Activists make stop in South Lake Tahoe |

Activists make stop in South Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

Pro-life group walking across the nation

By William Ferchland

Tribune staff writer

Walking from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., for most of the summer is tough, but not the most difficult part.

In Patrick Carter’s eyes, the most taxing part of walking across country is having nine strangers by his side.

Carter is part of a group advocating pro-life through prayer and education through the program Crossroads.

Since 1973, when the Supreme Court ruled abortion legal through Roe v. Wade, 45 million abortions have occurred, Carter said.

“I feel it’s kind of my obligation to do something,” Carter said, whose group was in South Lake Tahoe Thursday. “A huge chunk of generation is being destroyed.”

Not all 10 walk. An RV is available for the other nine while one person walks. Carter said he brought minimal provisions but has two pairs of shoes.

The group plans to stop at parishes to spread the word and hopefully collect donations. Host families are scattered along the route, as are campgrounds.

A stop at a Reno abortion clinic was also planned, Carter said, adding the group was only concerned with praying in front and talking to people walking in and out.

“We have a sort of holocaust going and it’s killing the most innocent of us,” he said.

Elizabeth Daub, who directs the walk from St. Louis, said the walkers were approaching Reno by Friday evening.

Crossroads was initiated by Steve Sanborn who heard the Pope speak at World Youth Day in Denver in 1993, the Web site states. Sanborn was so moved by the Pope’s message of youth involvement that he set out in 1995 with nine others to promote pro-life.

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