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Pro-Choicers of All Ages March through Downtown Los Altos
200 marched through downtown Los Altos in the annual Step Out for Choice event sponsored by AAUW of Mountain View-Los Altos. They rallied the day after the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade to celebrate the passage of that historical ruling.
Every year a rally and march for Choice is held as a counter measure to the Catholic church's anti-choice march through downtown Los Altos. Liz Figueroa, representing the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the U.S., is VP of Public Affairs, California with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. She spoke at the rally preceding the march, and then walked with about 200 other pro-choice women through the city.
Speaker Dr. Sophia Yen from the Trust Women/Silver Ribbon Campaign also spoke about the attack on women's reproductive rights.
From the Our Silver Ribbon website:
"The majority of Americans believe that women should have access to basic health care services and that decisions about reproductive health care including family planning and abortion should be left to each person. But in 2011, extremist politicians elected with a mandate to fix the current economic crisis instead chose to divert the public's attention with policy battles about these private decisions. They have declared a 'War on Women'. The U.S. House of Representatives and state legislatures have particularly focused on eliminating access to basic health care services and contraception as well as abortion, with severe consequences for the most vulnerable."
The Raging Grannies sang to start off the rally and led the marchers through the city's downtown area. Many small store employees came out of their shops to cheer on the marchers. The pro-choice group was also greeted with supportive honks and waves from passersby.
Grannies lead the march with songs and chants
Inside the site of the rally held before march