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Mon Jan 24 2011 (Updated 02/10/11)
Invaded by Anti-Choice Marchers, San Francisco Demonstrates for Women's Rights
Battle of Theatrics on Both Sides of the Abortion Issue During "Walk for Life"
San Francisco women's rights activists turned out some of their best street theater for an anti-abortion crowd of thousands that marched through the city on Saturday. Following an opening rally, which at least one anti-choice visitor tried to interrupt, women's rights demonstrators walked along the Embarcadero, shadowing the "Walk for Life" march. Protesters for women's health chanted loudly; a couple performed racy dances at various spots alongside the anti-choice march, shocking their opponents. Prochoice activists said that what is more shocking, however, is "the extremes to which the right wing will go to deny women health care."'

Most of the anti-abortion crowd were bused in from outside the Bay Area. They carried large banners with religious icons; some hoisted graphic photos and drawings of what they claimed to be the "products of abortion". Costumes on the anti-choice side included Uncle Sam and angel get-ups. This was the seventh annual march and counter-march in the city of San Francisco held to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the ruling that came down in favor of women's rights in 1973.

video Videos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 2 | 4 | photo Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | audio Audio: 1

BACORR (Bay Area Coalition for our Reproductive Rights)

Previous years of SF "Walk For Life" counter-protests: 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005
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