May 5, 2004
'Walk Across America ' Under Way
by Steve Jordahl, correspondent
Pro-lifers are putting feet to their faith — literally.
Operation Save America — formerly Operation Rescue — is drawing attention to the holocaust of abortion with a Walk Across America.
The event started March 2 in San Clemente, Calif. — the home of Richard Nixon, who was president when the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision came down legalizing abortion.
"We are going to end up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue where George W. Bush is president and Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land," said the Rev. Flip Benham, Operation Save America's director.
The goal is to call the church and the nation to repent for failing to protect the preborn, Benham said. A key part of the effort is a demonstration that features an aborted baby in a casket, a horse representing judgment and a donkey representing mercy.
"When God's words fail, He speaks in living parables," Benham said in explaining the demonstration, which has met with criticism along the road. "This is a living parable."
Benham's passion for spreading the truth about abortion is also on display — a passion he says is his life's mission.
"I'm going to go down standing up in the name of Jesus Christ," he said, "and I pray that I just fall over the barbed wire and my kids run right over my back and continue storming the gates of hell."
Dr. Julie Parton, who heads the pregnancy resource center ministry at Focus on the Family, said the goal is worthy.
"The idea of helping restore meaning to the word 'abortion' is a very admirable goal, because I do think it's a word that's just been used so much that people are kind of oblivious or immune to it," she said.
But within the pro-life community, reaction to the walk has been mixed, she added.
"I think some folks would feel that it's probably a needed component to the debate," Parton said. "I think others would tell you that it sets back their work."
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Operation Save America's Walk Across America is in Colorado this week and then on to Kansas. Benham said members will walk the entire route to Washington, D.C. except where the road is impassible on foot. To learn more, please see the Operation Save America Web site.
Also, with the powerful booklet "Pro-Life 101" you'll learn to accurately represent the issue of abortion, support the pro-life view both scientifically and philosophically, plus learn to refute five common objections to pro-life views. Included is a presentation to use when speaking on abortion, study questions for review, questions to make abortion advocates think, and a list of resources to help persuasively defend the pro-life position.
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