|John Paul II Foundation of New Jersey|
On January 22, 2015 in Washington D.C., the capital of the United States, took place the 42nd annual March for Life organized on the anniversary of the court decision legalizing abortion (Roe vs Wade). This march provided another chance to manifest disagreement with the “law” that allows to kill unborn children. Among participants – private people as well as various organizations – there were representatives of the John Paul II Foundation, New Jersey Chapter. Knowing that John Paul II was a huge and uncompromising defendant of life of unborn children, we did not have any doubts that we have to join this march which unites many different people who have the same goal.
Thanks to kindness of the Knights of Columbus, who are active at the St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church in Linden (NJ), we were able to use a special charter bus. Even though it was a normal working day, we had a group so big that it filled out the bus and we went to participate in the March for Life.
The weather was so good that it seemed that the winter ended. When we arrived, we saw how many people devoted their time and undertook the task of this protest. We were seeing people of various ages, from various ethnicities, most likely from various religions, but it was very vivid that young people dominated the March for Life.
Usually in the previous years, we were seeing a group of people (mostly not more than 50 people), who are supporting the option to kill unborn children – they are coming to demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court and impede our peaceful march. This time, however, we were not seeing them – later, as we found out on our way back home, they were arrested when they were trying to disturb the march and block the street.
We had a very nice surprise during the march, when we met Rev. Sławomir Oder (the postulator of the John Paul II canonization process), who was visiting at that time Washington D.C. – how small is this world.