As the photos show, the presence of the ND 88--those arrested protesting Obama's
commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame last year and who await
trial--was extremely effective during this year's March for Life.
Fr. John Jenkins and to their credit, a very large contingent of ND students,
were presented with the message: "Fr. Jenkins: Free the Notre Dame 88." The
Notre Dame Observer has an article about
Fr. Jenkins participation
in the March for Life 2010. (There is a
blog beneath the article about Fr. Jenkins participation in the March for Life.
Please leave a comment in this blog.)
Fr. John Jenkins
(Photo by Ann Scheidler)
10,000 pieces of literature were easily distributed to March participants.
Hundreds of people stopped by the banners to inquire about the on-going court
case, took literature and assured us that they would write to Fr. Jenkins and
ask him to request the district attorney to drop all charges.
During the March, Joe Scheidler of the Pro-life Action League, who is an ND
alumnus, actually spoke with Fr. Jenkins and urged him to do the right thing. We
know of others who also had a chance to speak to Fr. Jenkins on behalf of the ND
article about this encounter
with Fr. Jenkins.
(There is a blog beneath the article by Joe
Scheidler about his talk with Fr. John Jenkins. Please a leave a comment in this
Some Notre Dame students seemed to understand our position—but many others were
cool and aloof when we tried to enage them in conversation. Quite a few were
under the false impression that there was nothing much Fr. Jenkins could do. Let
me say this—that we have nothing but respect for all those wonderful ND students
who attended this year’s March.