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CURRENT ISSUE:  January 11, 2010
VOL. 48, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
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Sixth annual Walk for Life Jan. 23

Participants in last year’s Walk for Life West Coast make their way along the San Francisco waterfront, Jan. 24. It has been 37 years since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion across the country.
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More than 30,000 people are expected to converge on San Francisco Jan. 23 to publicly reaffirm that abortion is not the answer to unplanned pregnancies. They will come from throughout the state and beyond for the sixth annual Walk for Life West Coast. It will begin at 11 a.m. with a rally at Justin Herman Plaza, followed by a two-mile walk along San Francisco’s Embarcadero.

Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone is one of at least seven bishops expected to take part in the event. Others include San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer, Auxiliary Bishop William Justice of San Francisco, and Bishop Daniel Walsh of Santa Rosa.

Scheduled rally speakers include Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee who has become an abortion opponent; Lila Rose, president of Live Action, a youth-led pro-life movement; and the Rev. Clenard Childress, a Baptist pastor and director of LEARN (Life Education and Resource Network), an African American pro-life organization.

During the rally the St. Gianna Molla Award will be presented to David Bereit, national campaign director of 40 Days for Life, a pro-life campaign that focuses on prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil to end abortion in America.

Following the rally there will be a two-mile walk along San Francisco’s waterfront to the Marina Green, concluding in a Silent No More gathering, reaching out to women and men who were involved in abortions and providing a forum for them to share their pain. An information faire about pro-life and post-abortion healing resources will also take place at Marina Green.

In conjunction with the rally and walk several other events have been planned.

On Jan. 22, the third annual Standing Up 4Life Walk will take place at noon at Oakland City Hall, followed by a Leadership 4Life Conference at 2:30 p.m. at Chosen Vessels Christian Church, 710 Haight Ave. in Alameda. This year’s conference will focus on the impact of abortion in the minority community.

Also on Jan. 22, Oakland Bishop Cordileone will host the East Bay Memorial Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., in Oakland.

On Jan. 23, there will be an 8 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St. in San Francisco. A party for young adult participants in the Walk for Life will take place after the walk at St. Dominic Parish Hall, 2390 Bush St. in San Francisco. There will be a $5 cover charge.

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