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Comparing Walk for Lifers to those who oppose the Walk may seem like shooting fish in a barrel, but it is, in fact, quite instructive. Here’s an article from Regina Magazine by “Kenneth Chavez” (“pseudonym of a West Coast Clergyman”)
“I have been attending the ‘Walk for Life West Coast’ for years. Like many, I am always amazed that 50,000 to 70,000 people can literally swarm over the bulk of downtown San Francisco — to resounding silence in the mainstream media. It’s as if only some people’s voices matter.
As usual, there are protesters. They stand on the sidewalk and shout slogans and epithets at the walkers. But oddly, there seemed to be fewer of them this year.
Nevertheless. their appearance enables all of us to make some pretty significant comparisons.
On the ‘Walk for Life’ there are many older and middle aged people, though the vast majority are young — high school or college students.
Bizarrely, the protesters are always middle aged or older.
The contrast is enormous. On the ‘Walk’ there are many young people smiling, singing and chattering as they walk along. The energy level is high, the mood expansive.
And on the sidewalk there are the old people, with angry expressions, screaming with venom and fury, defensive and protective.
For us walkers, it is a bit like heaven passing the gates of Hell. It feels as if there is nothing that would allow us to cross to their side or them to cross over to ours.
I think about these protesters. I am sure they once had dreams. In many ways, according to their expectations, the world was changing. Contraception and abortion were more readily available and they were living in hope and expectation.
And now they see all these young people wanting to take the world back to what they must surely think is ‘the dark ages’; that is, when life was respected and women carried themselves with a certain dignity. And so they are angry, and they believe their anger is justified.
Their anger is manifested in costume. These people are dressed sloppily, sometimes with hats and other appendages calculated to make them appear grotesque.
Also, their angry faces and the venom in their shouts makes them the opposite of attractive. They are ugly. They show nothing that would engage others or induce people to try to understand their point of view. One older woman stood in a pelvic slouch and flashed us her middle fingers with both hands, the pinnacle of unattractive. It was utterly repelling.
Their chanting makes no sense. They scream “my body, my choice” regardless of the fact that a baby in the womb is not their body and it is a choice they should not have.
‘Walk for Life, West Coast 2017’ is now in the history books. You won’t find it in the archive of any major newspaper, but the memory of a single witness in the midst of an angry world will endure. In the memories of the young people carrying history on their shoulders and now, in the photos and articles of the alternate, honest, new media. “
“Abortion is the greatest human-rights violation the world has ever known”
Dexter Duggan, of The Wanderer, reported on the Students For Life West Coast Conference when he was in San Francisco covering the Walk for Life West Coast. Way to go, Dexter! Here are some excerpts:
“The Virginia-based Students for Life of America (SFLA) holds an annual conference on each coast the day after a major pro-life march occurs there — the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco and the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Coincidentally, both those cities had large “women’s marches” on January 21.
Tina Whittington, SFLA executive vice president, told The Wanderer that she was at the anti-Trump protest in the nation’s capital on January 21 before flying here for the SFLA conference the next day.
SFLA wanted to bring the truth to as many people as possible at the D.C. protest, she said, and actually managed to jump out in front of that march to lead it with three banners before they were attacked, harassed, and spat at and their signage mistreated. Two banners said “Abortion Betrays Women” and one said “We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood.”
The studentsforlife.org website carried a story posted January 22 about this, “Not welcome but we came anyway.”
The story reported, “It was brutal and disheartening but we stayed. We were able to have civil conversations with some participants of the march.”
Whittington told The Wanderer there was much yelling saying, “My body, my choice.”
When The Wanderer replied that the baby being aborted is a different person’s body, Whittington said, “They have to believe those (ideas) because they have a certain lifestyle they want to keep. . . . In order to live that way, they have to be okay with abortion.”
Both hats and word choices at the march were offensive, she said.
“I believe in the dignity of women,” Whittington said. “. . . But these women responded with vagina hats. It was so vulgar. How does that respond for the dignity of women?”
