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Below the photo you will find links to media outlets who covered yesterday’s Walk For Life West Coast.
We will post more as they are published, and you can always check our “Media Page.” Go here, and select the “2017” tab.
Ahhhh. Bless them all!!
Here are more great photos from Walk for Life West Coast media team member Jose Aguirre. These are large files. Click on any image for a full size version.
Check these shots out. Maybe you are in one!
Here are some shots of the rally from Walk for Life West Coast Media Team member Jose Aguirre. Much more to come!
That means YOU, Walk for Lifers! God bless and thanks so many who came out yesterday to demand the protection of the littlest among at the 13th Annual Walk for Life West Coast. We’ll be uploading more Walk coverage and photo throughout the day.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 21, 2017 _ Less than two hours before another San Francisco protest against President Donald Trump was set to launch, the city’s annual pro-woman, pro-life Walk for Life West Coast drew tens of thousands to a rally and march that stretched for almost two miles today.
The 13th annual Walk for Life West Coast is a non-partisan event held on the Saturday closest to the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. This year Trump’s inauguration sparked a hastily organized nationwide series of Women’s Marches the same day, with San Francisco’s march at 3 p.m., shortly after the Walk rally concluded.
“The police were out in full force and did a great job,” Walk co-chair Eva Muntean said. “There were so many people, it was crazy.” Despite days of rain, including heavy rain and wind in the morning, the rain held off until the Walk’s conclusion. “I thought the weather and the Women’s March might have reduced turnout, but that was not the case.”
“Your light must shine now,” said Baptist Rev. Clenard Childress, who has spoken at almost every Walk since 2005, telling the crowd, “This is your time. This is your season.”
Referring tacitly to Trump’s pledge to defund Planned Parenthood and block foreign aid to organizations that provide abortion, Childress said, “It is a season where God is moving on behalf of those who have labored for so long.” He urged prayers for Democratic and Republican leaders in Washington, D.C.
Other speakers included Melissa Ohden who spoke about surviving being aborted, and the importance of responding with love to women who chose abortion, and those in the abortion industry. Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow’s mother Pam spoke of resisting doctor’s advice to abort Tim; and Reggie Littlejohn, founder of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers highlighted the abuse of women by China’s forced abortion policy where as many as 23 million abortions a year are performed.
The Walk opened with an invocation by Bishop Stephen Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, and a message of support from Pope Francis read by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. Archbishop Cordileone presented the St. Gianna Molla Award to Dr. George Delgado for his pioneering work on a procedure to reverse the abortion pill.
Founded in 2005 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area residents, the Walk for Life West Coast’s mission is to change the perceptions of a society that thinks abortion is an answer.
Going to be a beautiful day in San Francisco!
And our setup crew is already at work!
See you all at Civic Center Plaza!
Nice, comprehensive article in Our Sunday Visitor about tomorrow’s Walk for Life West Coast:
Walk for Life West Coast wants to ‘keep momentum going’ Organizer, speakers set to join thousands of pro-life advocates Saturday for the 13th annual event in San Francisco
The 13th annual Walk for Life West Coast will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, in San Francisco, kicking off with a 12:30 p.m. rally in the city’s Civic Center Plaza. The walk is a West Coast alternative to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., both of which roughly coincide with the 44th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that struck down the nation’s abortion laws. The goal of the Walk for Life West Coast is to “stand for life. To reach out to women harmed by abortion. To inform society of the damage done to women by abortion.”
Organizers are hoping for a strong turnout despite the likelihood of rain and the expectancy of a large number of people protesting the inauguration of President Donald Trump. During the first walk 7,500 came; last year, more than 50,000 took part.
Eva Muntean co-founded the event after seeing the need for a “sister” event to the Washington, D.C., walk. “We’ve seen reports that abortion rates are at historic lows,” she said. “We want to keep the momentum going. We’re hopeful that we’re making a difference in our nation’s policies.”
Featured speakers include Pam Tebow, mother of former professional athlete Tim Tebow, abortion survivor Melissa Ohden, Rev. Clenard Childress, founder of BlackGenocide.org, and Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers…”
Pro-lifers are arriving from near and far for the Walk for Life West Coast! Here’s a group of about 60-70 from Arizona. They come from St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix, St. Timothy’s Church in Mesa, and St. Joan of Arc Church in North West Phoenix, and are being hosted at Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco.
They stopped by Saints Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco’s North Beach for lunch at the parish center–check out the empty pizza boxes on the left:
We spoke with a few of the students. A young lady named Crystal was here for the first time. She told us why she came: “Because I wanted to take a prominent stand against abortion!”
Sophia from St. Mary’s said “Because abortion is evil. So many children are dying, and I want to come and do this small thing if it will help.”
Therese, from St. Mary’s, was at the Walk for the first time. She told us “I want to get the pro-life message out with love. So many groups on the opposite side are not very open to those with differing points of view. We are loving and open, but we are still certain that this is a moral issue that abortion is wrong.”
The young people spent some time in prayers at Saints Peter and Paul:
Then they left to continue their pilgrimage to various churches around San Francisco. Tonight, they will be at the 6PM vigil at St. Dominic’s. God Bless them!
You know Don Bosco is happy with all these young visitors to a Salesian parish!