San Francisco – “We are the Pro – Life Generation!!!” could be heard down Market Street as over 50,000 people from different backgrounds came together to stand up for life. On Saturday, January 24th, the 11th West Coast Walk for Life was kicked off as the largest Pro – life gathering and event in the Western United States. The event began with a rally and pro-life speakers such as Julia Holcomb, Jim and Joy Pinto, Rev. Clenard Childress Jr. and Rebekah Buell. Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, and Oakland’s Bishop, Most. Rev. Michael Barber, also made an appearance.
The walk began at the Civic Center followed by a 1.8 mile walk down Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza. Prayers, Rosaries, praise and worship songs could be heard all around as the pro-lifer’s peacefully protested against Abortion and the war waged against women. “There is a war on women, but we are not declaring a war, we have come to set women free!!!” said the pro-life speaker Joy Pinto at the rally.
The mission of the west coast walk for life is to change the minds and hearts of a culture and society that thinks abortion is the answer. Abortion does both violence and harm to woman, child and men both physically and emotionally. The goal of the walk is to respect all life no matter how small and unwanted and all of humanity from conception to a natural death. Fr. Mark Mary and Doug Barry hosts of the EWTN show Life on the Rock lead interviews during the Walk for Life giving an inside perspective of the walk itself. Life, energy and a excitement was all around to celebrate and glorify the great dignity and precious gift of life in San Francisco.