STEUBENVILLE – Under the theme Equality Begins in the Womb, hundreds of students, alumni, faculty and staff of the 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 on campus at 9 p.m. Thursday, with a March for Life Mass in Christ the King Chapel, followed by Eucharistic adoration. Shortly before midnight, students will board buses and arrive in the nation’s capital for morning mass at the National Shrine Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.
The March for Life begins with a noon rally on the National Mall, then the march down Constitution Avenue to the steps of the United States Supreme Court building.
This year’s events are unfolding against the backdrop of the possibility of a change in national abortion laws, as a Supreme Court ruling is expected in June on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that could overturn the decision of 1973 Roe vs. Wade which effectively legalized abortion in all 50 states.
“Along with thousands of other pro-lifers, our presence at the march will show the justices of the Supreme Court that the people of this country will stand by a court order 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, with a call for elected officials to set aside political divisions and support unborn children and their mothers,” Koehler said.
The school’s student involvement in the March for Life dates back to January 22, 1974, when four freshmen at the former Steubenville College joined a group of parishioners from St. Joseph’s Church the Worker in Weirton at the first ever Anniversary Walk held in Washington DC