This Saturday, anti-abortion protesters will jam the streets of San Francisco - the center of one of the least Bible-minded cities in the United States. As the nation crosses the 41st anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion rights, pro-life supporters will join their counter-parts in East Coast, who braved Wednesday the frigid cold of the recent winter snowstorm in Washington D.C., to rally and give a voice for the millions of unborn babies aborted and yet to be born.
According to the Walk for Life West Coast, over 200 buses have been confirmed to arrive as of Jan. 22, 2014. The organizers quoted Star Parker, one of their past speakers, "We stand again. We unite with the West Coast, the East Coast, the middle of the country, we stand again and say it may be legal, but it is not lawful!"
The 10th annual Walk for Life rally and march is scheduled for this Saturday at 12:30 p.m on January 25, 2014. Participants will march beginning from the historic San Francisco City Hall down Market Street towards the Ferry Buildings. Over 50,000 people have gathered in each past year to march in opposition to abortion.
50 banners have been installed on San Francisco's Market Street recently by the organizers. The messages include "abortion hurts women" along with an advertisement for Saturday's event that reads: "Walk for Life West Coast. A New Tradition. A New Voice."
Participants are urged to create a media blackout by posting hash tag #WalkForLife on their social media outlets - Twitter, Facebook. According to the organizer's statement, the media have consistently ignored their presence in the past, so they hope by flooding the social media with pro-life voices, the voices of the people will be heard without or without media coverage. Yet, they asked that participants to include the national media Twitter accounts in their tweets as well.
The speakers for this year include October Baby actress Shari Rigby, Grace Dulaney (Agnes Dei Foundation/Lamb of God Ranch), Monica Snyder from Secular Pro Life, and Rev. Clenard Childress, director of LEARN and a baptist pastor from New Jersey.
Past Walk for Life speakers and leaders in the diverse communities in the San Francisco Bay Area who are also attending include:
Star Parker (CURE), Fr. Frank Pavone (Priests for Life), Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, SV (Superior General of the Sisters of Life), and Abby Johnson (Author, Speaker, and Pro Life activist). Also in attendance will be Georgette Forney (Silent No More); David Bereit (40 Days for Life); Fr. Joseph Fessio SJ (Ignatius Press and the WFL Chaplain); Dr. Vansen Wong, MD (OB-GYN); Frank Lee (Asian Americans Pro Life); Mary and Michael John Poirier (Prayerbreaks Ministries); Sally Winn (Feminists for Life of America); Diana Nagy (Singer); Alfredo Abarca (Hispanic Pro Life activist); Walter and Lori Hoye (Issues 4Life Foundation); and Vickie Evans (Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of San Francisco).