Members of Saint Bede Church to walk in D.C. March for life

aheymann@dailypress.com

Members of Saint Bede Church will participate in the 45th annual March for Life on Jan.19 in Washington, D.C.

The March for Life is an anti-abortion protest rally held every year. The event takes place around or on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling which legalized abortions in the U.S. While the event takes place around the country on different dates, the organization’s website said the march in D.C. is the world’s largest pro-life demonstration.

The Knights of Columbus have organized the bus trip on behalf of Saint Bede Church for the past 12 years. Rocky Natchus, a member of the Knights of Columbus, is on the organizing committee for the group.

Natchus said typically Catholic groups from around the Peninsula have joined St. Bede on the trip. This year St. Joan of Arc parish in Yorktown, St. Olaf parish in Toano, Catholic Campus Ministry students from the College of William and Mary, Walsingham Academy and Immaculate Conception parish in Hampton will travel with the church to D.C. Natchus is expecting 120 people will go with them this year.

While official attendance isn’t tracked, Natchus said he believes last year’s march had grown to almost 1 million people. Natchus said he believes half a million people were at the March for Life when he first attended in 2012. He has also noticed a lot of millennials at the event.

“Overwhelmingly the millennials are probably the largest population group, which is somewhat surprising to me and my generation,” Natchus said.

For the 45th anniversary of the march, House Speaker U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, will speak. Natchus said he thinks it’s cool Ryan is speaking, but wishes more members of Congress would attend. He has asked a few Virginian politicians to speak but never received a reply back.

Want to attend?

Contact Natchus at 757-438-5602 or by email at rnatchus@yahoo.com.

Amelia Heymann can be reached by email at aheymann@dailypress.com, or on twitter @HeymannAmelia.

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