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14th Walk for Life continues pro-life, pro-woman message

03 1.26.17_Walk.MarketStreetview.2 PAGEThe 14th annual Walk for Life will draw thousands to downtown San Francisco on Jan. 27 with a pro-life, pro-woman message. Here, participants fill Market Street during last year’s Walk. (Photo courtesy Walk for Life West Coast/Jose Aguirre)

January 11, 2018
Valerie Schmalz

When 50,000 or so pro-life supporters fill San Francisco’s downtown Jan. 27, they will continue to publicly share a message of pro-life, pro-woman, pro-family values in a city where it is a matter of course that all elected officials support legal abortion. They will walk for life in a state where the governor and most of the state legislators actively support taxpayer-funded abortion, including for minors.

“Our job is clear: to calmly and peacefully spread our message of hope to the people of California and beyond, and always to reach out with hands offering love and hope to those women who have been so hurt by abortion. We are always there for them and with them,” said Walk for Life co-chair Eva Muntean, saying “the motto Walk from day one has been: “‘Abortion Hurts Women.’”

Muntean said the statement which sums up the second part of Walk for Life’s position was well-articulated by Dr. Vansen Wong, once a doctor who performed abortions and who spoke at the 2012 Walk: “Abortion is barbaric, abortion is intolerable, and abortion has no place in any civilized society.”

The day’s events on Jan. 27 begin with 9:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral, with all priests invited to concelebrate. The Walk rally with speakers is 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza, preceded by a Silent No More Rally at 11 a.m. The Walk itself begins at Civic Center and proceeds along Market Street to the Embarcadero.

There are a number of associated events throughout the day, most listed at walkforlifewc.com.

The speakers this year are:

Terry Beatley, who carries on the mantle of the deceased former abortionist turned prolife activist Dr. Bernard Nathanson. Beatley founded Hosea Initiative, a nonprofit organization which teaches the impact of worldview through the pro-life conversion story of Dr. Nathanson. Hosea Initiative teaches a broader understanding of the abortion industry’s exploitation of women and children.

Dr. John Bruchalski, MD, FACOG, who performed abortions during his residency but returned to the Catholic faith of his youth and in 1994 founded Tepeyac in Fairfax, Virginia, offering faith-based pro-life ob/gyn medicine to women regardless of financial situation, belief or background. In 2000, he founded Divine Mercy Care, a non-profit organization, to assist Tepeyac and other similar life-affirming medical practices. Divine Mercy Care’s additional missions involve educating medical students in, and broadening community awareness of, pro-life medicine.

Rev. Clenard Childress Jr., a New Jersey Baptist pastor, founder of Blackgenocide.org, with a long list of social activism and charitable works among his achievements, is a member of the National Pro-Life Religious Council of Washington, D.C. He has spoken at almost every Walk since the Walk was founded in 2005.

Joseph Scheidler, founder of the ProLife Action League will receive the Walk’s St. Gianna Molla Award. Scheidler founded the League in 1980 to serve the need he saw for pro-life Americans to take bold, direct action to save babies from abortion in their own communities. His 1985 pro-life activists’ manual is titled “CLOSED: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion.”

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