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West Coast Rally for Reproductive Justice
by Mei Bo Chan
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2012 12:50 AM
Today is the 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision, extending a woman's right to privacy to include the right to have an abortion. On January 20th pro-choice activists rallied to say: it's a woman's right to choose whether to proceed with a pregnancy.
Yesterday's pro-choice rally in Justin Herman Plaza was a positive, family-friendly event for people to celebrate the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Pro-choice advocates said women have the inherent right to make our own medical decisions.

Speakers in photos here are Senator Mark Leno and Dr. Sophia Yen of Trust Women. The Raging Grannies and Ziva Hadar performed on stage.

Representatives from CA NOW, Radical Women, World Can't Wait and Bacorr (Bay Area Coalition for our Reproductive Rights) were present to greet the crowd and help celebrate, but at the same time give warning that right wing bigots would continue to try to push their religious beliefs on others and infringe on civil liberties.

A group called "Against Cuts" consisting of activists working for a fair budget came to table and support the pro-choicers.

Speakers said that all women deserve access to safe, legal abortions on demand. Dr. Sophia Yen of "Trust Women" and the Silver Ribbon Campaign emphasized that Plan B is a right, not a privilege. Supervisor David Chiu said we must say no to so-called "crisis pregnancy centers". He said he is proud of a measure he and his fellow supervisors approved last fall that moves the city toward a law banning the centers. It is well known that such centers mislead women into believing they offer abortion services when they actually coerce and intimidate women with anti-abortion propaganda.

Participants celebrated women's rights, as the Walk for Life, largely religious in nature, gathered in Civic Center.
by Mei Bo Chan Sunday Jan 22nd, 2012 12:50 AM
§Atheists Support Freedom FROM Religion
by Mei Bo Chan Sunday Jan 22nd, 2012 12:50 AM
It is our right to not be oppressed by religious beliefs of others.
§The crowd in Justin Herman Plaza
by Mei Bo Chan Sunday Jan 22nd, 2012 12:50 AM
Raging Granny interview aired on CBS affiliate on that evening's news
§TV cameras gave great coverage to pro-choice side
by Mei Bo Chan Sunday Jan 22nd, 2012 12:50 AM
Reviewing the news coverage on NBC, CBS and ABC SF Bay Area affiliates, the pro-choice rally was given good coverage. The TV newscasters gave their "oh, here they come again, yawn" coverage of the gathering in Civic Center and by now ho-hum march of thousands of dazed looking outsiders. So-called "pro-lifers" (who don't care if women die or become destitute) probably didn't see it though, as they were headed back to wherever they came from.
§Silver Ribbon Crew
by Mei Bo Chan Sunday Jan 22nd, 2012 12:50 AM
Also called: Trust Women
§Dr. supports choice
by Mei Bo Chan Sunday Jan 22nd, 2012 12:50 AM
§Stephanie Tang of World Can't Wait
by Mei Bo Chan Sunday Jan 22nd, 2012 12:50 AM
§At 1:00 a countermarch
by Mei Bo Chan Sunday Jan 22nd, 2012 12:50 AM
The sign says it all

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by blackeye1776
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2012 10:27 AM
I was at a memorial for a friend so I couldn't be there, but good planning and good result! Congrats and thanks to all who sponsored and a couple of super loyal participants, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the Raging Grannies. You all rock! What is really great is the family participation as well.
by Jacob
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2012 2:12 PM
It blows my mind to think that someone would not only fight to defend their own ability to legally kill their child, but also stand in solidarity with the murderous actions of others, even going so far as to call it a "right". Seriously- it makes absolutely no sense at all UNLESS you think the zygote, embryo, fetus, etc. are simply not a human being. If that's the case, can I advise the "pro-choice" movement to make this their central point? There should be big signs that say, "It's not a person, it's a...". I don't know what someone would use to finish that statement, but I'd be interested to hear an honest response. Similarly, I think it would help if pro-lifer's shut up about God or about women and simply made the case "Outlaw murder in the womb!". This would clarify the contest to a great degree, don't you think? Because, if it is murder, then it is neither a right, nor is it a "privilige" I wish to allow to anyone by law. In fact it should be grounds for the severest penalties of law (life in prison at least). Just saying, let's be clear about what we're talking about here.
by blackeye1776
Sunday Jan 22nd, 2012 4:58 PM
There is no reasoning with the right wing on this issue. Their way or the highway. The right to privacy between a woman and her physician is absolute. You have no knowledge of the circumstances but are willing to judge in full ignorance a woman who makes this choice.

There will always be abortion, one way or another. Better safe and legal. The Catholic Church even opposes birth control. Because every sperm is sacred!