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Archdiocese of St. Louis forced to change plans for March for Life trip

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The Archdioceses had to cancel a planned trip to Washington, D.C. because of the winter storm. The Archdioceses had to cancel a planned trip to Washington, D.C. because of the winter storm.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has been sending busloads of people to take part in the March For Life for 43 years.

There have been some years when the weather was questionable, but they still went. But they didn't want to mess with the current storm that's threatening to paralyze the Washington, D.C area.

They decided to cancel the trip. About 75 students from Bishop DuBourg High School were signed up for the trip. Wednesday morning about roughly five hours before they were scheduled to leave, Colleen Gosser got a text message.

“And it said it's canceled and immediately my thoughts were to freak out and it was like 'What's going on..?” Gosser said.

What was going on was one of the worst blizzards in decades was projected to hit Washington, D.C. on the same day as the March.

“We've been tracking the weather and it was going to snow then we found out what kind of storm it would be,” Brian Miller, with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, said.

The Archdiocese says more than 40 buses were chartered, roughly 600 hotel rooms booked and canceling the trip may cost the Archdiocese about $100,000.

But a spokesperson says after considering the severity of the storm that's hitting Washington, D.C. there was really no choice but to cancel.

“Really to be pro-life, we have to protect lives of youth entrusted to our care as well,” Miller said. “So to be consistent in our life message we thought this was the best thing to do.”

Miller says the Archdiocese considered perhaps staying an extra night in Washington, D.C. rather than returning on Saturday.

“Staying an extra night could have easily turned into staying an extra two, three, four nights,” Miller said.

Gosser believes they can now focus on St. Louis.

“I mean god works in mysterious ways. And yes there's going to be a terrible snow storm in D.C., but now we can refocus here in St. Louis,” Gosser said.

Because the trip was canceled the archdiocese has scheduled a St. Louis March For Life.

It will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cathedral Basilica in the Central West End. Many of those who were going to go to Washington, D.C. are expected to attend.

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