WASHINGTON DC, May 22 (LSN.ca/CWNews.com) – Crossroads, a group which walks across the US to herald the pro-life message, was stopped from crossing the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. Crossroads kicked off its annual pilgrimage Monday.
Crossroads was begun in the early 90’s by students at Franciscan University of Steubenville and now each summer, pro-life college students walk across the country, pray at abortion facilities, speak at churches, and host town hall meetings to educate the public about abortion.
Leaving from San Francisco and heading to Toronto, the walkers approached the Golden Gate bridge. As the walkers were crossing the bridge, bridge patrol officers stopped them. According to the patrol, the walkers’ T-shirts are not allowed on the bridge. On the front, the T-shirts read “Pro-Life.” An American flag is on the back.
The walkers were informed that the pro-life shirts are a form of political protest. If the walkers didn’t comply with the request to desist, they could be punished with a $10,000 fine and a year in jail.
Martha Nolan, director of Crossroads, commented “Officers ordered our team members– who were wearing pro-life T-shirts– to remove their shirts. America is pro-life, and pro-life Americans should not be targeted for discrimination — especially in the San Francisco Bay area, where the right to free expression is held in high regard.” Nolan says the group is planning legal action so as to stem such discrimination.