Walk for Life West Coast Expects 30,000 Pro-Life Advocates Opposing Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
January 6, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Two young women who stood on opposite sides of the abortion debate until a few months ago will headline the 6th Annual Walk for Life West Coast on January 23rd as more than 30,000 peaceful pro-life activists walk along San Francisco’s waterfront.
The walk has turned into the western version of the national March for Life, which regularly attracts as many as 200,000 or more pro-life people to the nation’s capital.
Some 5,000 people participated in 2005, there were 20,000 in 2007 and, in 2008 crowd estimates were 25,000 to 30,000 for the rally and walk along the city’s Fisherman’s Wharf and Embarcadero.
Last year’s numbers grew higher and, with the election of pro-abortion stalwart Barack Obama and opposition to the pro-abortion health care bill seeing high levels, perhaps as many as 30,000 or more could turn out.
Former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson and UCLA student activist Lila Rose will be joined by the David Bereit, national director of 40 Days for Life for this year’s event.
Walk co-chair Eva Muntean is excited about the lineup.
"Abby Johnson walked away from her job as executive director of an abortion clinic because an abortion doctor asked her to hold the ultrasound probe and she witnessed a baby die in an abortion," she told LifeNews.com.
"Lila Rose’s undercover work videotaping clinic workers colluding in apparent statutory rape has led to investigations in several states," she added.
The 40 Days for Life campaign was founded a few doors from Johnson’s clinic in Bryan/College Station, Texas in 2004.
Rev. Clenard Childress, director of LEARN and a leading African-American pastor in the pro-life community, has been a speaker since the Walk’s inauguration in 2005. He will rally the walkers at the start of the event.
Irene Beltran, with Georgette Forney of Silent No More, and Jim Garlow, San Diego based evangelical pastor will also speak to the crowd.
"Abortion is wicked and hurts children, women and men — our speakers this year directly address the huge financial and political clout of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider and recipient of $350 million in tax dollars annually," Muntean said, explaining the need for the walk.
Planned Parenthood clinics perform about one third of all abortions in the United States, about 300,000 abortions in 2007-2008, according to Planned Parenthood’s annual report released in 2009, she noted.
The Walk for Life West Coast will take place January 23 at the Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco with the rally starting at 11 a.m. and the walk taking place at noon.
Related web sites:
Walk for Life West Coast – https://walkforlifewc.com
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