Franciscan University students reflect on March for Life


Thousands of people filled the streets of Washington, D.C. Friday for the annual March for Life, and several hundred of those people were students from Franciscan University. 

The Students for Life club packed multiple busses, taking more than 400 students to and from the march. 

That does not count the students that drove to Washington on their own. 

Students say they felt that the event had more attendees than usual and that there was a strong sense of excitement and fellowship. 

“There was just a really renewed sense of hope. There were a lot of people there, more than expected actually. It was really warm and really nice and the President spoke. I don’t know, it just felt like a really good atmosphere this year,” said Dominique Cognetti. 

The March for Life typically hosts members of Congress as keynote speakers, but this year, the President of the United States addressed the crowd via satellite.

“You come from many backgrounds, many places, but you all come for one beautiful cause: to build a society where life is celebrated, protected, and cherished,” said President Donald Trump. 

The students say it is nice to be in a place where everyone shares the same views and hopes that the government will take steps to support the Pro-Life movement.

“It’s just the gathering of many people to say that each person, no matter who they are, no matter their characteristics or personality or anything, they all have that same inherent value and dignity. They all have a right to that life,” said Alicia Paddock. 

You can find more information about the annual March for Life at

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