Yesterday came the tragic news that young pro-lifer Andrew Moore, age 20, (not my son-in-law) of Concord, California, was struck and killed by a car while walking in Indiana as part of the Crossroads summer sojourn to raise awareness against abortion. Reported

At the time of his death, Moore, a Catholic, was reportedly praying the rosary.

Moore was  participating in the Crossroads Walk Across America – five separate, simultaneous journeys of college students traversing the U.S. and Canada in defense of the unborn. A rising junior from Concord, California, Moore was part of the Central Walk, which began in San Francisco on May 19 and will conclude in Washington, D.C., on August 9.

On the group’s website, Moore, 20, talked about why he joined the Crossroads tour.

“I heard about Crossroads from (Jason Handcock, a Crossroads director) when he gave a talk at Thomas Aquinas College. I had already been involved in the pro-life movement for several years: when I am at home I pray in front of the local abortion mill almost every day, and try to speak to the people going in,” he said.

Moore added, “Crossroads sounded like a good way to serve God and help His children. Having hardly ever left California and my sedate suburban life I was also interested in seeing the country, meeting new good people, and just doing something crazy! I have been considering a vocation to the priesthood for some time and Crossroads is a great way to work on my discernment: prayer, sacrifice, and separation from the distractions of the world.”

I was so sorry to learn of Andrew’s death. He sounds like a wonderful young man, in a sense a martyr for the preborn.

Here were some of the news headlines:

Meanwhile, a man named Michael Judge, from North Attleboro, Massachusetts, was found dead on a running track on July 19, apparently of natural causes while exercising.

Michael was a “well-known area anti-abortion activist,” according to The Sun Chronicle, hence the photo, right, and these headlines:

This all got me to thinking that when I die I probably will get headlines along these lines. I expect I will foremost be known for the stand I took against abortion. And although I am foremost a wife, mother, and grandmother, to be remembered for this would be a good thing.

How do you want to be remembered? Do you think your stand against (or for) abortion will be part of your obituary?

Again, we are so sorry for these losses of pro-life stalwarts.

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