I am Ashley Erd and this was my third time going on the March for Life!

As I left for the March, I really did not have many expectations. I knew what I was going for and what my views and beliefs were. Since I have been before I figured it would just be an easy walk in the park no different from any other time, but for some reason this one was different. I did a lot of thinking and evaluating of my own life; I was reflecting on things like my family, friends and most importantly all the blessings I have in my life.

What directed my thinking to this was when a women (let’s call her Jen) gave her abortion story. At the age of 18 Jen had an abortion. She was at a very low point in her life, struggling with life and drugs. As she spoke to us I felt anger inside, thinking “How could you? That’s awful. Do you even know what you have done?” The thing was she did know, and now she lives with it every day. Also because of this experience she lost connections with family and never had the chance to reconcile with some people, one being her mother!

March for Life

By the time Jen was done talking I could not believe her story. I couldn’t believe how brave she was to stand in front of a group who were pro-life and confess her abortion story. Jen is a strong woman who tells her story so others don’t make the same mistake.

I look up to Jen and I wish I had the chance to thank her because she made me think about how making certain decisions in life are very important and every decision we make, even the smallest one, follows us all the way through life! So on Friday I did not only march for the unborn babies, I marched for mothers, Jen, family and decision-making.

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Ashley Erd
Psychology Major
Hometown: Toledo

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