Saint Anselm College must present itself as a pro-life institution – The Saint Anselm Crier
Last January, 34 students from Saint Anselm College were scheduled to participate and travel to the March for Life 2022 in Washington DC. Unfortunately, the trip has been canceled for our university community due to the Omicron Variant COVID. While we were unable to represent Saint Anselm College at the March for Life among the other 150,000 walkers who stood up for life in Washington, we must also strive to stand up for life here on campus. Maintaining a pro-life ethic on campus is a essential part of our identity as a Catholic and Benedictine institution and must have an impact on our university community beyond the March for Life. So what does it mean to be a pro-life campus?
The cornerstone of the pro-life movement is the inherent dignity and worth of every human person, from the moment of conception to natural death. Catholics believe that this dignity and worth is bestowed by God and cannot be taken away. Abortion is of course the most important pro-life issue as it is the direct killing of a child in the womb. However, being pro-life is not just about opposing abortion. To be pro-life is to help mothers who experience unwanted pregnancies. This is to support adoption agencies and schools in low-income communities. It is about giving food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, help to the sick, clothing to the naked, hospitality to the immigrant and love to the prisoner. It’s about tearing down the walls of hate (racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia) and building bridges to learn about others and their journeys. It is about defending life, until its last moments in a hospital bed. Our work as a pro-life campus must extend to all aspects of what it means to be alive and loved.
Saint Anselm’s College has done amazing work through the Campus Ministry, Intercultural Center, Meelia Center, ARC, Hawks for Life, and other departments and organizations around campus. However, our work is not finished. This is just the beginning of a long journey of walking with members of our local communities and advocating for the sanctity of life at all stages.
For all those who are pro-life in Saint Anselme, this message is for you. Don’t be afraid to share your point of view on campus; defend life and defend it. If you study politics, so much the better, because we definitely need more pro-life politicians. If you want to get a PhD, great, because we need more big thinkers in the pro-life movement too. If you’re studying nursing, great, because we need more pro-life thinking in the medical field. Think, write, create, learn and advocate for life in all its stages, and I can promise you that our world will change for the better.
Finally, I believe that each of us is pro-life in one way or another, even if you are pro-choice. Thoughts on abortion will change over time, but very few will change their minds simply because of the arguments. The best way to share our pro-life is through our actions, serving others and loving all of God’s children. The abortion debate will continue for a long time. However, we can continue to support mothers and victims of sexual violence, educate our community and show the immense importance of being pro-life. May God bless you all and inspire our university community to continue to serve, love and defend life at all stages.