Rain threatened yesterday’s March for Life in DC; it came through at today’s Walk for Life in San Francisco.
But just as weather has never dampened the spirits or resolve of pro-lifers who gather on the East Coast every January to mourn the anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, it hasn’t deterred West Coast pro-lifers either.
Crowd size estimates ranged from “more than 10k” to 35k….
San Francisco being the US’s liberal bastion and all, it should be no surprise the pro-abort counter-protesters – as minute a contingent as they comprised – were decidedly more robust.
Brad Mattes of Facing Life Head On was on hand to film for an upcoming episode and was kind enough to post a couple preliminary clips of the Walk on FLHO’s YouTube page to give us a sampling. First, some pro-aborts…
Then the pro-lifers…
San Francisco Chronicle political blogger Joe Garofoli decided to check things out and reported:
Organizers claim this was their largest demo yet, with 35k demonstrators participating, many of them traveling/busing in from churches all over California.
Crowd estimates are always hard to verify, but their march did stretch along the Embarcadero from the Ferry Building to almost Fisherman’s Wharf. (A reader just sent me a spread sheet with calculations estimating the crowd to be 22,809.)
The counter-demonstration, designed as sort of a “not in my house” defense of abortion rights here in liberal stronghold San Francisco, was pretty paltry. Nevertheless, the several dozen abortion rights demonstrators marched alongside the anti-abortion rights demonstrators along the march route.
Here’s some video… of what their peaceful – if noisy – interaction looked like along the Embarcadero Saturday. A line of SF police officers walked between the 2. As the saying goes, “This is what democracy looks like.”