This week, Michael Wanta will travel 17 hours by bus to the March for Life, an annual protest against abortion that draws about 200,000 people each year to Washington, D.C.
It will be the 18-year-old’s third consecutive year of participation.
“From the first time I heard about abortion, I understood it was a bad thing, that children were being killed,” said Wanta, a senior at St. Ambrose Academy, a Catholic school on Madison’s West Side.
Raised Catholic, Wanta said his religious views inform everything he believes, including his views on abortion. “It’s in the 10 Commandments: Thou shalt not kill.”
He remembers praying the rosary with his family as a middle-school student outside the Planned Parenthood clinic on Madison’s East Side, which provides abortions. He figures he’s been back 30 or so times, sometimes by himself, other times with friends.