March for Life: ‘I Went to Get Out of Class; I Came Back Pro-Life’

With 90 students – two full buses – Madawaska Valley District High School had the largest number of public high school students to participate in the National March for Life on May 8. LifeSiteNews.com spoke with the chaplain involved in the success and received feedback on the March from some of the students. 14-year-old Alyssa Rogers reflected, “When I went on the March for Life I was amazed at how much emotion was in their voices while they chanted against abortions. In the beginning I only wanted to go to get out of school for the day, but during the march, it really made me think. I went there thinking that abortions were alright if the mother was going to abuse it while it was in her stomach. I now think that no matter what the circumstance, the child is still a human being, living, moving, and alive, which is the way it should stay.” Andrew Baklinski, the chaplain at the public high school spearheaded the effort to have students attend the march. Baklinski, a father of five, has an enthusiasm for the pro-life movement that is infectious. “I have been very involved in pro-life work my whole life,” Baklinski told LifeSiteNews.com. “I see it as the human rights struggle of our time, a struggle on which hinges the fate of our civilization. I am unashamedly prolife in my classes and in my pastoral work at our school trying to build a culture of life and I think this is key. In other words, not skirting around tough issues, but facing them with love, intelligence, passion and humor. It...