Sudbury, ON – Eight youth aged 18 to 30 came to Sudbury on Friday, July 20th as part of the annual Crossroads Cross-Country Walk for Life. This stop was one of 59 cities starting on May 22nd in Vancouver, B.C. and ending in Ottawa on August 11th.
While passing through Sudbury, the group was hosted by community members and made eight presentations to local parishes. They ended their Sudbury stint enjoying a lunch with the youth group of St. Mathieu’s parish at the Water Gate Spiritual Centre.
The Crossroads walk requires participants to walk across most of the country alternately in the day and night. Self-sacrifice is a must, but is seen as a small price to pay for such animportant message. The main purpose of the group is to encourage Canadians to recognize the preciousness of pre-born life. They do this through presentations in churches, peaceful prayer vigils in front of hospitals that perform abortions, and counseling.
However, this group is not ready to villainize the woman that has had an abortion. On the contrary, they state, “We pray that people will understand that to be pro-life means to be pro-woman, and that to be pro-woman demands that we be pro-life.” The love for the pre-born child is not lost, as the group senses the urgency to advocate for the unborn. “We pray that [God] will make us advocates for the babies, who cannot speak or write or vote or protest or even pray.”
Sudbury Right to Life was thrilled that Crossroads chose Sudbury as one of its stops en route to parliament, reflected by a statement from Sudbury Right to Life President, Mr. Richard St. Denis: “Abortion happens. It happens in our city. These young people are just letting us know that, if you think about it, there are other options out there, and yes, that these pre-born children are human beings. We hope that those who agree with that statement will join in the effort to help protect, not only the child, but also the hurting mother that obviously doesn’t see any way out.”
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