Each year, the week of the March for Life in Washington is dubbed Visi4Life Week, with activities and speakers sponsored by the Visi4Life club, culminating in the trip to advocate on behalf of the unborn and their mothers at the Mass, Rally, and March for Life. With Covid-19 restrictions in place, Visi4Life went virtual this year. Pro-life speaker Brandi Swindell of Stanton International spoke to students via Microsoft Teams Live and students attended the now-virtual Mass and rally with the Archdiocese of Washington on Friday.
Viana Schlapp '21, one of the club co-presidents, said, "[Ms. Swindell] is a passionate voice for the pro-life cause. Her work is focused on ensuring that women facing an unexpected pregnancy will feel love and support throughout their pregnancy and for the years to come."
The biggest takeaway from Swindell's speech was her message that knowledge is power, noted fellow club leader Emily Fairbanks '21. "She brought to light many stories and facts about the root of the pro-life and pro-choice movements," said Emily. "She cited that the original women’s rights movement who fought for suffrage were all very pro-life and supportive of motherhood. It really brought to light for me that the pro-life movement is also the pro-woman movement."
Students learning from home and those learning on-campus had the opportunity to register to attend the online Mass and rally for life with the Archdiocese of Washington.
In addition, freshman and sophomore students in advisories created cards during their meetings to support expectant mothers.