Tens of thousands of pro-life activists filled Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco’s downtown and then walked 2.5 miles along the waterfront in a huge turnout for the 7th Annual Walk for Life West Coast.
“We are here to break the bondage of the culture of death,” Walk for Life co-chair Dolores Meehan told the crowd.
“If we care for the baby, we have to care for the mother and father,” said speaker Kathleen Eaton, who founded Birth Choice Clinics in Orange County after her own abortion.[ Also Read: New Pregnancy Prevention Pills for You ]
The Walk was held on the 38th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.[ Also Read: Celebs Join Hands to Ensure Baby Health ]
“Today on January 22nd, I do not honor choice any more, I mourn choice,” said former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, who walked away from her job at a Texas Planned Parenthood clinic on Oct. 6, 2009, after assisting in an ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old fetus.
“You are the new generation of the pro-life movement and I can tell you Planned Parenthood is shaking in their boots.”[ Also Read: What’s the Best Time to Conceive a Child? ]
“Nothing is too big for God to forgive,” said Mary Poirer, who told the story of her three abortions.[ Also Read: President Obama Should Focus on Maternal Health ]
Rev. Brian Walker, who, with his wife Denise, chose to abort their child four months before their wedding, said he deserted his wife when she needed him.
“Many years ago there was not a man in the house, there was a male in the house, but there was not a man in the house,” said Walker. “Everybody suffers in the wake of abortion.”[ Also Read: What Brides Do on Facebook and YouTube ]
“We’ve lost close to 40 percent of our population to abortion,” said Rev. Denise Walker, founder of Everlasting Light Ministries, referring to the high rate of African American abortions. “We must end this slaughter.”
A densely packed crowd of least 40,000 walked 20 across in a line that stretched over a mile. The Walk route started at Justin Herman Plaza in downtown San Francisco and concluded at Marina Green in sight of Golden Gate Bridge, said Walk for Life West Coast on Saturday.[ Also Read: Most and Least Favorite Celeb Baby Names of 2010 ]
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 the answer.
Photo courtesy: Walk for Life West Coast