Rain, politics donít deter tens of thousands at 20th annual Walk for Life West Coast

Friday, Jan. 26, 2024
By OSV News

SAN FRANCISCO  — Undaunted by rain and the dismal political outlook in California, tens of thousands of pro-life supporters turned out for the 20th annual Walk for Life West Coast in one of the most pro-abortion cities in the country.

“We stand because we know that life is greater than death. And human life is the future, pro-life is the future,” Live Action founder Lila Rose, a Californian, told the crowd at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. “You truly, truly are shining lights in a dark city. California, our beautiful state is not the sum of ... the evil we have permitted here. There is so much good here and every single one of you are living proof of that.”

Just months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and returned abortion to the states, California voters in November 2022 approved Proposition One, a state constitutional amendment enshrining abortion as a right up until the moment of birth. After Roe was overturned, California Gov. Gavin Newsom began promoting California as an abortion destination.

“The situation we face has much darkness. When we look at the darkness in this state and our country it can be tempting to think that change is not coming, and that change is not possible. But we would be wrong to think that,” said Rose, the founder of a human rights nonprofit with an international digital footprint which has made headlines for its investigations of Planned Parenthood. San Francisco has nine abortion facilities, and California has 150, Rose said, but she urged hope.

“There are thousands of pro-life families in California, and millions of pro-life people in California,” said Rose, who is pregnant with her third child. More than 32,000 children have been saved from abortion in the U.S. since the June 2022 Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling, she said. “So don’t let anyone tell you that darkness is winning.”

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