‘The Fight is Not Over’: Walk for Life West Coast Holds Its 14th Annual Pro-Life Rally January 27
Walk for Life West Coast will hold its 14th annual pro-life rally on January 27 this year in San Francisco, California.
Started as an awareness campaign, Walk for Life West Coast seeks to “be a vocal and visual message that people of the West Coast stand for life,” the organization states on its website.
Abortion Hurts Women
In an interview with The Stream, co-chair and co-founder Eva Muntean said she saw a need to bring awareness that abortion hurts women. “We feel that the Bay area, California West Coast really needs that message. There are a very high number of abortions here … and so we started this as an awareness-raising campaign for women to know that there’s help out there if you’re pregnant, or if you’ve already had an abortion there are support groups. It’s an awareness-raising event.”
According to their website, Walk for Life West Coast is a way to “peacefully protest abortion, walking through San Francisco every year” on or near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This year the event will take place on Saturday, January 27. The rally is from 12:30-1:30 p.m, starting at the Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco.
Walk for Life West Coast also hosts speakers just before the main event. This year, speakers include Terri Beatley, author and pro-life activist; Dr. John Bruchalski, a former abortionist who now directs a pro-life medical clinic; Pastor Clenard Howard Childress, Jr., pro-life activist to the black community; and Joe Scheidler, founder of the Pro-Life Action League.
There will be an “Info Faire” with exhibits where pro-life organizations can set up and pass out material. There will also be a “Silent No More Awareness Campaign” for women recovering from abortion, hosted by Georgette Forney and Fr. Frank Pavone from Priests for Life.
In addition, Walk for Life West Coast has spurred 16 other pro-life groups to hold events of their own near the main event on the days leading up to and following Walk for Life West Coast. This year there will be events ranging from prayer vigils to barbecues with a pro-life message. The groups include 40 Days for Life, Students for Life of America and others.
‘The Fight is Not Over’
Muntean said she hopes that the event will raise awareness not only about how much abortion hurts women, but will also “let people know just how much the pro-choice groups lied to get abortion legal. … So many people don’t understand or realize that happened and how we were manipulated [to pass Roe v. Wade]. I’m trying to focus on that in terms of young people today — especially the young people — [who] haven’t really heard or know about how this all happened.”
“We’re really out there to let people know that the fight is not over, that we’re still here making sure that all life is sacred,” said Muntean. “[We’re] raising awareness.”
This year thousands are expected to participate. “We’ve been pretty steady the last few years,” Muntean said. “We’re estimating [that] between 40,000-50,000” people [will] attend.” Buses will be transporting many people from the surrounding areas.
For more information on the event or how you can become involved, go to http://www.walkforlifewc.com/event-info/.