(WICHITA, Kan.) — "I thought it was a very ambitious project, and thought it would be great if Wichita could develop the brand new reputation as the pro-life capital of the world," Rob Rotola says.
Rotola is pastor at Word of Life Church which owns land at 37th and Meridian which is the planned site for the National Pro-Life Memorial and International Life Center.
Pastor Mark Holick from Spirit One Church is one of the project leaders.
"We need a place to come and properly grieve and memorialize the children that we've lost to abortion," Holick says.
Holick says the facility would attract people from across the nation, both as a place to grieve and reflect, and a place to get counseling and support. It would aim to help those in the midst of crisis pregnancies and those who have had abortions.
Holick says the idea has ben percolating since the "Summer of Mercy" abortion protests outside George Tiller's clinic in 1991.