First, several pictures of the Walk for Life WC can be viewed on the Walk's website.
From The Christian Post:
The 5th Annual Walk for Life West Coast was also held just one day after President Barack Obama reversed the Bush administration's ban on federal funding of international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information.
"Women deserve better. Men deserve better. We all deserve better than abortion," Feminist for Life speaker Karen Shablin, a former member of the National Abortion Rights Action League, said Saturday, according to Walk for Life organizers.
For the past five years, the Walk for Life West Coast has been trying to reach out to women who have been affected by abortion and to show support for them and for women in crisis pregnancies – an aim slightly different from that of the much larger rally on the East Coast which drew up to 250,000 in Washington Thursday and raises awareness from a political standpoint.
This year’s rally in San Francisco took on a more political tone, however, as it was held just four days after the inauguration of President Obama, who many pro-life conservatives believe is on track to becoming the most pro-abortion president in the history of the nation.
"President Obama is the fulfillment of what the abortion industry always wanted and that was a black face to validate abortion," said the Rev. Clenard Childress, a Baptist pastor and founder of BlackGenocide.org who has spoken at the Walk since its inception in 2005.
As Feminist for Life’s Shablin, an African American, pointed out during Saturday’s rally, 37 percent of abortions are performed on black women – who make up only 13 percent of the population.
"I feel for the other side," said Patricia Jameson, 24, of San Francisco.
She said she worked against abortion as a youth minister until three years ago, when she was raped by her pastor and had an abortion. Now, she said, "I can't imagine my life without the fact that I can choose."
"In a lot of ways, the pro-choice and pro-life people are not that far apart," said Eleanor Levine, 66, of Oakland, whose pink Styrofoam coronet read, "Imagine Peace." Many of the anti-abortion marchers probably voted for Obama and oppose war, she said, and "it's important that we figure out how to get together."
"They want to protect women as well," said Marcela Smid, 28, a UCSF medical student who has performed abortions under a doctor's supervision at San Francisco General Hospital. "We just see reality very differently."
The tone was more confrontational along the route of the march on Embarcadero, where some abortion-rights advocates shouted at the marchers and gave thumbs-down signs while others chanted slogans like, "If you don't like abortion, then don't have one."
Some anti-abortion marchers shouted back, but the two sides stayed on opposite sides of a police barrier. There were no arrests or incidents of violence, said Sgt. Lyn Tomioka, a police spokeswoman.
The marchers, 10 to 15 abreast, covered the length of the Embarcadero from the foot of Market Street northward as they trekked toward Marina Green for a closing rally.
California Catholic Daily details some of the opposition to the March for Life. Sfist.com provides a snapshot of some of those protesting the Walk for Life (warning: partial nudity). IndyBay.org has several pictures of angry, vulgar protesters.