Tens of Thousand
of Pro-Lifers Fill San Francisco Streets
Sixth Annual Walk for Life West Coast: Tens of Thousands of
Pro-Lifers fill San Francisco Streets
"It is up to us to stand, raise our voices, and protect the smallest."
--- Lila Rose, 2010 Walk for Life West Coast
At least 35,000 peaceful pro-life walkers filled this city's
waterfront, toddlers holding hands with grandparents and college
students waving banners, as the largest crowd ever attended the 6th
Annual Walk for Life West Coast, Saturday, January 23rd.
Frank Lee, coordinator of Asian Americans Pro-Life, led the rally in a
prayer at the start, saying: "Every life is precious and should be
cherished. We have a tough battle in front of us, but we shall overcome
when we combine our efforts to make it a perfect whole!"
Students from San Francisco high schools and from Stanford,
UC-Berkeley, St. Mary's of Moraga, St. Thomas Aquinas College, and
Wyoming Catholic College marched alongside eight Catholic Bishops.
One hundred and twenty Catholic seminarians carried banners and Tom
Martin, who worked for former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown before
entering the seminary, said: "It's a great opportunity for the people
of God to see that the seminarians are joining with them not only in
praying for life, but also taking a stand."
Speakers included Abby Johnson, who worked for Planned Parenthood for
eight years, walked away from her job as a Planned Parenthood clinic
director in October after assisting in an abortion. Johnson said: "If
you are here, you are an activist. We can no longer just say the words
but must put our words into action." Johnson joined 40 Days for Life, a
national prayer and fasting campaign outside abortion clinics. The Walk
presented the St. Gianna Molla Award to David Bereit, national campaign
director of 40 Days for Life.
Lila Rose of Live Action said "The fact that we have allowed abortion
in this great nation, the killing of the most defenseless and weak
among us has resulted in the greatest human rights abuse I believe our
nation has ever seen. It is up to us to stand, raise our voices, and
protect the smallest."
"If ever there was a time to 'seize the moment' in the interest of
unborn babies, it is now," Evangelical preacher, author and theologian,
Pastor Jim Garlow of San Diego, told the rally.
The Reverend Clenard Childress, founder of BlackGenocide.org, said
"There is an obvious shifting in our culture and it stems from advances
in the pro-life movement."
Walk for Life co-founder Dolores Meehan said "The tenacity of
pro-lifers, showing up in their tens of thousands, despite a downpour,
is a testimony to their commitment!"
The Walk for Life West Coast was started by a group of San Franciscans
in 2005 to affirm the right to life from conception to natural death
and particularly to change hearts hurt by the violence of abortion.
Walk for Life West Coast: www.walkforlifewc.com
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Walk for Life West Coast
January 24, 2010
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coordinating body for local pro-life chapters representing thousands of
Illinois citizens working to restore respect for all human life in our
society. The IFRL is composed of people of different political
persuasions, various faiths and diverse economic, social and ethnic
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been working to end abortion and restore legal protection to those members of the
human family who are threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. Diverse though we are, we hold one common belief - that
every human being has an inalienable right to life that is precious and must be protected. IFRL is
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