Minnesota priest Fr. Mike Schmitz headlines March for Life

"Abortion and what it’s done has broken our hearts."

Fr. Mike Schmitz speaks at the annual March for Life Friday in Washington, D.C. (March for Life Education and Defense Fund/YouTube)

Minnesota priest Fr. Mike Schmitz, host of the chart-topping “Bible in a Year” podcast, headlined the annual March for Life Friday in Washington, D.C.

A priest in the Diocese of Duluth and chaplain at the University of Minnesota, Schmitz told the story of his grandmother, Helen, a head nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in the 1970s when the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down by the Supreme Court.

“Helen knew that people mattered. She knew that children mattered. She knew her nurses mattered,” Schmitz told the crowd. “She hated the fact that this hospital that had done such good in the world, in that part of the world, was now about to do so much evil.”

Helen went to the board of directors and told them she would leave if the hospital didn’t stop performing abortions.

“In that moment, Helen stood, and they said: ‘You can leave,’” he said. “So, in that moment, Helen walked.”

“It broke her heart. It almost destroyed her life. She never went back to nursing,” Schmitz continued.

He said so many people attend the March for Life each year for the same reason, because “abortion and what it’s done has broken our hearts.”

The annual march drew an estimated 50,000 people this year and coincided with the Supreme Court’s consideration of a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade.