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Lots of women.  A passion for justice.  Public demonstration to change legislation that hurts the most vulnerable.

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Yes, that’s right, I was marching in San Francisco on January 21, 2017 in the 13th Annual Walk for Life!

Tens of thousands of women, men, and children from across all the spectrum of nationalities and backgrounds gathered to speak up for the unborn and to expose the truth about abortion.

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Our group from Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara, California and St. Leo the Great in San Jose was comprised of over 200 people.

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First we gathered for Holy Mass at the St. Mary’s Cathedral with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.  Then we walked down to the Civic Center Plaza to join other youth, young adults, families, grandparents, and all those committed to defending life against the Culture of Death.

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Speakers included Reggie Littlejohn who works against sex-selective abortions of girls and the human-rights abuse of forced abortions in China, Melissa Ohden who survived a saline-solution abortion in 1977, and Pastor Clenard Howard Childress, Jr. a leading Pro-Life pastor and youth advocate.

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Following the Rally, the Walk for Life got underway from the Civic Center Plaza down Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza.

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We crossed paths a few times with angry protesters preparing for the “Women’s March” that took the same route just two hours later.  But overall the event was a true testimony to the best of American democracy: that despite media claims, we have grown to value freedom of speech enough in our culture to let others say what they will even when we disagree.

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See more photos from the Walk for Life Blog and on Facebook (“Walk for Life West Coast”).

As you can see in the videos from the day on the ground, the Walk for Life was peaceful, forceful, and consistent with an enduring confidence that love is stronger than hate, life is stronger than death, and abortion is never the answer. We can do better.

Next Pro-Life major event: Friday, January 27, 2017 in Washington!

Pray for the protection of all human life.  Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.