Area schools promote life at annual program

By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – The A.B. Dore Gym’s walls were lined with posters like “One half of all patients that enter an abortion clinic do not come out alive,” “It’s a Child, Not a Choice” and “Who will speak for those who have no voice?” as well as students as the school’s annual Right to Life program took place.

The chance of showers forced the schools to cancel the annual march that precedes the program, but the message of program was still reached.

Co-emcees Kylie Garber and Seth Richard, Campus Ministry president and vice president, respectively, welcomed everyone in attendance to the program that Garber referred to as the school’s “main event of Catholic Schools Week.”

The event began with an opening prayer from Father Matthew Higginbotham, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Crowley.

“God does not make mistakes and accidents,” he said. “It is up to us to defend every heartbeat.”

Following Principal Cindy Istre’s welcome and the announcement of the winners of the 1B poster contest, the program was turned over to Julie Palumbo, guest speaker from the Women’s Center of Lafayette.

Palumbo spoke of her experience of choosing adoption over abortion.

“January is a very important month to me on account that it is Pro-Life Month,” she said. “It means that we, as Catholics and as Christians, need to do everything we can to save lives. That is my number one goal in life.”

Palumbo remains involved in her daughter’s life and says it has been the best experience.

“My daughter is a beautiful young lady and she would have never had that chance if I would have chosen abortion.”

Palumbo was helped in her decision by the Women’s Center of Lafayette, she explained, and now works for them as well.

“I’m just here to let you know that there are other options,” said Palumbo. “Every single child is meant to be here.”

After she spoke, Richard reminded those in attendance that while abortion gets the most attention, being pro-life also means fighting for the rights of those that would be victims of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The program then turned to looking at oneself and one’s personal relationship in God. A chance at self-reflection was made possible by Greg Boudreaux and Angelique Marcantel of Dumb Ox Productions’ feature film, “Mystery Trip,” which focused on teens trying to learn to trust God wholeheartedly through a retreat to an unknown destination.

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