Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the 15th annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco this weekend, including people from the Stockton Diocese, which includes Lodi.
“It is an opportunity to demonstrate our belief that women deserve better than abortion, that we should be caring for women and that abortion hurts the baby, but it also hurts the woman,” Kim Fuentes, director of the Life and Dignity Ministry for the Stockton Diocese, said on Friday.
According to the event’s website, the walk takes place on or near Jan. 22 every year — the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that legalized abortion — as a way to “peaceably protest abortion.”
The Stockton Diocese has participated in the walk every year since it began, Fuentes said, starting with five sponsored buses the first year.
“At our peak, we probably sponsored 30 buses,” Fuentes said. “Now, parishes are sponsoring buses on their own. We also have lots of people, because we’re so close to San Francisco, who drive over or take BART.”
The event includes Catholic mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, the website said, and an information fair from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza.
The main event begins with a rally from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza, followed by the walk itself.