SEATTLE, SAN FRANCISCO, LOS ANGELES – Dozens of college students from around the country are walking across the United States and Canada this summer to spread the pro-life message as part of Crossroads. Walking from the west coast to Washington, DC these students will be wearing t-shirts with “Pro-Life” written in giant letters to attract attention. They will speak at parishes along the way, with media, and with those they meet. Other duties include praying and counseling outside of abortion clinics.
The ultimate goal is to touch hearts and minds at a grassroots level. By educating and raising awareness, walkers hope to promote the idea that there are alternatives to abortion and that support systems are available. They also hope to encourage others to get involved in the pro-life movement.
Groups will depart on May 24th from Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and converge in Washington, D.C. on August 16th for a pro-life rally at the Capitol. The walk in Canada will depart on May 24th from Vancouver, British Columbia and will end at a pro-life rally on August 16th in Ottawa, Ontario.
“Last summer, I was blessed to hear and learn from the many testimonies that people shared from their lives about how the pro-life movement has positively impacted their lives. I am looking forward to the many new experiences I will share with my new team, and to once again give a voice to the voiceless,” said Alex Wilson, who walked the Northern route in 2013 and is the walk leader for this year’s Central Walk.
With the exception of flights to California and home from Washington D.C., Crossroads is funded fully through donations collected along the way, online, and through mail. Donations are tax deductible, and Crossroads is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit.
Founded in 1995, Crossroads is a civil rights group that follows the Catholic doctrine of teaching that life should be valued from conception to natural death. They have recently added pro-life walks in Spain, Ireland, and Australia.