SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- A group of students from Union Catholic's Students for Human Dignity Club headed south to Washington, D.C. on Friday, Jan. 19, to participate in the 45th annual March For Life.
Students from Union Catholic were joined by the St. Bartholomew and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parishes of Scotch Plains in the March for Life, which involves several Catholic youth and school groups showing their support for the Pro Life movement.
Elito Tanyag, in his 23rd year as a Religion teacher at Union Catholic, started the Right to Life Club 16 years ago at the school. The name of the club was changed to Students for Human Dignity two years ago. Tanyag is the moderator of the club and he's excited about attending the March For Life with his students.
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"I'm excited because it gives our youth an opportunity to be involved in a social justice issue and apply what they have learned in their Religion classes,'' said Tanyag. "Human dignity is something to be protected, and it begins at the time of conception. I want students to realize the value of mass action, rallies, protests and demonstrations, and that faith should be expressed in concrete action.''
The Union Catholic students in the Students For Humanity Club who attended the March For Life included: Ivana Wijedasa, Mervin Alexander, Nicole Campos, Sofia Rama, Caitlyn McDermott, Megan Rodriguez, and Monika Wlodarski
Wijedasa, the Secretary of the Students For Human Dignity Club, said participating in the March For Life is something she's always wanted to do.
"I'm very excited to finally get the chance to be part of the March For Life,'' said Wijedasa, a senior. "There are people of all different races and gender that all come together for this one cause, and it's something I've always wanted to be part of. Human rights and the dignity of human life are issues we talk about a lot here at Union Catholic."
"Everyone deserves the right to life and it's something that people should stand up and talk about. I think it's great that our school is showing support for this, and I'm grateful that Union Catholic has given us the opportunity to join thousands of people in this great cause.''
The Right to Life March began with a rally on the grounds of the Washington Monument, and the March went along Constitution Avenue past the Capitol Building.