STEUBENVILLE — Under the theme Equality Begins in the Womb, hundreds of students, alumni, faculty and staff from Franciscan University of Steubenville, including President Rev. Dave Pivonka, TOR, will participate in the annual national March for Life on Friday in Washington, DC
Events begin Thursday at 9 p.m. on campus, with a March for Life Mass in the Christ the King Chapel, followed by Eucharistic Adoration. Shortly before midnight, the students board the buses and arrive in the country’s capital for morning mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
The March for Life begins with an afternoon rally on the National Mall and then the march up Constitution Avenue to the steps of the US Supreme Court building.
This year’s events are set against the backdrop of the possibility of a change in the country’s abortion laws as a Supreme Court ruling is expected in June on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning the Roe v. Wade decision. from 1973, which effectively legalized abortion in all 50 states.
“Along with thousands of other pro-lifers, our presence at the march will show Supreme Court justices that the people of this country will stand by a court decision to correct a misjudgment in Roe v. Wade,” said Niklas Koehler, president of the university’s Students for Life club.
“We come to Washington, DC, advocating for elected officials to set aside political divisions and support unborn children and their mothers,” says Kohler.
The school’s student involvement in the March for Life dates back to January 22, 1974, when four freshmen from what was then the College of Steubenville joined a group of parishioners from St. Joseph the Worker Church in Weirton at the first-ever anniversary march in Washington, D.C.