our side. Let us pray that we will soon be gathering in Washington not for a hope that abortion will be illegal but for a celebration that it is illegal. We look forward to the day that the Supreme Court will get it that "A person’s a person no matter how small, from the very moment of their conception."
Editor’s note: Mary, a junior at Ogdensburg Free Academy, is a parishioner of St. Mary’s Cathedral.

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