Walk for Life West Coast Videos

The Walk for Life West Coast was a huge success.

I wish I had been able to go. God willing, I will go next year.

In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy viewing videos from the walk. I know that Public Catholic readers attended the walk. If you did, feel free to add your own experiences and photos in the comments section.


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Actress Jennifer O’Neill Will Join West Coast Walk for Life

I wish I could go.

I want to be in San Francisco on January 26 for the West Coast Walk for Life. But Gimpy the Foot would never tolerate a romp through airports chasing connecting flights.

Not yet. In a few more months, I’ll be able to lumber along just the way I did before. So, maybe next year I’ll go to the West Coast Walk for Life.

In the meantime, I’m encouraging everyone who is able to show up either in San Francisco or Washington DC for one of the two bi-coastal walks for life to put on your walking shoes and go. I want you to do it for the Gimper.

If you do make it to San Francisco’s walk, be sure to get Jennifer O’Neill’s autograph!

The LifeSiteNews article about Jennifer O’Neill’s planned participation in the West Coast Walk for Life reads in part:

Jennifer O’Neill

SAN FRANCISCO, January 7, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Internationally acclaimed model, film and television star, producer, author and proud mother of three, Jennifer O’Neill is one of a kind. With thirty-five plus feature films, numerous television movies and series to her credit, Jennifer is the first to tell you she is truly blessed.

However, there is more to her story: for years, Jennifer O’Neill, who seemed to “have it all,” suffered from severe depression due to an abortion she had in her early twenties. After years of suffering, she found hope and healing through her faith in Jesus Christ.

Jennifer O’Neill is now the national spokeswoman for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. The campaign seeks to expose and heal the secrecy and silence surrounding the emotional and physical pain of abortion.

Jennifer has announced that she will be joining others in the Silent No More rally prior to the Walk for Life West Coast on January 26, 2013.

“There has never been a more critical time to support the pro-life movement, protect the rights of the unborn, and make known the truth about the devastating aftermath of abortion not only for the babies, but for women and families affected by such unimaginable loss,” she said.

“If you’re not sure where you stand in regard to LIFE, please join us for the 9th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 26th, 2013!

“There you will hear testimonies from those who have suffered from abortion, and have received hope, healing and grace in Christ Jesus. I believe experience overrides theory … learn the truth about the sanctity of life. Please join us!” (Read more here.)

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If You Go to San Francisco …

Instead of going to the Walk for Life in Washington, DC, I may go to San Francisco for the Walk for Life West Coast, instead.

Better weather. Much more resistance. Coals to Newkirk. Flowers to Moloch. etc.

The annual Walk for Life West Coast has faced official resistance and counter protesters from the start, but it has grown exponentially, just the same. An estimated 5,000 walkers showed up the first year. The number ballooned to 40,000 last year. This year, who knows?

There are always the requisite counter protesters and catcalls, alongside various attempts at resistance by elected officials. But the march organizers have persisted, the number of walkers has grown and it now looks like even San Francisco has a few of us pro-life traditional Christians around.

I wonder … if I reserve my plane ticket now, can I get a good price???

Pro-life supporters participate in the West Coast Walk for Life 2012 in San Francisco, Jan. 21, 2012. Credit: West Coast Walk for Life.

San Francisco, Calif., Dec 14, 2012 / 02:02 am (CNA).- A move by San Francisco’s city officials to support a celebration of the 40th anniversary of legalized abortion in the U.S. has been interpreted by some as an attempt to discourage a local pro-life rally.

“San Francisco City government, as well as many local residents, cannot abide the fact that the Walk for Life can attract over 40,000 participants annually to oppose a cause that their worldview holds as gospel,” said Vicki Evans, Respect Life coordinator for the San Francisco archdiocese.

Despite low attendance of a similar abortion advocacy event last year, San Francisco Supervisors Malia Cohen and David Campos introduced a resolution to the city’s Board of Supervisors to support the “Celebration of Women, Life and Liberty” event on Jan. 26, 2013.

The event, which aims to commemorate the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade four decades ago, was approved in a resolution which passed 10-0 on Dec. 12.

In a Dec. 12 interview with CNA, Evans pointed out that the actual anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S. is Jan. 22.

However, she said, organizers of the pro-abortion rally chose Jan. 26 because it falls on the same day as the increasingly popular Walk for Life West Coast, a rally dedicated to changing “the perceptions of a society that thinks abortion is an answer.”

Since its beginning in 2005 the interdenominational pro-life event has grown substantially each year from its first crowd of roughly 5,000 participants, but it has also consistently been met with opposition from city officials.(Read more here.)

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