FLS didn’t cover residents marching for life

Hundreds of Fredericksburg-area residents of all ages attended the annual March for Life in Washington on Jan. 18, but your reading public had no clue. The Free Lance–Star chose to ignore, and not for the first time, these many local activists in the pro-life movement, resulting in zero coverage.

Could this national gathering have taken our local newspaper by surprise? Hardly! The first March for Life took place in 1974 and has occurred every year since on or around Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court.

Additionally, I often alert the editors of the upcoming march as opportunities for news or feature stories.

This year’s participants included:

St. William of York in Stafford County sent 80 people in two buses . St. Patrick Church in Spotsylvania also filled two buses.

Two separate groups of students from the University of Mary Washington traveled to D.C. for the march: a van full of Catholic Campus Ministry members as well as a delegation from Students for Life.

Twenty-five Holy Cross Academy students boarded the Virginia Railway Express to join the thousands from around the U.S. Two ladies from Eley’s Ford Baptist Church also chose to take the train this year.

Fredericksburg’s St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church had 110 riders in two buses, with another bus holding 55 attending the youth rally.

Unknown numbers of other local residents drove their personal vehicles to this annual event.

Running the short piece on the March for Life provided by the Associated Press every year just does not cut it for your readership, who want more than the 5 W’s. They are looking for local color. Maybe next year, on Jan. 24, 2020, the FLS will provide it!

Kathleen M. Mahoney


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