Opening Speech

This speech was given by the St. John the Baptist Prolife League president. (M.D.)

     Good Morning! Thank you all for being here today at our first Prolife assembly of the 2019-2020 school year. I consider it a great honor to be head of the St. John the Baptist Prolife League, and I am eager to continue working with the new vice president, the new treasurer and the new secretary in the future. We re off to a great start this year, with three major events which have greatly contributed to the success of our Prolife League in particular. 

     First, our trip in September to pray outside Planned Parenthood went very well, despite the disturbances on the sidewalk. Thank you to all those who led the decades, hymns, and prayers. I am grateful for your participation. Our Vice President and I were interviewed by the press later that day on why we were praying on the sidewalk, and we were able to give witness to the Prolife cause, which was a very good and rewarding experience. The article was later posted on Facebook and got a lot of comments, both positive and negative. That experience made me consider more deeply why I am Prolife, and I think that it is good for all of us to see whether we are sincerely committed to taking a stance for life.

    At the bazaar this year the Pro-life league received a record-breaking $1100, a huge success. We got a lot of signatures to stop our tax money from going to Planned Parenthood. Thank you to everyone who helped at the Pro-life booth or who went around asking people for signatures.

     Our most recent event, going down to Worcester and praying with the Bishop, was also very successful, and there were no verbal disturbances that day, although the construction company picking the same hour to work on Pleasant Street. I wonder, if it could have been more than just a coincidence. It was so good to see so many people praying there, including students from other schools in the area.

     This year, I would like to ask you to participate when we have a Pro-life event, whether it be helping at the pancake breakfast or leading a decade of the rosary when we go down to Worcester. It is not always easy, but your efforts contribute in some way to the success of the Pro-life movement, which is greatly increasing, especially with the David Daleidan trail in California. For summer reading this rear we had to read a book about Catholic Street evangelization, and I greatly admired the people in the different stories for their moral courage in fighting for what is right and leading others to the truth. While we as students might not always have the opportunity to verbally contest the right to life, we can participate in small ways and prepare ourselves for when we do get challenged. We live in a society that has forgotten what true love is, and we need to show that we do care for others who do not have a chance, especially unborn babies.

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