Jan 27, 2014 / 08:52 am
This past Saturday the tenth annual Walk for Life West Coast drew people from across the nation and of all age groups, particularly young adults and college students, to a prayerful witness to the value of life.
“We drove up yesterday, an eight hour drive, and we’re here to support the movement to end abortion, and to join with other Christians, and other people of faith – and people not of faith – because abortion is not a Christian topic … to fight alongside them, and to pray for an end to abortion,” Simon Esshaki, 22, told CNA Jan. 25 while preparing to begin the Walk.
Esshaki, a seminarian of the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle, had traveled on a bus from San Diego among a sizable group of Chaldean Catholics to participate in the pro-life witness held annually in San Francisco.
Many of the some 50,000 participants were university students, coming from Berkeley across the bay, Thomas Aquinas College downstate, and even from Wyoming Catholic College, four states away.
Jordan Gunnaway, a senior at Wyoming Catholic, told CNA she was “extremely impressed by the number of people.”
She noted the unity of Christians of different denominations who were “all there for the same purpose,” as well as the enthusiasm of the Walk’s participants, especially “the joy of everyone singing, praying, chanting.”
Participants came from across the country – as far away as Virginia, and alongside Catholics were Lutherans, Anglicans, Baptists, and agnostics as well.
At a rally held just before the Walk, one of the event’s co-founders, Eva Muntean, stressed the importance of changing hearts, and transforming the culture of death into a culture of life. “Laws change because people change,” she reminded those gathered.
The rally’s speakers included Grace Dulaney, of the Agnus Dei Foundation, who spoke of the importance of adoption in supporting the value of life, and Clenard Childress, who addressed the profound threat abortion is to the African-American community.
Monica Snyder, of the group Secular Pro-Life, noted that abortion “is not solely a religious” issue. The agnostic called abortion an issue of “human rights, not religion,” pointing out that it doesn’t take faith to recognize abortion as murder. …
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