Creighton Students for Life attended the 47th annual March for Life held in Washington, D.C. over the weekend of Jan. 24.
CSFL had a record 133 attendees, as the delegation once again invited outside groups and individuals to participate in the trip.
The group included 63 Creighton students; 24 from Maverick Students for Life, an anti-abortion organization at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; members of the Knights of Columbus; as well as students from two local Catholic high schools.
The Rev. Ross Romero, S.J. and the Rev. John Shea, S.J. were also along for the ride.
The Creighton group celebrated Mass with the two Jesuits and Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha on Friday morning at their hotel before heading to the Washington Monument to hear President Donald Trump speak at the pre-march rally.
In the 47 years that the March for Life has taken place, Trump is the first sitting president to address marchers in person.
Other speakers at the pre-march rally included anti-abortion senators and governors from throughout the U.S. and abortion survivors.
The group then made its way to the National Mall for the march, which ended at the U.S. Supreme Court.
College of Arts and Sciences junior Alexis Rezac has attended the March for Life for the past three years, but this year was her first time going with CSFL.
Rezac said the most rewarding part of the weekend was being able to see how much support there is for the anti-abortion cause.
“It was great to hear powerful messages from those who have first-hand experience with this issue,” Rezac said.
On Saturday morning, students had the option to attend the National Pro-Life Summit, hosted by four different national anti-abortion organizations. There were countless anti-abortion advocates at the event, including Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America.
Hawkins gave a speech at Creighton in 2019 titled “Make Abortion Illegal Again,” which drew a group of silent protesters.
Edward DeSimone II is the faculty moderator for CSFL, and he has accompanied groups of students to the march for over 15 years. He said he has enjoyed every part of his time with the organization.
“The students are amazingly dedicated to defending life and are wonderful to work with,” DeSimone said.
Haley Briggs, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences and CSFL March for Life coordinator, first attended five years ago and has planned the trip for two years now.
“I love being able to share with students an experience that changed my life,” Briggs said.