"Women Deserve Better Than Abortion" | Walk for Life West Coast 2006
"Women Deserve Better Than Abortion" | Walk for Life West Coast | January
21, 2006 | 11:00 a.m., San Francisco
CONTACT: Kelly Connelly 415-509-5792/5791
SAN FRANCISCO, January 18, 2006 __ Two African American activists and the
leading voice for pro-life feminism in the country will lead thousands of
peaceful walkers along San Franciscos waterfront under the banner
"Women Deserve Better than Abortion" in the Walk for Life West
Coast Saturday, January 21st.
"Black women constitute 7 percent of the American population yet account
for more than 35 percent of our abortions," said Star Parker, a former
welfare mom who had four abortions before turning her life around to become
a political commentator and founder of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and
Education. "There's no way that a rubber stamp on Roe v. Wade is a
pro-black stance," said Parker
Parker, Feminists for Life of America President Serrin Foster, and Rev.
Clenard Childress, Ph.d., founder of BlackGenocide.org, are the three main
speakers at the Walk, held this year on the eve of the anniversary of the
Supreme Courts 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
Last years inaugural Walk drew 7,500 walkers. Organizers expect more
this year, with walkers coming from as far away as Alaska, Washington State,
Texas and Florida, said fourth generation San Franciscan Dolores Meehan,
Walk co-chair. In 2005,the peaceful pro-woman, pro-life walkers endured
spitting, egg-throwing and lewd gestures by 1,000 counter demonstrators
who lined the route.
"Abortion is a reflection that we have not met the needs of women,"
says pro-life feminist speaker Foster, who called for reaching out to abortion
rights supporters on the bridge of services for women. The Walk theme of
"Women Deserve Better than Abortion" is the signature slogan of
Feminists for Life.
Women and children are victimized by the abortion industry, which
is sailing falsely under the banner of civil rights, says African American
Baptist minister Childress, North East regional director of the Life Education
and Resource Network. Martin Luther King Jr., writing from the Birmingham
jail, called upon his brothers and sisters in the movement to assume the
courage of the early Christians who under penalty of death rescued infants
left to die on the Roman streets, Childress noted. Abortion, a modern day
infanticide, is not a civil right for anyone, Rev. Childress said.
"Like from Selma to Montgomery the Walk for Life parallels the same
causewe are speaking for a people that cannot speak for themselves.
A people who have been disenfranchised, silenced and abused," Childress
said of the children destroyed by abortion, an act which damages women lured
by its false promises. "Our women have been victimized by the abortion
industry more than any other institution since our inception as a nation."
MEDIA NOTE: This event is for Saturday, Jan. 21, because this is the closest
Saturday to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling.
SATURDAY, Jan. 21, 2006 WALK FOR LIFE WEST COAST
Location: Justin Herman Plaza at the foot of Market at the Ferry Building
in San Francisco
Time: 11 a.m.: Walk will begin at approximately 12 noon and proceed
along the Embarcadero, ending at Marina Green where there will be an Info
Fair with pregnancy resources.
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