A couple of days ago, we celebrated my son's first birthday and yesterday (Saturday, January 22, 2011) we took him to his very first Walk for Life (West Coast) held in Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, California, USA. It was a wonderful witness to life as we saw, young and old, gathered together every year here in this part of the country. While we weren't able to stay that long to join the thousands who walked from the Embarcadero to the Marina Green after a short program, I was able to take some photos and few video clips that I wanted to share with the blog readers.
What a crowd! There were more who later joined the Walk.
"Abortion is always the wrong choice" -- But of course!
Ah! Is that a biretta I see?
Couples for Christ. The charismatic group that originated in the Philippines have always turned in large numbers during this Walk for Life events. I had been an active member of the CFC Singles for Christ (a ministry for single adults) some years ago and I was glad to see some familiar faces. I haven't been involved with CFC or SFC for quite sometime now since I'm more preoccupied with the Traditional Latin Mass community of St. Margaret Mary's Church in Oakland, CA.
Dolores Meehan, co-founder of the Walk for Life West Coast
Abby Johnson (former Planned Parenthood leader). Make sure you get your copy of her book "Unplanned". Portions of her sharing can be viewed at the bottom of this post.
David Bereit, National Campaign Director of the 40 Days for Life. The 40 Days for Life campaign was instrumental to Abby Johnson's dramatic turnaround from being pro-abortion to being pro-life!
Canon Jean Marie Moreau (Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest) waving the Vatican flag alongside the Institute banner before the walk started.
The Vatican flag being supported by some colorful balloons (a smart way of getting one's group easily identified if ever one is ever separated!
Family photo with Dolores Meehan (co-founder of the Walk for Life West Coast and fellow parishioner at St. Margaret Mary's Church)
More photos of the 2011 Walk for Life West Coast can be viewed on my picasa web album.
Here are some videos:
Portions of David Bereit's (National Campaign Director of 40 Days for Life) introduction to the first speaker of the 2011 Walk for Life West Coast program, Abby Johnson (former Planned Parenthood leader).
Portions of Abby Johnson's (former Planned Parenthood leader) sharing during the 2011 Walk for Life West Coast at San Francisco, CA last January 22.
Portions of Mary Poirier's (Prayerbreaks Ministry) abortion testimony during the 2011 Walk for Life West Coast at San Francisco, CA last January 22.