SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
About Contact Subscribe Calendar Publish Print Donate

San Francisco | LGBTI / Queer | Womyn | Front Page

Sat Jan 17 2009 (Updated 01/26/09) Anti-Woman, Anti-Gay "Walk for Life" Descends on San Francisco
Activists for Reproductive and Gay Rights Protest “March For Life” On January 24th, the "March For Life" took place in San Francisco. Tens of thousands of religious and social conservatives converged on San Francisco for an anti-abortion, anti-gay march down Embarcadero. Several hundred counter-protesters showed up to denounce the right-wing agenda of the marchers. The Bay Area Coalition for Reproduction Rights (BACORR) called on human rights supporters to protest this so-called “Walk for Life." Some theorize that the counter-protest was probably smaller than in previous years because some pro-choice groups and local corporate newspapers had encouraged people to ignore the march.

imc_photo.gif Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

As part of this year's protest, BACORR called attention to the ICE raids against immigrant communities. BACORR spokesperson Anita O’Shea writes “The ‘Walk for Life’ is part of a multi-pronged rightwing movement that includes bigots in suits as well as armed, vigilante Minutemen, clinic bombers, and gay bashers…..We must stop the blame game against women, immigrants and queers before the ultra-right gains momentum.”

In recent years the Catholic Church has helped push through two discriminatory acts, the “Conscience Rule” and Proposition 8. The "Conscience Rule" allows health care providers to refuse to fill a birth control prescription for "moral" reasons. BACORR co-chair Gemma Mirkinson responded to the institution of the Conscience Rule asking, “What’s next: refusing service to people with AIDS, or immigrants or transgender folks? This is nothing but bigotry sanctioned by the highest office of the land and applauded by the people who will trek through our city January 24.”

Bay Area Coalition For Our Reproductive Right | Jan 24, 10:30 a.m.: SF Defend Right to Abortion Rally | Interviews with BACORR Activists after the Roe V Wade pro-choice rally

Previous coverage on Indybay: Anti-Choice Conference Accuses Oakland Clinic of Participating in Black Genocide | Oakland Rally Before City Council to Demand Safe Access to Reproductive Health Services | Pro-Reproductive Rights Actions to Oppose “Walk for Life” on January 20th, 2007 | Bay Area Protests the Right Wing Chain of Life | Pro-Choice Messages Heard Loud and Clear in San Francisco | 5/12: Screening of "Speak Out: I Had an Abortion" | San Francisco Shows That it is Still a Pro-Choice City | Pope's Death Leaves Questions About Women's Future Role in Church | Anti-Choice Demonstration in San Francisco Protested by Militant Pro-Choice Crowd

04/23/15 After Three Deaths, Assaults and Thefts, New Group Presses Tulare Council to Take Action   Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Central Valley | Government & Elections
04/23/15 Paramount Farms Uses as Much Water for Almonds as 38M Californians Required to Conserve   Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections
04/22/15 Workers Employed by Driscoll's Suppliers Demand Higher Wages and Legally Required Benefits   Labor & Workers | International | Santa Cruz Indymedia
04/22/15 Community Raises Funds for Long-time Oakland Anti-Police Brutality Activist Jabari Shaw   Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice
04/20/15 Park Service Considering Ranch Plan to Remove Free-Roaming Tule Elk Herds   North Bay / Marin | Animal Liberation
04/19/15 Gill Tract, Occupy the Farm Activists Continue Campaign to Stop Sprouts from Paving Land   Environment & Forest Defense | Labor & Workers | Education & Student Activism | North Bay / Marin
04/19/15 Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, Marin Workers, Unions, and Allies Demand $15 Minimum Wage   Labor & Workers | South Bay | North Bay / Marin
04/18/15 Sheriff Hart Requests $47,925 to Fence Out Protesters from Santa Cruz County Jail   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
04/18/15 Community Members Reach Out to Those Victimized by Childhood Sexual Abuse   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia
04/18/15 Salinas and Capitola Police to Equip Entire Departments with Body Cameras   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
04/18/15 Group Says Auto-Wrecking Yard Should Relocate if it Can't Stop Polluting Marshlands   Environment & Forest Defense | Santa Cruz Indymedia