It’s hard to believe it’s been six months since the March for Life! Which means it’s also six months until January 22, 2015 and we’re certainly busy with plans for the 42nd March for Life. At this mid-point in the year, we want to highlight a few stories of young people and how they have “marched on” for life after January, and how the March for Life has impacted their lives and those around them.
Our first interview is with Rachel del Guidice. She’s from Ashland, Ohio, and is currently a junior at Franciscan University majoring in Communications and minoring in Journalism.
(Rachel, in middle, with friends at the 2014 March for Life)
When did you first come to the March for Life?
My first year at the March for Life was 2006, I believe, and I was 12 years old! I’ve been every year since with either my church or my school.
What was your biggest take-away from this past March for Life?
Molly Anne Dutton’s story really impacted me. Stories like hers are what will change people’s hearts and minds because they touch the heart. Molly Anne’s story shows how the culture of death can be rejected. And of course, just being part of the event. It’s inspiring and the pictures don’t do it justice.
How have you been marching on for life since January?
I’ve been involved with my college’s abortion clinic outreach – we pray outside the clinic every Saturday. It’s hard, but it’s so important to pray – not only for the people going into the clinic, but for everyone in our group. I was also inspired to intern for a pro-life organization. I was blessed with the opportunity to intern for the Family Research Council, a pro-life and pro-family policy and grassroots organization.
It’s definitely different for every person though – how they “march on” and impact their community. We are each called to witness to the cause of life, even if it is “just” praying.
How do you see yourself being involved in the pro-life movement in the future?
I’m not sure specifically, but I definitely want to be in a position with purpose, so that I can do something every day to impact our culture.
What’s your advice for fellow young people?
Don’t get deceived by the culture. Know where you came from, who you are and the reason why you do what you do. You have to search your heart every day and think about how you can make a difference.
Did you attend the 2014 March for Life? Were you inspired to “march on” for life back at your school or community? We would LOVE to hear your story too! You can submit a brief description of how you have “marched on” for life HERE. If your story is chosen, we will contact you to learn more about what you have been doing for the cause of life since January 22, 2014. We’ll feature you in a blog and on our social media, as a way of inspiring every Marcher. We look forward to hearing from you!