I’m at a loss here:
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And oh yes, TRIGGER WARNING: Ginger.
I’m at a loss here:
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And oh yes, TRIGGER WARNING: Ginger.
You all can read the press release below.
Here’s your apology:
“A Jumbotron displaying a graphic video of aborted children was set up by an anti-abortion group midway
along the Walk route, despite efforts by Walk organizers to dissuade the group from playing the video.”
Did not know that. OK fine.
I’ll tell you, I wasn’t even there this go around. But nevertheless, observations
1. ”Record crowd tops 50,000?” Yeah, I don’t think so. You know, back in the day, back in the mid-aughts, I admired the organizers for _not_ lying about crowd size. Well, those days are over so now the organizers lie each and every year. Hey, isn’t lying a sin? I think so. Oh, you’re just “playing the media game?” All right, well that makes you SINNERS, FYI.
2. Oh, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener was there at the counter protest? Now, isn’t it ironic that most of the young gals holding the banners would be to the left of our District 8 Supe on his core issues concerning stuff like rent control and the rights of propertah owners? Yes it is. (And look who _wasn’t_ on the scene – Catholic San Francisco Supervisor and similarly propertah-owner-loving Mark Farrell. His absence wasn’t ironic at all.)
3. Speaking of which, who are the people who pick who gets the carry the banner and get on TV year after year? You know, all the young gals, year after year, with the high degree of apparent reproductive fitness?
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These young women are herded around year after year doing exactly what they’re told by stage mother-types and and old Catholic dudes wearing robes. What if young people organized the parade what features young people so prominently?
Anyway, you lie about your crowd “estimate” every year and you know you lie about it so that kind of makes you sinners.
“Pope Benedict XVI honors Walk for Life West Coast - Record crowd tops 50,000, fills main S.F. thoroughfare for more than 1 mile
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 27, 2013 – Pope Benedict XVI commended the “outstanding public witness to
the fundamental human right to life” of the Walk for Life West Coast, in a special message delivered by
his delegate to tens of thousands gathered in front of San Francisco’s City Hall Jan.26.
The Walk for Life West Coast rally at Civic Center Plaza filled the plaza, before participants walked the
two miles from City Hall to the Ferry Building, traveling through the heart of the city’s shopping and
financial districts. More than to 50,000 participated, organizers estimated.
Pope Benedict XVI’s representative to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano delivered a
message from the pope along with his papal blessing. Pope Benedict’s message, which was also sent out
on a Vatican Twitter feed, said, His Holiness “is grateful to all those who take part in this outstanding
public witness to the fundamental human right to life and the moral imperative of upholding the
inviolable dignity of each member of our human family, especially the smallest and most defenseless of
our brothers and sisters.”
“You are a powerful witness that God’s truth cannot be silenced,” said San Francisco Archbishop
Salvatore J. Cordileone, who blessed participants to begin the event. “Yes, we are here to stay because
life is good and life is holy.”
The speakers at the Walk included Lacey Buchanan, the mother of a disabled child; Elaine Riddick, who
was forcibly sterilized by the state of North Carolina at age 14; Kelly and Matthew Clinger who regret
their abortions; and the Rev. Clenard Childress, Jr., who has spoken at nearly every walk since its
founding in 2005.
“Truth is rising up and you are the picture of that truth,” said Rev. Childress to loud cheers. “We will not
draw back until every child is free.”
A Jumbotron displaying a graphic video of aborted children was set up by an anti-abortion group midway
along the Walk route, despite efforts by Walk organizers to dissuade the group from playing the video.
Founded in 2005 by a group of San Francisco Bay Area residents, the Walk for Life West Coast’s mission
is to change the perception of a society that thinks abortion is the answer. For more information and
All right, let’s say that this is your search:
Which link would you click on?
“Abortion Info – Women’s Pregnancy Clinic | FirstResort.Org
Counseling and prenatal care 450 Sutter St, Suite 1740, San Francisco (415) 627-9175″
Get up to speed on this issue here and read a fresh release from BACORR below.
“FIRST RESORT MISLEADS IN ITS ADVERTISING, BACORR FINDS.
First Resort is well-known as Anti-Abortion in the Pro-Life Community; Misrepresents Itself & Advertises Under Abortion Services to the Non-Activist General Public.
First Resort, currently being investigated by the City Attorney’s office, misrepresents services it offers via Google advertising, in a recent Chronicle Op-Ed, and over the telephone. Over a 6 month investigation, the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights (BACORR) has researched First Resort’s mission, ties in the Pro-Life community, and misrepresentation of itself to the general public.
