Supervisors attack pro-life Market Street banners

From 2013 Walk for Life

From 2013 Walk for Life

The following comes from a Jan. 14 story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Mayor Ed Lee may be staying out of the brouhaha over a series of anti-abortion banners on this liberal city’s main thoroughfare, but the Board of Supervisors isn’t.

On Tuesday, Supervisor David Campos introduced a resolution that would put the board on record opposing the banners, which read  “Abortion hurts women” and were put up last month in anticipation of a January 25 antiabortion rally.

While the Department of Public Works, which issued the permits for the banners, has already weighed in, saying they do not consider content — only whether there’s profanity or nudity — Campos’ resolution calls for a review of the city’s permitting process of the banners. The resolution states that they “appear to violate City regulations in several respects, including failure to fit a category of permissible banners, failure to display an accurate date for a related event, and failure to avoid lamp posts that also display holiday snowflakes.” An aide for Campos said he plans to hold a hearing on the issue.

Campos also calls for the city to devote all proceeds from the banners to a campaign “to educate vulnerable populations regarding true information about reproductive health and rights, including accurate information about the safety of abortions.”

While the resolution (excerpted below) may have many San Franciscans nodding in agreement, it’s seems unlikely that city has any legal right to refuse to post something simply because politicians don’t like the message.  Remember those anti-Muslim ads on Muni?

In case you’re interested, here are a few of the resolution’s 12 “whereas” clauses:

“WHEREAS, Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the United States and the risk of death is 12 times higher for carrying a pregnancy to term, compared with abortion, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; and

WHEREAS, Many women routinely lost their lives from illegal abortions before the landmark Supreme Court Case, Roe v. Wade, legalized abortion in 1973; and

WHEREAS, One in three American women will have an abortion by age 45 and 95% of heterosexually active couples have used birth control; and

WHEREAS,  Denied abortion care perpetuates poverty, and women with incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level are already five times more likely to have unintended pregnancies; and

WHEREAS, We are proud that San Francisco and California have strong policies to assure women’s reproductive health rights, which include ready access to affordable and legal family planning services, including abortion care;

and WHEREAS, The prominent display of false anti-abortion statements on public property on Market Street misrepresents the City’s support for reproductive health, rights, and justice, undermines women’s personal and private medical decisions, and thereby undermines public health.”

To read the original story, click here.



  1. R.B. Rodda says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing the banners in person…

  2. Tom Byrne says:

    I’m looking forward these geniuses on the SFBS confronting “real science” on the issue of abortion. What will they say once they’ve heard it?

    Everybody pray the Second Psalm.

    • Great post Tom–agreed. Say, when are we going to remove the wolves from all of the hen houses. Haven’t they had their fill? I’m talking about every city, state, and federal department that has the responsibility for the safety and welfare of the family–and especially women and children?

  3. Elizabeth says:

    ‘Appears to violate City regulations in several respects’

    Funny, didn’t mention that last year when the pro-aborts put their banners up on Market Street!!!!

    Speaking as a fourth generation San Franciscan, I wish these people who have hijacked the beautiful City of Saint Francis would have a conversion and if that were not to happen………….return to their place of origin!!!!

  4. Charles O'Connell says:

    When a whole society loses its mind by declaring that abortion is healthcare, expect the sorry parade of lost souls wandering aimlessly on San Francisco streets to become the worldwide norm.

    “Govt Loses Bid to Conceal Documents Showing AIDS-Depo Provera Link”

    Lawyers for U.S. government agencies have failed in an initial attempt to force a watchdog group to remove leaked documents from the group’s website. The documents describe studies showing complications of a long-lasting contraceptive heavily backed by the agencies and the Gates Foundation for use by African women.

    The U.S. agencies are accused of attempting to conceal their knowledge of studies showing women using the injectable contraceptive Depo Provera are at higher risk of getting HIV/AIDS.

  5. More banners!!!!

    They had to make it specific to abortion so that the Gay banners could continue.

    What a vicious, anti-free speech town SF has become.

  6. good cause says:

    Not much free speech left in the “land of the left”

  7. I am really looking forward to the West Coast Walk for Life 2014 in San Francisco in a couple of weeks. My first walk was last year, on a bus sponsored by COLFS, with a load of young people, our future policy makers, movers and shakers. Their enthusiasm was earth shaking and appropriate to the area. There is no question that San Francisco is the “belly of the beast” when it comes to the kookie, off-center, and totally-without-compassion City by the Bay. (Sorry if you are a native, but that is what I see, and what it seems to be.) I expected to be swallowed up whole at any minute, my fear factors were on high alert, there was no question, that place is a cess pool. I find that really disheartening, since it is named for Saint Francis, a peaceful and loving man, who found good, or at least tried to find good, in everyone he encountered. If he could go to the Holy Land and speak to the people who murdered Christians who were on pilgrimage, I can certainly walk for the unborn in danger of being killed by abortion. It should come as no surprise that the Board of Supervisors in that poor (in spirit) city would put out their list. They appear to be blind to the humanity that is lost to abortion, and openly blind in adoration at the altar of Abortion and Death. I think it might be helpful to print up a few statistics as handouts as I walk. They can’t argue with hard facts, but if they discard them, that could confirm their strident obstinence and committment to all sins of the flesh. Saint Francis, deliver your namesake city from themselves, they know not what they do.

    • And that’s why it’s so important to attend these pro-life events. In San Francisco, with the demonic jeering crowds, you remember what you learned before being confirmed – that you are a soldier of Christ!! See you at the march.

  8. Horendo Mendoza says:

    Look. This is easy. How many women per/1000 have died from an abortion? How many per/1000 have died from giving birth? Which is the greater threat to women’s health?

    • The important number is the 1000 babies that have died per 1000 abortions!!

    • Sure, Horendo, it’s very easy when you put it that way. But it’s too narrow a description of what actually happens. Health can be severely damaged without resulting in death. Listen to the women who came through their abortions just fine, phyiscally, yet suffer to this day from aborting their children.

  9. Michael McDermott says:

    The ‘Gov. Lt.’ (former Frisco Mayor Gravid Nuisance) was having it off with a Female Subordinate, married to his campaign manager, and still got elected… Thanks to Heavy Media Censorship… Outside this one article

    AIDE QUITS AS NEWSOM’S AFFAIR WITH HIS WIFE IS REVEALED / Campaign manager confronts mayor, who is ‘in shock’

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