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Pastor hopes to build pro-life memorial in Wichita

Organizers say half a million people a year would come to grieve and seek support

June 07, 2012|By Jim Grawe | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News

(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.


"At one time Wichita was known as the abortion capital of America," Holick says.  "We feel this would be a good place to memorialize all those children."

A fundraising organization out of Washington D.C. has been enlisted to raise money for the project worldwide.  It will take millions of dollars to get it built.

The land is in the midst of a residential area.  But, for such a controversial issue, people in the nearby neighborhood seem okay with it.

"That's fine by me," Robert Hendrix says.  "It's got to be in somebody's neighborhood.  It should be in everybody's neighborhood."

There's no timeline for construction.  It all depends on when and if the money comes in.

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