With the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade
this past week, the Pointers for Life organization sent a group of members to
Washington D.C. for the March for Life.
The Pointers for Life is a pro-life organization
on campus that works towards educating and helping women.
Chelsea Sommers, the President of
Pointers for Life and a senior at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
majoring in elementary education, loves being able to help women and give them
the resources they need.
“We work closely with First Choice,
which offers free pregnancy testing and even helps with supplies after the baby
is born. If someone comes to us needing resources, we will certainly give it to
them,” Sommers said.
Pointers for Life also works with
Rachel’s Vineyard, which is a place women who have had abortions can go to get
help with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“The March for Life is the biggest
protest in Washington D.C.,” Sommers said.
The first march was held on January
22, 1974 on the West Strips of the Capitol, with an estimated 20,000 prolife
activists. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade
case and in order to raise awareness to fellow Americans, the theme of the
march included an equation: 40=55M. This symbolizes the forty years that have
gone by and the 55 million abortions since the landmark case.
Josh Zdroik, a junior at UWSP
majoring in political science and communication, and vice president of The
Pointers for Life, attended the trip to Washington D.C.
“It was a tremendous experience.
There were 500,000 to 600,000 young people marching, which is amazing,” Zdroik
Besides the march, which was the big
event of the trip, the group got to view monuments, attend church, and visit
The Pointers for Life also held a
rally on Sunday afternoon. A group of people started a march at the courthouse
and concluded with a speaker, Cate Zeuske-Gard, in the Laird room of the DUC.
Zeuske-Gard spoke about the Affordable Healthcare Act and its impact on pro-life
issues. It is the fifth year they have
done this and Zdroik’s second year being a part of it.
“I love it. It’s such a great experience,
and it’s great to be able to interact with other students and spread a message
I believe in,” Zdroik said.