Pointers for Life Head to D.C.
Rachel Pukall
rpuka198@uwsp.edu
proLifeOnlineEdit1-31.jpgWith the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade this past week, the Pointers for Life organization sent a group of members to Washington D.C. for the March for Life.

The Pointers for Life is a pro-life organization on campus that works towards educating and helping women.

Chelsea Sommers, the President of Pointers for Life and a senior at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point majoring in elementary education, loves being able to help women and give them the resources they need.

“We work closely with First Choice, which offers free pregnancy testing and even helps with supplies after the baby is born. If someone comes to us needing resources, we will certainly give it to them,” Sommers said.

Pointers for Life also works with Rachel’s Vineyard, which is a place women who have had abortions can go to get help with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“The March for Life is the biggest protest in Washington D.C.,” Sommers said.

The first march was held on January 22, 1974 on the West Strips of the Capitol, with an estimated 20,000 prolife activists. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade case and in order to raise awareness to fellow Americans, the theme of the march included an equation: 40=55M. This symbolizes the forty years that have gone by and the 55 million abortions since the landmark case. 

​January 22nd marked the 40th anniversary of
Roe v. Wade, and on January 25th Hundreds
marched on the National Mall in a pro life
demonstration. Photo by Joshua Zdroik.

Josh Zdroik, a junior at UWSP majoring in political science and communication, and vice president of The Pointers for Life, attended the trip to Washington D.C.

“It was a tremendous experience. There were 500,000 to 600,000 young people marching, which is amazing,” Zdroik said.

Besides the march, which was the big event of the trip, the group got to view monuments, attend church, and visit the Smithsonian. 

The Pointers for Life also held a rally on Sunday afternoon. A group of people started a march at the courthouse and concluded with a speaker, Cate Zeuske-Gard, in the Laird room of the DUC. Zeuske-Gard spoke about the Affordable Healthcare Act and its impact on pro-life issues.  It is the fifth year they have done this and Zdroik’s second year being a part of it.

“I love it. It’s such a great experience, and it’s great to be able to interact with other students and spread a message I believe in,” Zdroik said.