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I stood on the sidewalk as a large group of women and men passed by me walking up the steep road. The entire group chanted in unison, “Silent no more. Silent no more.” My eyes were drawn to one woman near the edge of the group. Tears were streaming down her face. Her eyes spoke not only of sadness, but of strength. Then her lips parted from their tight embrace and her voice, unbroken, joined the chant. “Silent no more. Silent no more.” Tears left wet tracks on her cheeks. 

Most of those who attend the March for Life march for the victims who have no voice, the unborn children who will never see their mother’s face or hold their father’s hand. But there are victims who march for themselves—the men and women whose lives have been forever changed because of abortion. These are the victims that are most often forgotten. 

This past week New York passed the Reproductive Health Act. Under New York’s new law, an unborn child can be administered lethal injection while a criminal cannot be. A baby born after an unsuccessful abortion can be left to die. And if a pregnant woman is assaulted and loses her child, there is no recognition of this loss since an unborn child is not defined as a person according to the state of New York. 

Abortion is the murder of the most innocent form of life: a baby. But the 60 million babies murdered in our country since Roe v. Wade was passed were not the only victims. 60 million mothers’ and 60 million fathers’ lives were changed forever. Regardless of what the media says, not everyone who has an abortion wants to proudly shout it out. Plenty of women and men have been forced to have an abortion, lied to about the truth of abortion, and were given no other option other than abortion. These women and men are suffering victims too. I heard the pain in the women’s and men’s voices in the group I saw at the March for Life. But I also heard strength in their voices. They may still suffer, but their suffering will be made known. 

I have always felt strongly about the pro-life movement. But what I witnessed at the March for Life and in our country this past week are evidence that I must use my voice to speak for the children who will never use theirs on earth. I must use my voice for the women and men suffering in silence. We must be silent no more.




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Zelie Hummer

St Vincent '20

Saint Vincent College 2020 ~ Chemistry Major, Creative Writing Minor Hello! I'm Zelie and I love writing for HerCampus! Being able to give a voice to my opinions and thoughts and have them published is amazing. I really enjoy my major and going to college at SVC. But I would be nowhere without the support of my faith, family, and my friends! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my articles:)  "Keep your face always towards the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you." ~Walt Whitman
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