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Walk For Life West Coast vs. San Francisco Pro-Choice Parade 2011 – Same Day, Same Place – Saturday, Jan 22

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

[UPDATE: March attendance was down by about a third this year, for some reason. Some photos of 2011 here.]

This Saturday is forecast as a 63-degree dreaded sunny so that means that turnout at San Francisco’s annual dueling Roe v. Wade anniversary parades will be maximized for 2011.

Now I’ll tell you, local pro-choice groups made a conscious effort to ignore the Walk for Life West Coast a few years back, but this here poster shows that that policy has changed a bit.

Here’s the other one. (Technically, these events are in different locations, but just head over to Justin Herman Plaza and you should be able to figure this years locations tout de suite.)

Believe the WFL people will start marching up Embarcadero at the stroke of noon after a one-hour rally starting at 11:00 AM

Photos of past years below and the press release after the jump.


Tens of Thousands in the Biggest West Coast Walk for Life Ever – San Francisco Yawns

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Let me tell you about how things were back in the day, back in aught-five when the pro-life / “anti-choice” West Coast Walk for Life had smaller numbers and the competing pro-choice / “anti-life” side had more.

Those were the days, complete with heckling and back-and-forth.


From 2005, click to expand

Well, things have changed. After giving it some thought, a lot of the organizations and political representatives who oppose the March for Life have decided to ignore the entire affair. Sure, there were some folks in the counter-march that went up the Herb Cain Way sidewalk, but only about 130 or so. Throw in a marching band that was going the other way (marching to its own drummer hither and yon) and I’d say about 200 locals showed to oppose today’s WCMFL. Don’t know for sure though. People were on hand to listen to BACORR’s Gemma Mirkinson earlier in the morning at 10:00 AM anyway.

But what about the other side, the actual marchers themselves? They went up the Embarcadero for a full 51 minutes – it was a river of people. 

How many marchers this year? Tens of thousands anyway. I’m thinking 22,000 minimum this year, which is about ten percent more than last year – that jibes with the fact that everybody passed by the intersection of Broadway and Embarcadero in 51 minutes, which is about ten percent more time than last year.

How fast do you think this river of humanity was going on average? If it went 10/second then you mulitply by 3060 seconds to get and crowd estimate of over 30K, which I think is a stretch. It was going anywhere from zero to 20+ people per second:  

And here are the local countermarchers:

And here is the joyful reed and brass marching band going the other way:

Noe we’re back to the March. I thought this was advertising for a new kind of eHarmony thing but now I don’t think so. CFC = Couples for Christ, so this is just their unmarried contingent. 

Hey kid, what’s an abortion?

These bused-in marchers would show up regardless of the weather, so a cloudburst at the start of the parade didn’t seem to affect them a bit. Anyway, the weather soon cleared and most of the march was under blue skies and fluffy white clouds. 

Click to see the cloudburst raindrops – it was like being in the shower with your clothes on for a little bit.

And there’s your March for Life West Coast for 2010.

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, addresses
     the civil rights implications of abortion

 After the Walk at Marina Green: 2 – 4 p.m.
 —  Info Faire and a Silent No More
     ( 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

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.