Friday marked the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade, which made abortion legal in all 50 states. On Saturday, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles to stand against abortion and for the unborn.
The Walk for Life in San Francisco featured speakers Obianuju Ekeocha, founder and president of Culture of Life Africa which rejects international aid tied to anti-life initiatives; and David Deleiden, the citizen journalist whose undercover videos recorded Planned Parenthood officials trafficking in the parts of aborted babies. Obianuju Ekeocha said during her speech in Civic Center Plaza:
“They tell us the lie that women– in order to have opportunities and in order for us be successful– we must have abortion rights. I stand here before you not just as a black person or an African person. I stand here before you as a woman to say we should never have to buy success with the blood of our babies.”
OneLife LA also took place in Los Angeles, drawing more than 15,000 people to celebrate the dignity and value of all human life. Speakers at OneLife LA included Nick Vujicic, who travels around the world sharing his powerful story of challenges and blessings despite being born without limbs; Millicent “Mama” Hill, a local hero and retired LAUSD school teacher who founded Mama Hill’s Help out of her living room to keep kids off the street. Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles said of the event:
“OneLife LA means sharing the love of God with others – especially those who are poor and forgotten, and those who are alone and excluded. With God’s love – there are no boundaries, no borders, no barriers. Let’s keep building our friendships and together let us build a Los Angeles that welcomes life and serves life and celebrates life.”
Immaculate Heart Radio broadcast live from both events. In San Francisco we weathered the rain…
And enjoyed the sunshine as hosts Ed Horodko and Bob Dunning interviewed pro-life leaders and aired the speeches during the pre-walk rally.
In Los Angeles hosts Don Johnson and Cy Kellett also interviewed pro-life leaders, including Archbishop Jose Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
It was an honor to take part in these wonderful pro-life events. We pray that more people will see the beauty, dignity, and value of human life at all stages.