march for life, pro life, regina angelorum academyThis month, Regina Angelorum Academy students, faculty and family members will attend the 2024 March for Life in Washington DC. This annual event rallies the pro-life community around the cause of respecting the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. RAA students go beyond the March for Life by spending the month studying about the sanctity of all human life.

January 2024 marks the 50th Anniversary of the March for Life.  According to PCC, churches and the pro-life community have “committed themselves to observing the sanctity of human life while praying for our nation and the prolife movement.” Regina Angelorum Academy proudly participates in the March for Life each year.

As a private, Catholic grade school, Regina Angelorum is fiercely committed to the pro-life cause.  The March for Life serves as an annual rallying cry for the unborn. Regina Angelorum Academy goes beyond the March for Life and incorporates the values of human dignity and the sanctity of human life throughout the curriculum.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Prolife Movement

harriet beecher stowe uncle tom's cabin

Portrait of Harriet Elisabeth Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 -July 1, 1896) was an American author and abolitionist. Photo engraving published 1896. Original edition is in my archives. Copyright expired and in Public Domain.

With the annual March for Life serving as a backdrop, Regina Angelorum Academy students will be studying Harriet Beecher Stowe’s seminal work, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  Stowe’s novel, published in 1852, is an American classic and is widely recognized as having helped turn the tide of public opinion against slavery.

In the novel, Stowe explores the inhuman treatment of slaves through the experience of Uncle Tom, a slave with a wife and children. Uncle Tom is sold by his owners and forced to leave his family.  He confronts the depravity of this evil institution on his journey through the novel.  The powerful narrative reveals the brutal immorality of slavery. Through the experiences of slaves like Uncle Tom, Eliza, Emmeline, Topsy and George, the reader understands the moral imperative of recognizing the sanctity and dignity of every human life.  Stowe shows the reader the unconscionable consequences of believing a person to be something less than a human.

Regina Angelorum students in 8th grade will be reading the novel.  Their teachers will organize daily small group seminars to discuss the book.  The goal is to take a deep dive into the story and understand how the immorality of slavery is like the immorality of abortion.

The Pro-Life Movement and Social Justice

The Catholic Church has been on the forefront of the pro-life movement since the Roe v. Wade and has maintained steadfast opposition to abortion for fifty years.  The Catholic Church teaches that God is the author of life.  Having been created in His image and likeness from the moment of conception, each person enjoys a fundamental dignity that is deserving of human rights and civil liberties.  It is from this foundation that the Church advocates for the unborn.

The pro-life movement sees their cause as part of the Civil Rights Movement.  The Civil Rights Era of the 1960s was fueled by belief that our rights are a gift from God, bestowed on all people.  It is no surprise that the Catholic Church, and other Christian denominations, lead the way for the Civil Rights legislation.

Regina Angelorum Academy students will study Uncle Tom’s Cabin in January.  This will serve as the foundation for February when students will study Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and his inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech.

With the March for Life providing some context, Regina Angelorum Academy students will take a careful look at social justice and human rights by studying Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  Students will explore the clear parallels between the immorality and injustice of slavery and the evils of abortion.  Slavery and abortion are institutions which reject the sanctity of human life with unconscionable consequences.