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Abortion Protests at 5th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

It’s coming this rainy Saturday, January 24, 2009 starting at 11:00 AM in Justin Herman Plaza near the Ferry Building – the 5th Annual Walk for Life West Coast. Will you be among the tens of thousands expected? (Dress for rain.) It will look a little something like this.

[UPDATE: Rain threatened by didn't really show up at the beginning. Tens of thousands of people were on hand for 2009, a bunch of photos here.]

These Life Walkers are now using the Twitter to keep their minions informed, thusly:

“Reality check – in the last five minutes more than 500 babies were killed world wide.

So that’ll be a new wrinkle this year. Otherwise, it should be the same old thing, with speeches in Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish, chartered buses from all over the place, your Feminists For Life, San Francisco Archdiocese Auxiliary Bishop William Justice, counterprotesters, etc.

Counterdemonstrators at the first Walk for Life West Coast, back in 2005, click to expand:

But probably there won’t be all that many counterdemonstrators, if last year’s event is any guide. Some groups in San Francisco appear to ignore this annual event, saving their energy for other battles.

So there you have it. More info here, and after the jump:

5th Annual Walk for Life West Coast, Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 11 a.m. – Justin Herman Plaza at Market Street and the Ferry Building, San Francisco

More than 25,000 pro-life women, men and children are expected to rally in San Francisco at the foot of Market Street on Saturday, January 24th, and then walk nearly 2 miles across the city, through Fisherman’s Wharf ending at Marina Green in sight of the Golden Gate Bridge.

This is the fifth annual Walk for Life West Coast, organized by a group of San Francisco residents and attracting participants from throughout California and the rest of the West. The Walk for Life West Coast’s motto is “Abortion Hurts Women,” and the speakers will address the cost of abortion for women and ways to help women and protect life from conception to natural death.

 Schedule of events:

 Rally with speakers at Justin Herman Plaza: 11:00 am
 Walk begins: 12 noon

 Speakers include:
 –  Frank Lee, coordinator of Asian Americans Against Abortion
 –  Diana Nagy, singer crisis pregnancy at 15 ended in adoption
 –  Mother Agnes Mary, Sisters of Life
 –  Karen Shablin, Feminists for Life, places her abortion within the context of feminism
 –  Rev. Clenard Childress Jr., founder of BlackGenocide.org, addresses
     the civil rights implications of abortion

 After the Walk at Marina Green: 2 – 4 p.m.
 –  Info Faire and a Silent No More
     (http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/) gathering for women and men to
     share stories of abortion featuring Georgette Forney from Silent No
     More and Fr. Frank Pavone from Priests for Life
     (http://www.priestsforlife.org/)

Sat Jan 17 2009 (Updated 01/18/09) Anti-Woman, Anti-Gay “Walk for Life” to Descend on San Francisco
 On January 24th, an anti-women’s rights and anti-gay march will take place in San Francisco. The Bay Area Coalition for Reproduction Rights (BACORR) is calling on human rights supporters to protest the so-called “Walk for Life” led by religious conservatives.In recent years the Catholic Church has helped push through two discriminatory acts, the “Conscience Rule” and Proposition 8. The “Conscience Rule” allows health care providers to refuse to fill a birth control prescription for “moral” reasons. BACORR co-chair Gemma Mirkinson responded to the institution of the Conscience Rule asking, “What’s next: refusing service to people with AIDS, or immigrants or transgender folks? This is nothing but bigotry sanctioned by the highest office of the land and applauded by the people who will trek through our city January 24.”
BAACORE and its allies have played a major rolein the past in combating anti-abortion forces and fighting for human rights. This year the group has also called attention to the ICE raids against immigrant communities. Anita O’Shea, BAACORE spokesperson writes “The ‘Walk for Life’ is part of a multi-pronged rightwing movement that includes bigots in suits as well as armed, vigilante Minutemen, clinic bombers, and gay bashers…..We must stop the blame game against women, immigrants and queers before the ultra-right gains momentum.”
BAACORE is calling on all people who oppose this climate of hate to come out on January 24 to the “Unite to Fight the Right Wing” event. The event will begin with a rally at San Francisco’s Music Concourse (Embarcadero and Market Sts.) at 10:30am.