by Maria Vitale Gallagher
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
June 9, 2005
Sacramento, CA (LifeNews.com) — A group of young pro-life activists are meeting with pro-abortion California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to discuss the problem of Catholics in public office who support legal abortion.
“This is a dedicated group of individuals who want to talk to the governor about a basic Catholic teaching: You can’t be both Catholic and pro-abortion," said Joe Starrs, director of Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church.
Gov. Schwarzenegger has been targeted in the pro-life group’s “Deadly Dozen” campaign. The campaign identifies pro-abortion Catholics in public office, asking them to stop their support for abortion or cease calling themselves Catholic.
“As a Catholic in the public eye, Gov. Schwarzenegger has a tremendous opportunity to defend the sanctity of all human life,” said Anne Kadera, a senior at the University of Kentucky who is part of the student group. “It is our hope that he will see this truth and use his position to protect innocent babies in the womb.”
In addition to meeting with elected officials, the group of young adults will walk through the streets of Los Angeles and do sidewalk counseling at twenty-two of the city’s abortion facilities. Members of the group, who are from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, will also speak at Catholic parishes. Their two-month journey through California is taking them from San Diego to Sacramento.
Other walks planned by the pro-life organization include one in the Great Lakes region and one in the Northeast. Young people from all three walks will meet in Washington, D.C. at the end of July.
Walkers say their mission is twofold: “to end abortion and to bring everyone to the fullness of the truth.”
The crusade’s web site states: “The Culture of Death has led to the destruction of more than one-third of our generation. It is about time that we rally to the aid of our brothers and sisters in the womb."
The media director for the crusade, Emily Bissonnette, says the 50 young adults who are participating "are so passionate about the pro-life ministry."
"It is commitment like this, as well as the participation of young Catholics from Canada and Mexico, which reminds us that this is not a political endeavor or a ploy to campaign for certain candidates," she said.
The Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church began in January of 2003 and has conducted a number of ad campaigns and protests. For more information about the walks, visit www.CrusadeForLife2005.com.