This is first and foremost a consumer protection issue, not a political or religious debate.
First Resort is a Christian organization whose mission is to make an “abortion free world, “ as stated in paperwork filed with the state. However, under Google searches, “Abortion San Francisco,” “Abortion Services San Francisco,” and “,” First Resort is the second paid listing on the results page. Google is the most popular internet search engine.
After Golden Gate Planned Parenthood in San Francisco lost its charter, First Resort CEO Shari Plunkett states, “Our call volume has never been higher.” (Email to supporters, dated 4/14/2011) Though First Resort usually tells callers they do not offer abortions, recently they said yes, they do offer abortions.”
More deets after the jump
[UPDATE: Heather Knight has some useful details, particularly about a woman who named her child after a book from the Old Testament / Torah. OK fine.]
San Francisco City Attorney and mayoral candidate Dennis Jose Herrera held a presser this AM along with District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, District 3 Supervisor and mayoral candidate David Chiu, and District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener regarding Malia’s new legislation about “crisis pregnancy centers.”
All the deets are below.
But you make the call:
And guess who was there at City Hall this morning? Some Catholic League types, or Catholic reporters, something like that.
(It will be interesting to see how a few particular Supes vote on this one…)
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Proposed ordinance, City Attorney demand letter target misleading advertising by centers that push hidden agenda for ‘abortion free world’
SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 2, 2011) — Supervisor Malia Cohen and City Attorney Dennis Herrera today announced joint legal and legislative steps to halt deceptive marketing by so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” in San Francisco, which purport to offer non-judgmental abortion services and counseling to women with unwanted pregnancies, but that instead push an anti-abortion agenda on those seeking constitutionally protected medical services. Cohen and Herrera announced their initiatives at a City Hall press conference this morning.
Cohen’s legislation, which she will introduce at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, is entitled the “Pregnancy Information Disclosure and Protection Ordinance.” If enacted, Cohen’s measure would explicitly prohibit limited services pregnancy centers in San Francisco from making false or misleading statements to the public about pregnancy-related services that the centers offer. While some crisis pregnancy centers openly acknowledge their pro-life advocacy, many misleadingly target women in search of abortion services though false advertising — and then employ manipulative and fear mongering tactics on their visitors to dissuade them from obtaining abortions. Crisis pregnancy centers commonly offer few services other than anti-abortion rhetoric, but the proliferation of Internet search engines has given anti-abortion centers an effective way to misrepresent themselves as bona fide clinics, offering prominent paid links in response to search queries for “abortion” and related terms within their region.
“One of the most serious threats to reproductive rights today comes from so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers,’ which misrepresent themselves as non-political medical providers, but that push anti-abortion propaganda and mistruths on unsuspecting women,” said Cohen. “The legislation that will be introduced today would prohibit these limited services pregnancy centers in San Francisco from misleading the public about the services they perform. It’s a measured, thoughtful approach that balances the free speech rights of anti-abortion activists with constitutionally protected reproductive rights for women. I appreciate City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office working with me to craft a policy to protect women in San Francisco, while minimizing possible legal risks.”
In tandem with Cohen’s legislation, Herrera took a first step today toward a possible legal action under California law against San Francisco’s most egregiously misleading crisis pregnancy center, First Resort, Inc. Herrera’s demand letter to the anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center in the medical building at 450 Sutter Street expressed serious concerns about the veracity of the center’s print advertising and Internet marketing, which imply to prospective clients that First Resort offers abortion services or referrals to abortion providers — when it in fact does neither.
Herrera’s letter notes that First Resort has purchased paid Google advertisements to secure top placement in search results for abortion providers in San Francisco. Moreover, the letter details several of First Resort’s public representations to prospective clients that are false and misleading, and which contrast starkly with the organization’s stated purpose — as revealed in its state licensing documents — to achieve “an abortion-free world.”
“First Resort is certainly entitled to advocate for ‘an abortion-free world’ to anyone who wants to hear it, but the center is breaking the law by misrepresenting itself as an abortion provider for the purpose of luring women with unwanted pregnancies to its office,” Herrera said. “This is an insidious practice that victimizes women who are, in some instances, already victims. It’s especially problematic because the delays these centers can cause interfere with women’s time-sensitive, constitutionally protected right to reproductive choice. I’ve taken this step to demand that First Resort clarify its purpose in accordance with state law. Moreover, I applaud Supervisor Malia Cohen for her leadership to further tighten restrictions on this unethical practice here in San Francisco.”
And see what NARAL Pro Choice California has to say about all this after the jump