Walk for Life West Coast was attended by an estimated 50,000 pro life men, women and teens. They assembled this year at the UN Plaza facing San Francisco City Hall rather than at Justin Hermann Plaza near the waterfront.
This bright, sunny day was sandwiched in between two very rainy and cold days. The Plaza was filled with young people like Robert from San Jose Students for Life, carrying signs, one of which I especially liked; it said: "We vote Pro Life First."
This was not an isolated reference to the politics involved in the promotion of abortion. The Rev. Childress, the closing speaker for the morning’s program, providing the audience with his usual rousing presentation, pointed to City Hall looming behind him, calling attention to the grey presence of politicians in supporting abortion.
Unlike the Washington, D.C. march for Life, held on Monday, January 23rd, which invites pro life politicians to address the audience, and focuses on the evil of abortion to the babies; the San Francisco Walk for Life focuses on the destructive physical and emotional nature of abortion for women. Eva Montean opened the day’s events with the acknowledgement that today’s event is not about abortion it’s about women’s suffering.
Lori Hoye, wife of Walter Hoye of Issues4life, the first speaker, flanked by 8 religious Nuns for Life of New York, gave her compelling story of learning, following her older sister’s abortion, that she herself had been an unwanted and unplanned pregnancy which her mother had, apparently, regretted not aborting. She was followed by Jackie Stallnaker of Episcopalians for Life accompanied on stage by Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, and a group of Silent No More men and women, who described being forced at gunpoint by her boyfriend to undergo an abortion.
A Doctor Wong, dressed in green operating room scrubs, told of regretting his long association with abortion as a financial matter to pay off his Medical school expenses until he met up with the pro lifers at a Sacramento based Pregnancy Center where he now devotes a major portion of his time and talent.
At the close of the presentations, the crowd processed over to Market Street and began the mile or so walk to Justin Hermann Plaza and the Walk’s conclusion.
It was eerie walking down the middle of Market St. with few pedestrian onlookers, homeless, cars, trucks, etc. The S.F. police had done such a good job of diverting traffic that there was little or no opposition from or exposure to the general populace out on a normal, busy Saturday afternoon. Only a meager handful of pro abort protesters were in evidence.
The most prominent feature of the walk was to see the shuttered and boarded up businesses along Market St. No more customers. San Francisco’s much beloved Occupiers and liberals loudly blame the Republicans and wealthy for the loss of jobs and cuts in tax funded enterprises, but seldom take notice of the fact that there are upwards of 50 million fewer people in America and especially in California, the capitol of the abortion business. There are many fewer people aged 39 and under and including their offspring, to become customers or taxpayers. That’s where many of the businesses have gone…down the drain with the aborted babies.