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The Times
  • Life Ride 2012 goes through Little Falls

  • A California man has nearly 400 miles left in his journey to raise funds and awareness to help an organization that counsels women contemplating an abortion.



    Tom Massoth, a volunteer with the organization Birth Choice Health Clinic in California, made an overnight stop in Little Falls on Monday as part of his journey from Los Angeles to Boston.

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  • A California man has nearly 400 miles left in his journey to raise funds and awareness to help an organization that counsels women contemplating an abortion.
    Tom Massoth, a volunteer with the organization Birth Choice Health Clinic in California, made an overnight stop in Little Falls on Monday as part of his journey from Los Angeles to Boston.
     “I’m an avid bicyclist, but this is the first time I’ve done an organized, long-distance journey like this,” said Massoth, during a telephone interview on Monday during his stop in Little Falls.
    Massoth said he has journeyed approximately 3,150 miles as of Monday, with his wife Michele, also a volunteer at Birth Choice, following along in a car. He said there were about 20 or so other bicyclists who were making the coast-to-coast trip.
    “I’ve always dreamed of doing something like this, to raise awareness to the pro-life cause,” he said. “We thought this ride was quirky enough to draw attention to it.”
    So far, Massoth said the weather has been “pretty good.”
    “It has been really spectacular, with some rain in Little Falls. We also had some rain in Ohio, other than that, [the weather] has been very kind,” he said.
    Massoth said he was inspired to combine his passion for bicycling with his passion for life, and came up with the idea for Life Ride 2012.
    “It occurred to me that based on statistics, some 40,980 children will be lost during the time it takes me to ride across the U.S.A. I thought it would be great if I could raise one dollar for every life lost during my ride and give it directly to Birth Choice,” said Massoth in a news release.  
    Birth Choice Health Clinics are dedicated to helping mothers in crisis pregnancies so they can carry their babies to term and give them life.  
    “Most women do not choose to terminate a pregnancy because it is the best choice, but because they feel they have no other choice.” he said. “Birth Choice Health Clinics give them another choice and offers vital services free of charge to help them.”
    Massoth said he has three goals for his Life Ride 2012: Raise awareness that pregnancy centers like Birth Choice exist to help women in crisis pregnancies; encourage people across our nation to pray for men and women facing unplanned and crisis pregnancies so they do not fall into despair; offer a way to financially support the Birth Choice Health Clinics where he volunteers by raising $40,980 so they can continue to provide life saving care.
    “The majority of abortion-minded women who find their way to Birth Choice change their mind when they see their baby during the ultrasound procedure,” said Massoth. “The reality hits them when they hear the heartbeat and see the baby’s features.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Massoth said 80 percent of the women who see the ultrasound choose to carry the baby to term.
    Massoth’s journey has been tracked on his blog http://tomsliferide2012.blogspot.com. He said he’s made a post to his blog on every day of his trip, which started on Mother’s Day. He expects to finish his journey on Friday.
    “From California, to Arizona, the farmlands in Indiana, it’s been quite an adventure,” he said.
    To support Life Ride 2012, go to his blog and click on the “Donate to Birth Choice” button on the lower left side. Checks can be mailed to Birth Choice Headquarters by noting Life Ride 2012 on the memo line. The address is: ATTN: Life Rider Tom/Birth Choice Headquarters/92 Argonaut Suite 205/Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.
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