Former Miss West Virginia Jackie Stalnaker (now a regional representative for Silent No More Campaign, an organization of women who have had abortions) spoke to an estimated 40,000 people at last year’s March for Life in San Francisco.
In the video above, Jackie admits, “My boyfriend and I crossed a boundary and when we crossed that boundary we created a life.” She describes being escorted into an abortion clinic against her will by the boyfriend who got her pregnant and who was now holding a gun to her side. “In my moment of fear and desperation I allowed it to happen. . . I was screaming in pain and the nurse was holding me down when the doctor said, ‘Hold on one more second, Jackie, there’s only one more part to remove.’ So I knew my child had been dismembered piece by piece. I was given no recovery time or instructions except to take an aspirin or go to ER. . . When I came out, my boyfriend was gone. . .”
Leaving the clinic, Jackie was crossing the city’s main thoroughfare when she collapsed in the middle of the street. She ended up losing six units of blood and having to be hospitalized for three days. She nearly bled to death. “I held that secret for 22 years. . .”
More on the 2012 Walk for Life from their website: Banging drums, playing guitars and chanting “We are pro-life,” the enthusiastic throngs filled Market Street and stopped all traffic for more than a mile. Organizers estimated more than 40,000 attended the Walk.
“We are here to say life is the choice and women are hurt by abortion,” said Dolores Meehan, co-chair of the Walk for Life West Coast, which is held on the Saturday closest to the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion. (Note: This year, 2013, the Walk for Life was delayed a week in deference to the inauguration.)
Walk co-chair Eva Muntean urged participants to sign petitions to put a parental notification of a minor’s intent to procure an abortion on the California ballot and urged support for a state initiative for a personhood amendment.
At the rally, Dr. Vansen Wong, an ob-gyn, told his story of performing abortions to pay off his medical bills, saying he ended hundreds of lives over the course of seven years working at an evening abortion clinic for his employer. “Abortion is barbaric, abortion is intolerable,” said Dr. Wong, who now works with a pro-life medical clinic where pregnant women receive ultrasounds. ”Abortion has no place in any civilized society,” Dr. Wong said.
In addition to Jackie Stalnaker, speakers included Lori Hoye, an African American activist whose mother became pregnant at 15 and whose sister had an abortion, and the Baptist preacher Rev. Clenard Childress who has spoken at seven of the eight Walks.
“You are the salt of the earth,” Childress told the Walk for Life crowd. “This is more than a pro-life movement. This is a holy spirit movement because the spirit addresses evil.”