January 19th of this year marked the 45th annual March for Life. Held in Washington D.C. each year, hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters gather on the National Mall to rally and stand in solidarity for the pro-life cause. Then, the entire crowd marches to the steps of the Supreme Court, where, in 1973, the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down that made abortion legal in the United the States. Since then, over 60 million innocent unborn children have been killed as a result of abortion.
The Catholic Church has always been a strong defender life. Every human being is made in the image and likeness of God, which gives every person a certain dignity that cannot be taken away. Every human life is precious and is deserving of respect and protection from the moment when life begins at conception to the moment of natural death. Therefore, as Catholics, we have a responsibility to do all that we can to defend life, especially for the unborn, who are the most innocent and defenseless.
This free eLesson contains resources and discussion questions for older middle and high school students in order to explore this important issue.
In this lesson your students will:
- Identify the purpose of the March for Life
- Understand the significance of its date and location
- Understand the implications of the call to overturn Roe v. Wade
- Understand why all human beings, including babies in the womb, have the right to life.
- Consider what responsibilities all citizens have to protect the unborn