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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