Yesterday, I took part as a crowd monitor in the first annual West Coast Walk For Life, which took place in San Francisco. News story in the SF Chronicle here, nice pictures here.
The counter protestors were the usual bunch of howling leftists, whose chants and insults betrayed little more than a deep, deep ignorance. As you can see from the photos linked above, the marchers were just normal folks, mostly Catholic. It was almost eerie how quiet and gentle the crowd of 6,000 marchers was, a silence you could hear whenever the moonbats simmered down, which was pretty rarely. I'll bet some mighty harsh bong hits were assaulting some mighty raw leftist throats last night!
The San Francisco police did a masterful job protecting the flanks of the march. I was a bit surprised that the march route took us right down the main drag of Fisherman's Wharf. When we were most of the way through the Wharf district, about 40 counter protestors suddenly sat down in the street right in front of the march, impeding our progress. How brave! Just like the civil rights movement! Except for being on the equivalent of the "KKK side" and all. Pro-Choice, Pro-Child. Pro-Lynching, Pro-Black. You know, whatever.
The police quickly came up with a contingency plan, and after a 15 minute stand off, we simply did an about face and took a side route, leaving the folks sitting in the street to enjoy their "victory".
At one point as we walked by, someone was shouting "Where are the lions! We need lions!" Refreshing candor, for once.
It was quite obvious from many of the signs and chants that this was about a lot more than abortion to the left wingers. Here we were, the shock troops of Chimpler's Fascist Amerikka, and they were here to give us what for. What was amusing is that their din simply made the whole thing kind of festive and worthwhile. It just wouldn't have been the same without them...
Here's what one Free Republic commenter had to say:
hi San Francisco area Freepers! I was there today. First rally I've done of any kind since before the 2000 election. What an amazing experience.
The Walk for Life crowd was respectful, humble, quiet, civilized, law abiding (and fully dressed), prayerful, cheerful and friendly.
The people protesting the Walk for Life were everything CCC said- it is really hard to describe. The pics do it best. The comments hurled toward us were shocking, as were most of the signs they held.
The SF police were wonderful. I would not have wanted to be there without their friendly, watchful protection. I think I'll send them a thank you note for their work.
Many of the opposition side were telling us to go back to the valley; back to 'Modesto'. They told us that we were not welcome in their city. The hateful things they said were amazing. The only ones that really stick in my mind were the ones with the spiritual element; like how they hate God, and how they hate Christians. They were very open about it.
The walk was a happy success. The theme was a very positive , pro woman, pro family, 'Women deserve better'. It was a beautiful day and I made a few new friends and saw old friends, and it was very encouraging to see so many people from all over CA and even from other states, who love life and want to encourage America to choose life.
Update: Here's an account by a Stanford student who attended.
Update: The opposition now has a photo gallery.
Update: The opposition has made a video .WMV file available here. Enjoy the cacophany. Note that there is neither screaming nor obnoxious chants to be heard from the pro-lifers.
Update: Some opposition blog post narratives here and here. One contains the paragraph:
Mom and I reached Market Street, turned left and--God Bless America!--there were thousands of like-minded gals, guys and babes, toting signs, blowing whistles, banging drums, flying their ubiquitious green "Pro-Choice" balloons high in the air. (I appreciated that choice of green balloons, myself, that fertile, verdant, full of life color.)
Update: Over-the-top leftist raving here and here. Some prime stuff. Fight the Power, Man!
Update: Lying is the greatest tribute.
Update: Very good Coulter column here.
Update: Sowell takes notice.
Update: Margaret Sanger's grandson says it's time to drop the fig leaf and celebrate abortion.
Update: Some new and remarkably high-quality photos are here.
Update: Letter to the Chronicle from a pro-choice marcher who contrasts the rage of the pro-choice marchers with the peacefulness of the pro-life marchers (toward the bottom of the letters page).