Walk against abortion makes stop in St. Louis

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A group of 13 young anti-abortion activists, including three from the St. Louis area, are to talk at churches and join a protest march this weekend in their walk across America for the cause.

They are part of Crossroads Pro-Life of Columbia, Md., which has organized annual marches since 1994. Three groups, including the one here this weekend, stepped off May 18 from different West Coast locations and are to meet Aug. 13 in Washington.

Each group walks in two alternating shifts and covers about 60 miles each day, said Matt Sinak, 20, of south St. Louis County, one of the marchers. Members take turns sleeping in an RV that follows along.

“It’s a tiring experience, but we are here to witness the pro-life cause and we have met many interesting people,” Sinak said.

The other two from the St. Louis area are Dennis Stoll, 22, of Florissant, and Megan Otten, 21, of South County. They stayed Friday with Stoll’s parents, Jeanne and Jeff Stoll.

Dave Kelch of Pittsburgh, their leader, said they would split up this weekend and talk during Masses at several area parishes. They also are to participate in a protest march today to the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in St. Louis.

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