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We continue with another profile of a young Pro-Life leader who was featured in the recent KofC's Columbia article entitled "Voices of the Pro-Life Generation".
"As the oldest of eight children, my childhood was filled with the excitement and joy of getting ready to welcome new siblings into our Catholic family. This gave me a profound awareness that each person is infinitely precious from the moment of coming into being. In a word, my desire to protect the lives of little ones in the womb was ignited by my parents’ generous “yes” to life. Later, during my undergraduate studies in Indiana, I wrote my senior thesis about the impact of viewing ultrasound images on the abortion decision-making process. Andrea DeLee, 29, is director of operations for the March for Life Education and Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of the March for Life Education Defense Fund.
How I’m involved: Eager to develop a deeper understanding of the human person and the nature of a culture of life and civilization of love, I pursued graduate studies at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America. A few years later, prayer and discernment led me to an opportunity to work for the March for Life, where we strive to end abortion by uniting, equipping and mobilizing pro-life America. Within the organization, I act as the chief of staff, keeping our team in close collaboration and leading daily operations.
Pro-life challenges: We live in a culture fixated on avoiding suffering at all costs, and this fixation can deter us from sacrificing for what is most beautiful and most precious. My efforts to build a culture of life must begin with offering up my own little crosses in the midst of daily life, and with praying consistently for mothers and fathers to have the courage and support they need to choose life.
The pro-life message: The March for Life chooses a theme each year focusing on what is most needed at the present moment in our culture; the 2020 theme is “Life Empowers: Pro- Life is Pro-Woman.” I wish all women could realize that far from being something shameful or demeaning, saying “yes” to motherhood is always an ennobling, empowering and heroic path.
Signs of hope: Growing up with ultrasound images on our refrigerators, millennials are aware in a special way of the humanity and vulnerability of the child in the womb. They bring a renewed fervor to the fight for life in our country. In a particular way, the hundreds of thousands of young people taking a stand to end abortion at the March for Life are an incredible witness to hope.
Advice to Knights: The life-saving work of the March for Life would not be possible without your generous support. Thank you for persevering in the fight to protect the most vulnerable among us. With the deepest gratitude, I ask you to remain dedicated to building a culture of life at work and at home."
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Voices Of The Pro-Life Generation Young leaders speak about the impact they are having in the preeminent human rights battle of our time By Knights of Columbus Columbia Magazine Staff (1/1/2020) A national leader of abortion advocacy arrived in downtown Washington, D.C., during the 2010 March for Life and could barely believe her eyes.
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