A LOVE FOR LIFE
Top: Katie Monnin, Bottom: Natalie Carder
My name is Natalie Carder. I am a second year, Early Childhood Education major here at BGSU. I come from a small
town, Elida, which is just outside of Lima, OH. I was born and raised in a Catholic home. I went to St. Gerard’s in Lima, and eventually found that being pro-life is something that I am very passionate about. I have been to the March for life many times, and every time I go I am shocked of how many people are just as passionate about this as I am.
When coming to college I was unsure of how I would be able to express this passion because many people do not have the same beliefs as I do. This quickly went away as I met one of my best friends who was just as passionate as I am, and we joined the on-campus organization, Falcons for Life. Today, I am Vice-President of this organization and this year we went to the Benefit for Life Gala. I was shocked of how formal this event was, but quickly felt right at home when I ran into some familiar faces from St. Tom’s.
The speaker of the night was Jennifer Christie and she shared her story of how a business trip took a horrific turn when she was raped and almost killed, later finding out that she was pregnant from rape. Instead of seeing this as a mistake, or a horrible circumstance, she saw it as a blessing. I was personally brought to tears hearing her tell this story. To hear how she fought every piece of this gruesome situation and turn it into a story of love.
God doesn’t make mistakes, and Jennifer proved that. She, and many others have showed me that all life is precious. We need to protect all life from the womb to tomb, and we do this with love. Usually when this topic is brought up in a social setting, it is fought with facts and sometimes turns into an argument. We are taught many times in the Bible to love, and the louder we love, the more likely we are to be heard.