As for comments made from the stage, “It was so vulgar…basically reducing us to one sexual organ. I know I’m more than that,” she said.
The march sported a theme of “inclusivity and tolerance, but that wasn’t our experience,” Whittington said.
Indeed, marchers were expected to accept the pro-abortion mindset.
The frequently worn pink “pussycat” caps also had a vile significance.
The SFLA San Francisco conference had about 500 students attending, while 1,500 were expected for the January 28 conference after Washington’s March for Life, SFLA president Kristan Hawkins said. The organization has 1,171 chapters.
The one-day West Coast conference included presentations on “How to win people to our movement: What makes us equal?,” “Knowing your rights on campus,” “Heroes journey: Answering the call to adventure,” “How to speak heroically about abortion,” “Helping moms be heroes,” “Theology of the body,” and “Reaching your peers.”
Hawkins, mimicking Trump’s New York pronunciation of “huge,” drew laughter when she told the conference, “We actually have a yuge opportunity right now” with the beginning of the Trump administration.
Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence, “was trying to defund Planned Parenthood before it was cool,” she said.
Earlier in her morning remarks, Hawkins said, “Those who have stood with us, their lives have been transformed” by living for others. “. . . Abortion is the greatest human-rights violation the world has ever known. . . .
“We know where our victory is, and we’re working toward it,” she added.
“Our generation has an advantage” that previous ones lacked, she said. “We have advantages because science is on our side” — including educational technology like ultrasound. Some truths have to be told even if they’re considered difficult, she said, such as saying Planned Parenthood sells baby body parts and violates the law.
“This is not mean” to say this. “You can’t be afraid to say what it is you are against,” she said, although there are “strategic” ways to go about expressing a message.
This one is from Dennis Garrison. Very cool, nice music! Check it out:
Our Lady of Peace parish in Santa Clara was at the Walk and they’ve got a great post describing their experience and nice photos, too! Hey! Send us YOUR photos and stories! Email to email@example.com
“Yes, that’s right, I was marching in San Francisco on January 21, 2017 in the 13th Annual Walk for Life!
Tens of thousands of women, men, and children from across all the spectrum of nationalities and backgrounds gathered to speak up for the unborn and to expose the truth about abortion.
Our group from Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara, California and St. Leo the Great in San Jose was comprised of over 200 people.
First we gathered for Holy Mass at the St. Mary’s Cathedral with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. Then we walked down to the Civic Center Plaza to join other youth, young adults, families, grandparents, and all those committed to defending life against the Culture of Death….
We crossed paths a few times with angry protesters preparing for the “Women’s March” that took the same route just two hours later. But overall the event was a true testimony to the best of American democracy: that despite media claims, we have grown to value freedom of speech enough in our culture to let others say what they will even when we disagree.
As you can see in the videos from the day on the ground, the Walk for Life was peaceful, forceful, and consistent with an enduring confidence that love is stronger than hate, life is stronger than death, and abortion is never the answer. We can do better.”
SAN FRANCISCO, 21 de enero de 2017 _ A menos de dos horas antes de que se lanzara otra protesta en San Francisco contra el presidente Donald Trump, la Caminata por la Vida de la ciudad de San Francisco que es pro-mujer, pro-vida, atrajo a decenas de miles a una manifestación y Caminata que se extendía por casi dos millas el dia de hoy.
La 13º Caminata Anual por la Vida de la Costa Oeste es un evento no partidista celebrado el sábado más cercano a la decisión Roe v. Wade de la Corte Suprema que legalizo el aborto. Este año, la inauguración de Trump provocó una serie de Marchas Femeninas organizadas apresuradamente para el mismo día, con la Caminata de San Francisco a las 3 p.m., poco después de que concluyera el rally de la Caminata.
“La policía salió en masa e hizo un gran trabajo”, dijo la copresidenta de la Caminata, Eva Muntean. “Había tanta gente, era una locura.” A pesar de los días de lluvia, incluyendo fuertes lluvias y vientos en la mañana, la lluvia se detuvo hasta la conclusión de la Caminata. “Pensé que el clima y la Marcha Femenina podrían haber reducido la participación en la Caminata, pero no fue este el caso”.
