SAN FRANCISCO — More than 50,000 people are expected to join in the 13th annual Walk for Life West Coast on Jan. 21 in San Francisco.
The 2017 Walk for Life West Coast will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a rally in the city's Civic Center Plaza. Afterward, participants will walk down Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza.
There is an information fair for those facing an unplanned pregnancy or who need support from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza. Counseling, medical care, financial assistance, housing, adoption information and resources to help parent a child are available, as are help and healing programs for women who regret their abortions.
Co-founders and Bay Area residents Eva Muntean and Dolores Meehan started the Walk for Life West Coast to show people there are other options for women than abortion. They believe these options are actually more "pro-woman" than abortion, protecting a woman's natural instinct to love her child and giving her choices to empower her to do so.
Speakers include Pam Tebow, mother of Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow who opted not to abort him; Reggie Littlejohn, founder and President of Women's Rights Without Frontiers; abortion survivor Melissa Ohden; and Rev. Childress, founder of BlackGenocide.org
For more details: www.walkforlifewc.com.
Catholic Underground will have a free Walk for Life after-party, a night of prayer, fellowship and music with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley. Adoration and confession begins at 7 p.m., and the concert begins at 8:30 p.m. Information: cubayarea.org.
Nationally, the annual March for Life in Washington, DC, is scheduled for Jan. 27, one week after President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration and five days after the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion virtually on demand.
Organizers of the March for Life are "cautiously optimistic" about eventually overturning the Supreme Court's decision, they don't expect to be in lockstep with other aspects of the new president's agenda. "We're nonpartisan," said Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, adding, "We always advocate that people vote pro-life" without regard to party label. "Difficult as it is, we always try to have a Democratic speaker at the March for Life as well," she said.
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