Respect Life Club protests Against Abortion


by Joseph Nemec

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The Respect Life Club gathers outside of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Downtown Houston Saturday, Oct. 11. The rally on October 8 was the March of the Surviving Youth (MOTSY) which aims to show youth support for ending the practice of abortion. “It makes me feel a sense of accomplishment beyond that of doing good like on a test or a presentation,” junior Carol Broussard said.

Eagle Staff

It was a stormy Saturday morning when the

Respect Life Club – Eagles for Life – pulled up

to the Catholic Charismatic Center, preparing

for a day of prayer and protest.

The rally on October 8 was the March of the

Surviving Youth (MOTSY) which aims to show

youth support for ending the practice of


“It’s important to have events to show that we

care,” Theology teacher and club moderator Casey Johnson ’05 said. “It’s to remind ourselves that

there are people out there who have a mentality that does not uphold the dignity and the worth of

every human being.”

MOTSY aims not only to protest but also to increase the awareness of youth about the issue of


“Having an event like this where you can get young people together to celebrate mass, to have praise

and worship and to do a Jericho march around Planned Parenthood helps them realize that this is

something in our backyard, this is happening in our city; the largest abortion mill in the Western

Hemisphere is located in Houston and we need to shut it down,” Johnson said

“It’s a lot more meaningful than something trivial we do everyday,” said junior Carol Broussard,

president of Eagles for Life. “We went to a quick Mass, then we listened to some presentations, then

we set out on the march towards Planned Parenthood and it started thunder storming.”

MOTSY was attended by youth from around the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, including

students from STH.

Strong support from Eagles for Life and the St Thomas circle of the Columbian squires was partially

responsible for the large turnout of St. Thomas students.

“We have a close association with the Pro-Life movement in Houston,” Johnson said. “You could say

that it’s a part of St. Thomas in many ways.”

However, the importance of the issue to STH students was the primary motivation.

“[We are] trying to get this place shut down, trying to save the lives of unborn children,” Broussard


At the march, students from St. Thomas were responsible for the critical role of carrying the statue of

Mary during the March.

“We were carrying the statue of Mary, while it was thunder storming, desperately trying to not fall

over or slip in the mud while trying to keep the umbrella over Mary; it felt pretty hard core,”

Broussard said.

After the march, attendants explained how they benefited greatly for participation. Students received


“It feels like I’ve done something good. It makes me feel a sense of accomplishment beyond that of

doing well like on a test or a presentation,” Broussard said.

In addition to satisfaction, they get something not normally received by many: an experience in


“It’s a great opportunity for students to take an active role in prayer,” Johnson said. “Sometimes they

think that prayer is some dusty old monk in a monastery somewhere praying all day, [and] that

doesn’t sound very exciting to them, but prayer can be active too. St. Paul calls us to pray without

ceasing and part of that prayer can be an active prayer, a prayer of protest.”

Eagles for Life plans to attend next year to continue their support of dignity of life issues in the


“We’ll do it again and try to do more things, much bigger, much better.” Broussard said.




Joseph Nemec serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Eagle. In his spare time he enjoys correcting people's grammar and writing editorials inciting students to sell their round-up quotas.