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Walk for Life West Coast | A Photo Gallery | January 2008 | Ignatius Insight

From the Walk for Life West Coast website:
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, January 19, 2008 -- A woman who was aborted and survived today urged a crowd of 25,000 to forgive and sent out a blessing of "mercy and grace and redemption" over the life of anyone who has had an abortion.

After the speeches, the crowd walked along San Francisco's waterfront for 2.5 miles in the 4th Annual Walk for Life West Coast, carrying banners that proclaimed "Abortion Hurts Women" and "Women Deserve Better®." About 250 pro-choice protestors chanted and jeered alongside the pro-life walkers.

"I was aborted and did not die," Gianna Jessen told the cheering crowd, but added, "I will limp my way into heaven" because she bears the mark of the saline abortion, cerebral palsy, that was meant to end her life at a Los Angeles clinic.

"The abortionist signed my birth certificate," Jessen said. However, she noted, "My life is not defined by abortion. I am not a victim, I am a victor." Jessen was one of four speakers at the Walk for Life rally at the foot of Washington Street and the Embarcadero. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., founder Rev. Clenard Childress, and radio host Jesse Romero also spoke. Eight California Catholic bishops were on hand to support the event.
Read the entire piece.

Below are photos from the Walk for Life West Coast 2008, taken by Gerald Augustinus.

The Golden Gate Bridge, January 19, 2008

An estimated 25,000 people took part in the March for Life West Coast 2008

The front of the March.

Marchers gather at Park Ferry Plaza, site of the rally.

Some of the youth groups that participated in the March.

Sisters of Life.

Father Frank A. Pavone, MEV. National Director, Priests for Life.

Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. founder Rev. Clenard Childress.

Gianna Jessen, abortion survivor.

Auxiliary Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, San Diego, who gave the opening prayer.

Archbishop George Niederauer, San Francisco, and Bishop Ignatius Wang, San Francisco.

Meeting the bishops.

Eva Muntean, co-chair for the March, is recognized for her hard work.

Related Articles, Interviews, and Book Excerpts:

Interview with Eva Muntean, Walk for Life WC 2005
"Women Deserve Better Than Abortion" | Walk for Life West Coast 2006
What Is "Legal"? On Abortion, Democracy, and Catholic Politicians | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
The Illusion of Freedom Separated from Moral Virtue | Raymond L. Dennehy
Introduction to Three Approaches to Abortion | Peter Kreeft
Some Atrocities are Worse than Others | Mary Beth Bonacci
Personally Opposed--To What? | Dr. James Hitchcock
Speaking Up For Life | Interview with Deirdre McQuade
Deadly Architects | Interview with Donald De Marco and Benjamin Wiker
What Is Catholic Social Teaching? | Mark Brumley

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