San Francisco, Calif., Jan 25, 2019 / 09:58 am
The Walk for Life West Coast aims to gather thousands of pro-life advocates in San Francisco in the next days for mutual support, outreach and inspiration.
“Great speakers. Great weather. Great comradery,” event organizer Eva Muntean told CNA. “It’s going to be great. We’re looking forward to it because right now there’s so many things going on politically and culturally.”
“Ours has to be a grassroots movement, and of course work through the churches. It’s super-important to try to stay unified,” Muntean said. “That’s going to be the key, that we all work together. We can’t have this infighting. We have to keep our eye on why we’re doing this: these children in the womb.”
According to the walk’s website, www.walkforlifewc.com, the main event opens Saturday at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza at 10:45 a.m. with an awareness campaign from Silent No More, a pro-life outreach and education effort. Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life and Georgette Forney will lead the awareness campaign.
From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be an information fair with booths from pro-life groups, pregnancy centers and other aligned organizations.
The main rally will begin at 12:30, with the walk itself beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Speakers include Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director and founder of the group And Then There Were None, which helps employees leave the abortion industry; Patricia Sandoval, a former Planned Parenthood worker who has returned to the Catholic faith; Rev. Walter Hoye, a Baptist pastor from Berkeley who is founder and president of the Issues4Life Foundation; and Father Shenan Boquet, president of Human Life International.
Muntean cited the event theme “Abortion harms women,” noting that it will include testimonials from women affected by their abortions.