Walk for Life West Coast

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The Walk for Life West Coast is an annual pro-life event protesting abortion, held in San Francisco, California. It is held on a Saturday on or near January 22, the anniversary date of the decision in the United States Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade.

The first Walk for Life was held on January 22, 2005. Several thousand protesters (7,000, according to organizers)[1] gathered downtown in Justin Herman Plaza and marched 2.5 miles to the Marina Green via the waterfront.[1][2]

Organizers claimed 15,000 demonstrators in 2006 and 20,000 in 2007. In 2008, the San Francisco Chronicle put the number of demonstrators at at least 10,000.[3] On Saturday, January 24, 2009, organizers claimed "tens of thousands" of marchers.[4] On Saturday, January 22, 2011, more than 40,000 people gathered for the seventh annual Walk, in downtown San Francisco.[2][5]

Supporters of legal abortion have staged yearly counter-demonstrations, smaller in size than the pro-life demonstration.[3] Local media noted that the tone in encounters between opposing sides grew less confrontational in 2009.[6]

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  1. ^ a b History: 2005. Walk for Life West Coast website. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
  2. ^ a b The 7th Annual Walk for Life brings 50,000 to stand for Life! (home page). Walk for Life West Coast website. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
  3. ^ a b Ustinova, Anastasia; Russell, Sabin (January 20, 2008). "Thousands march against abortion in S.F.". SFGate (San Francisco Chronicle). Hearst Communications, Inc. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Tens of Thousands Crowd San Francisco Waterfront, Rally Against Abortion" (Press release). Walk for Life West Coast. January 24, 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  5. ^ Pronechen, Joseph (January 25, 2011). "United for the Unborn: UPDATED: Walk for Life West Coast draws record crowds, as other events bring together pro-lifers". National Catholic Register. Circle Media, Inc. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  6. ^ Bronstein, Phil (January 26, 2009). "BronsteinAtLarge: Obama's latest feat - bridging the pro-choice/pro-life divide?". SFGate (San Francisco Chronicle). Retrieved 2011-01-27. 

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