Several SPL supporters and I attended San Francisco’s annual Walk for Life West Coast last Saturday. The WFLWC includes an hour long rally at the Civic Center before marching down Market St. through the center of San Francisco’s financial district. We arrived at the Civic Center about half an hour before the rally was to begin, so I had time to explore the huge crowd.
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As with years past, the crowd included the spectrum of ages: elderly couples, families with multiple young children, and high school and college students.
I’m also continually struck by the strong Hispanic presence; I expect this is due to the region of the country (California has a much higher Hispanic population than the national average) and due to the heavily Catholic presence at the Walk (Catholics are disproportionately Hispanic).
This of course implies, also as with years past, that the Walk had strong Catholic overtones. As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle:
This year’s event not only featured the archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, but also Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the papal nuncio, who is the equivalent of the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States.
As Secular ProLife has previously mentioned, some abortion proponents have tried to purposely paint the pro-life movement as exclusively Catholic and based on religious convictions. However, in this case the Chronicle’s focus on the heavily Catholic aspects of the Walk confirmed my own observations.
During the rally SPL supporters prepared our own banner across the street from the main square.
I am so grateful for the SPL supporters that came to walk with us. We had more than enough help such that two of us were able to run ahead of the SPL banner and take photos of other sections of the Walk.
|I thought Life Matters Journal would be happy to see this!|
|Interestingly placed Obama quote.|
Eventually the pro-life crowd found themselves marching past another group of pro-choice counter protesters, this one larger than the group we saw at our rally. They had a lot of megaphones.
Most of them shouted chants, but one woman spoke into her megaphone just as if she were having a conversation with the entire pro-life group: “Why can’t you just let us make decisions for ourselves, guys? You live how you want to live and we live how we want to live. I’m not telling you what to do, guys, so don’t tell me what to do…” I don’t agree with her perspective, but I thought it was a refreshing approach compared to some of the rest of it: