50k expected to attend Walk for Life West Coast: ‘Our only choice is life’
SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Renowned pro-life activists and a former abortionist turned pro-life obstetrician will speak to an expected 50,000 people at the 14th annual Walk for Life West Coast on Saturday, January 27.
The Walk for Life aims to send “a vocal and visual message that people of the West Coast stand for life” as they peacefully protest abortion. It is a rapidly-growing West Coast event around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion on demand in 1973.
Veteran pro-life activist Joseph Scheidler will receive the Walk’s St. Gianna Molla Award for pro-life heroism. Scheidler has been involved in pro-life activism since the dawn of the pro-life movement. Scheidler is the founder of the Pro-Life Action League.
Dr. John Bruchalski is the former abortionist turned pro-life activist who will appear next to Scheidler. He is the founder of Tepeyac OB/GYN, a massive pro-life medical practice in Fairfax, VA with an attached crisis pregnancy clinic and education arm called Divine Mercy Care.
A promotional video for this year’s Walk for Life shows one of this year’s speakers, Rev. Rev. Clenard Childress of BlackGenocide.org, passionately exhorting the crowd at a past Walk for Life.
“The time has come to lead the way, to make a stand, to defend our families, our children, our future” the video says. “Our only choice is life.”
Another speaker is Terry Beatley of the Hosea Initiative. Beatley has made it her life’s mission to share with as many as possible the story of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, one of NARAL’s founding abortionists who converted to being pro-life. When Nathanson was dying of cancer, Beatley promised him she’d share his strategy of how he deceived America on abortion.
Dr. Nathanson “trained Planned Parenthood doctors on how to kill babies,” Beatley told LifeSiteNews. His “personal parting message,” which she’ll be sharing with Walk attendees, “carries a lot of weight.”
David Bereit, the well-known pro-life activist and organizer formerly of 40 Days for Life, told LifeSiteNews the Walk for Life’s location in a “gorgeous city with warmer weather than Washington, D.C.” isn’t the only thing unique about it.
“The tens of thousands of attendees — who participate in pro-life efforts in one of the most difficult regions of America — are not deterred in their advocacy, but instead are joyful, determined, and highly energetic,” said Bereit.
“We know that the message we’ve been proclaiming for the last 40 years is not falling on deaf ears,” a priest says in the promotional video.
“The Walk itself is longer than the March for Life, allowing for a powerful public witness through the heart of downtown San Francisco,” said Bereit. He said the “camaraderie and compassion” the participants display “provides a beacon of light and hope that shines through the darkness of one of America’s most liberal cities.”
“The faithful witness, compassionate messaging, and joyful attitude of the Walk for Life participants provides a beautiful contrast to the hundreds of angry protesters who unsuccessfully try to disrupt and antagonize pro-lifers,” said Bereit. “I am confident that the loving demeanor of the tens of thousands of Walk for Life participants is changing hearts and minds in San Francisco.”
The 2018 Walk for Life begins at 12:30 p.m. with a rally in the San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. Following the rally, participants will walk down Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza.
More information about the Walk for Life can be found at its website.