“Tu luz debe brillar ahora”, dijo el Rev. Bautista Clenard Childress, quien ha hablado en casi todas las Caminatas desde el 2005, diciendo a la multitud: “Este es tu tiempo. Esta es tu temporada.”
Refiriéndose tácitamente a la promesa de Trump de retirar fondos a Planned Parenthood y bloquear la ayuda externa a las organizaciones que proporcionan el aborto, Childress dijo: “Es una temporada en la que Dios se mueve en nombre de aquellos que han trabajado durante tanto tiempo”. Alento el rezar por los Líderes Demócratas y Republicanos en Washington, DC.
Otros oradores incluyeron a Melissa Ohden quien habló sobre sobrevivir siendo abortada, y la importancia de responder con amor a las mujeres que escogen el aborto, y a aquellos en la industria del aborto. La madre de Tim Tebow, ganadora del Trofeo Heisman, Pam, habló de resistir el consejo del médico para abortar a Tim; y Reggie Littlejohn, fundadora de los Derechos de la Mujer Sin Fronteras, destacó el abuso hacia la mujer por la política del aborto forzado de China, donde se practican hasta 23 millones de abortos al año.
La Caminata inició con una invocación por el Obispo Steven Lopes del Ordinariato Personal de la Cátedra de San Pedro y un mensaje de apoyo del Papa Francisco leído por el Arzobispo de San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone. El Arzobispo Cordileone presentó el Premio St. Gianna Molla al Dr. George Delgado por su trabajo pionero en un procedimiento para revertir la píldora del aborto.
Fundada en 2005 por un grupo de residentes del Área de la Bahía de San Francisco, la misión de Caminata por la Vida de la Costa Oeste es cambiar las percepciones de una sociedad que piensa que el aborto es una respuesta.
What a great Walk for Life West Coast story! We just learned about this lady from reading Dexter Duggan’s article (see previous post) in The Wanderer:
Run For Life
The person who may have traveled the farthest for the Walk for Life was Karen Patnaude, from the Republic of Fiji, in the South Pacific Ocean, an American whose husband works there for an airline.
Patnaude, a member of the international LIFE Runners organization (www.liferunners.org), told The Wanderer that it was more than a 10-hour direct flight to reach San Francisco. Although they can spread their pro-life message through public running events, the only requirement to belong to LIFE Runners is to wear its distinctive blue shirt, she said.
“We’re living billboards of this message of truth, whether we’re walking or running or grocery shopping,” Patnaude, a non-Catholic, said. “. . . The abortion issue is a human issue. . . . The unborn baby is a human,” so it’s not just a question of “choice.”
She said there are more than 300 LIFE Runners in Fiji, and more than 5,000 in 29 nations, from ages 1 to 101.
Pat Castle, from Jefferson City, Mo., who founded the organization in 2008, was among other LIFE Runners in San Francisco for the Walk for Life. Castle said he’s a lifelong runner who has dashed along sites including the Great Wall of China.
One may hope that with the Trump presidency, the pro-life movement draws closer to a victory line.”
In March of last year’s, Karen was included in a LifeSiteNews article profiling the Life Runners:
“The Fiji islands’ LIFE Runners ‘remotely’ ran all of Utah’s ‘legs.’ But they were hit with adversity. As Fiji chapter leader Karen Patnaude explained, ‘Fiji LIFE Runners adopted the state of Utah this year to run remotely. Right in the middle of covering the legs for the A-Cross America Relay, Fiji was devastated by a Category 5 cyclone! This didn’t stop these LIFE Runners, who continued to run as well as reach out to those in the community by bringing supplies to heavily damaged areas!'”
Bless them! Walk for Lifers, let’s always remember that we are part of a worldwide movement!
Interesting observations from Dexter Duggan, from a long article in The Wanderer.
