Thousands of anti-abortion advocates took to the streets Saturday for the Walk for Life rally in San Francisco, many of them also demonstrating a big show of support for President Trump.
Bay Area churches held prayer vigils Friday night before the walk, and marchers said they’re encouraged after Trump addressed the crowd at the annual anti-abortion rally in Washington DC.
Trump is the first sitting president to ever join the rally in person.
“I think it’s truly phenomenal,” said Ginu Scaria of San Francisco. “I’m glad we have a president speaking up for the right to life.”
Archbishop Alexander Sample of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Portland said that a lot of young people were involved in the anti-abortion movement.
"All the young people," he said. "That's the amazing thing is that this crowd is mostly young people who call themselves the pro-life generation."
The Trump administration is also taking aim at California’s law for private insurance companies to cover abortion, threatening to withhold federal funds if the state doesn’t change that mandate.
The state attorney general said California will continue to fight for families’ access to healthcare, including women’s constitutional right to abortion.
Marchers also appreciate Trump's judicial nominations. They believe those nominees could be anti-abortion voices and a chance to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 47-year-old supreme court case that legalized abortion.
"We all agree that abortion is a bad idea," said Dolores Meehan, a marcher at Saturday's rally. "So if we have people who are well-reasoned on the court, we trust that they're going to see it that way too."
Marchers hope that Roe v. Wade will be overturned soon.
"I know that our school and my friends have been praying for an overturning of Roe versus Wade," said Peter Reilly, and anti-abortion advocate.