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Student pro-life group honored
Marist High School photo
Marist for Life students hold vigil in front of Planned Parenthood.
Marist High School photo
Marist for Life students hold vigil in front of Planned Parenthood.

EUGENE – Marist High School’s student pro-life club, Marist For Life, was named high school group of the month for September by Students for Life of America.

Since the beginning of the school year, Marist for Life students have been participating in pro-life events. A diaper drive brought in more than 1,000 diapers for the local pregnancy center, 1st Way. Students just finished a "40 Days for Life" campaign, during which they maintained a regular presence praying outside Planned Parenthood. Students were on the front lines almost every Saturday, the day of the week with the highest number of abortions.

“It was a way to evangelize, not judge, and truly prayerfully support women making such a hard decision,” said Tate Rupp, Marist for Life student president.

Marist for Life, with about 20 active members, took part in an effort called the West Coast National Chalk Day this fall. They set a goal of drawing 3,500 hearts, representing the number of abortions which occur daily in the U.S.

The team wrote the message, “Abortion stops 3,500 hearts every day” in block letters across the courtyard then began drawing chalk hearts. Before long, at least 50 students were drawing hearts and many more were present showing support.

“It was awe-inspiring to experience students educating one another on respect for life,” said Heidi Sušec, the teacher who moderates Marist for Life.

“Marist for Life students are raising the bar for high school pro-life groups," says Rebekah Barnes, Students for Life of America Regional Coordinator.

For more information go to www.maristforlife.weebly.com.

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