“In what amounted to strange symbolism, fierce foes of Donald Trump virtually invited the public to tread upon and thereby dirty their posters that proclaimed derision of traditional morality. Here’s how that came about.
Coincidentally in 2017, the West’s largest annual pro-life march occurred immediately before, and in the very same location of, the local anti-Donald Trump demonstration scheduled the day after the new president’s January 20 inauguration.
The Walk for Life West Coast marches through San Francisco on the Saturday closest to the January 22 date of the U.S. Supreme Court’s unreasoned imposition of massive national permissive abortion in 1973.
In recent years, tens of thousands of pro-lifers have rallied for an hour at the plaza in front of San Francisco City Hall, then marched for another hour or so along downtown thoroughfare Market Street to the Ferry Building on the bay.
This year, by prearrangement to avoid conflicts over space by the two groups, the anti-Trump tens of thousands began their own rally on the same plaza less than two hours after the pro-lifers departed for Market Street.
The pro-life rally organizers held to their traditional standard of avoiding explicit political identification because they believe pro-life activism is wider than partisanship. But it was hard to avoid rally speakers acknowledging positive news from the nation’s capital about the new climate under Republican Trump.
The Trump haters, on the other hand, made plain their overt partisan fealty to social radicalism as they rallied then headed to demonstrate on Market Street.
Warning her reporters against openly joining anti-Trump activities, Audrey Cooper, editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, reportedly cautioned staff journalists: “No newsroom employee, regardless of job function or title, can participate in political demonstrations of any sort.” The liberal Chronicle is northern California’s largest daily.
When pro-lifers here concluded their January 21 march, they continued carrying signs with them while departing — often the well-known “I Am the Pro-Life Generation” poster in either English or Spanish — instead of just throwing them away.
However, pedestrians along some of Market Street and adjoining territory saw numerous discarded “women’s rights” posters scattered around, even lying right in the middle of the sidewalk…”
Thanks to our Chinese-American pro-life leaders!
Left to right: Rev. Franco Kwan, Chairman of San Francisco Chinese Christian Union, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Frank Lee of Asian Americans Pro-Life, and Rev. Sidney Mah.
Blessings to our fathers in faith!
Frank Lee of Asian Americans Pro-Life also reached out to Sing Tao Daily. They have an ENORMOUS readership! Bless you, Frank!
特朗普總統上台，立即撤銷向墮胎醫療機構提供聯邦撥款，這一決定無疑令反墮胎組織拍手稱快。剛好一年一度的反墮胎遊行「為生命而走」（Walk for life）周六在三藩市舉行，數萬人走上街頭發聲反對墮胎。
Epoch Times covers the Walk for Life West Coast! Many thanks to our friend Frank Lee of Asian Americans Pro-Life for his outreach to the Chinese Community!
利特爾約翰還在當天的演講中透露，剛剛上任的總統川普（Donald Trump，又譯作特朗普）將會在次日簽署法令，取消政府對「計劃生育協會」（Planned Parenthood）的資助，這一全美國最大的、為女性提供衛生保健包括墮胎服務的機構，據稱也參與幫助中共政府強制墮胎。
1月21日在舊金山市府廣場舉行的5萬人「為生命奔走」活動集會現場的婦女權益無疆界組織主席雷吉‧利特爾約翰（Reggie Littlejohn）。（周鳳臨／大紀元） 利特爾約翰並批評中共非人道的強制墮胎政策「完全沒有任何正當理由」，她說：「特別是在孩子九個月大的時候，把女子從家裡拖走，按在桌子上，強制墮掉她想保住的孩子，這絕對是令人無法容忍的！不管以甚麼樣的人口問題作為理由都說不過去！」
與中共政權主導的強制墮胎全然不同，美國的墮胎問題始於1973年聯邦最高法院著名的羅素韋得案（Roe v. Wade）作出的墮胎合法化裁決，認為婦女墮胎屬於隱私權，受美國憲法保護。這項引起極大爭議的墮胎合法化的聯邦判決，直接導致美國墮胎案例激增，高峰時期的1990年一度達到160萬起。