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Todd Shellhamer of Marion County and his fellow Bethlehem High School Students for Life recently visited Washington DC to participate in the national March for Life. Each year on January 22 (the date in 1973 that abortion was legalized in the US) over 300,000 citizens converge on Washington for the annual march to stand as a witness to their belief life is sacred from the moment of conception to natural death. The trip has become something of an annual pilgrimage for Bethlehem’s Pro-life group since its formation three years ago. The trip included not only the march but also the National Pro-life Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception the night before, which has thousands of Catholics and hundreds of bishops present in a standing room only crowd.
Faculty sponsor Stuart Hamilton, and current student club president Rebekah Smith, planned the trip in conjunction with the local chapter of Kentucky Right to Life. With the aid of fundraising and generous private donations, over thirty of Bethlehem’s students attended the March. Traveling with them were parishioners from various Catholic churches and schools including Sacred Heart and St. James in Elizabethtown. “It really is an amazing experience,” stated senior Rebekah Smith, “to be with thousands of Americans who believe the same thing you do. You realize that we really can make a difference.”