Walk for Life to be followed within hours by Women’s March
January 9th, 2017
By Valerie Schmalz
The Walk for Life West Coast expects to once again draw more than 50,000 pro-woman, pro-life advocates to its rally in front of City Hall and then for the mile-long walk down Market Street in San Francisco Jan. 21.
This year, the logistics will get more complicated for Walk for Life organizers and for the city and county of San Francisco because the Women’s March is organizing a rally the same day, a few hours later, which also expects to draw thousands and to take largely the same route, also beginning near Civic Center.
Renee McKenna, the San Francisco lead organizer of the Women’s March, says the march is not specifically anti-Trump although nationally and even in other countries the 131 rallies are planned for the day after president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. The goal of the Women’s March is “to reach out especially to the disadvantaged and minority groups that were verbally targeted in the election campaign; to let them know they have friends. That we are standing with them to defend the constitution.”
Nationally the marches are in reaction to Trump’s election, and the Women’s March in San Francisco has been endorsed by a variety of groups including pro-abortion NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood. The only confirmed speaker was San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, who is a Democrat and also very pro-abortion.
McKenna, a St. Gabriel parishioner who has a daughter in the parish school, said she hopes to attract some of those who are participating in the Walk for Life to join the Women’s March later in the day. What the Women’s March will be the day after the March is still unknown, she said. “There is no agenda for the Women’s March. My position is this is a women-led march that is about human rights. What human rights means is very different for different people.”
Although the Women’s March did not have their city permit approved at press time while the Walk for Life’s permit was approved months ago, McKenna is optimistic that it will be approved. Recent feedback from the San Francisco mayor’s office has moved the rally to 3 p.m. in the plaza and parking lot next to the Main Library and the Asian Arts Museum, with their march down Market Street to occur at 5 p.m., McKenna said. That is at the behest of police to make less likely any turns toward violence among participants that could be more likely after dark, McKenna said.
Walk for Life organizers did not comment on the march that follows theirs.
Walk co-chair Eva Muntean said, “We’re so happy to have our wonderful Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone with us once again. He has been a big supporter of the walk right from the start and he is 100 percent behind us today. This year, His Excellency will present the St. Gianna Molla Award for Pro-Life heroism to Dr. George Delgado, medical director of Abortion Pill Reversal and Culture of Life Family Services of San Diego. Dr. Delgado has pioneered the use of the Abortion Pill Reversal treatment, which has saved many, many lives and opened a window of hope for women who have regretted taking the abortion pill.”
Other Walk for Life speakers will be abortion survivor Melissa Ohden; Pam Tebow, prolife advocate and mother of Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Tebow; Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers; and Rev. Childress, founder of Black Genocide.org.
The Walk for Life rally begins at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Civic Center with the walk down Market Street at 1:30 p.m. Visit walkforlifewc.com. The Walk for Life Mass is 9:30 a.m. at the cathedral.
From January 12, 2017 issue of Catholic San Francisco.