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Wed Jan 19 2022 (Updated 03/05/22)
Counter-Protesters Rise Up at Anti-Abortion "Walk for Life"
On Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Pro-Choice and Anti-Choice Demonstrators Face Off
The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to make a ruling that could overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion. Advocates for reproductive justice showed up on the forty-ninth anniversary of the landmark decision to reignite the movement to control their bodies. Activists provided a counter-presence to the annual anti-abortion “Walk for Life” in San Francisco.

Reproductive justice supporters rallied at the Phillip Burton Federal Building/U.S. Courthouse at 450 Golden Gate beginning at 11:30am with street theater, chanting, dance, and music. At 12:30pm they marched with banners a block to the Civic Center where Walk for Life was holding their pre-march event. Pro-abortion attendees created a strong visible presence and held a speak out clarifying their demands.

The counter protest was spearheaded by the National Mobilization for Reproductive Justice—San Francisco with other groups and individuals participating and supporting. This was the 18th year that Walk for Life has marched through San Francisco with permits from the city. There have been counter protests on most of those occasions. Organizers said, “This year of all years, with Roe in danger of being overturned, we head to the streets to rise up for reproductive justice.”

photo Walk For "Life" Disrupted by Women's Rights Protest (2022) | calendar Rise Up to Defend Abortion Rights!

Related Features:
Anti-Abortionists Countered in San Francisco (2017) | SF Counter Protesters Mount Spirited Opposition to Anti-Abortion "Walk For Life (2016) | Abortion Wars on the Streets of SF (2015) | Annual Anti-Abortion "Walk for Life West Coast" Returns to San Francisco(2014) | Roe v. Wade Anniversary Inspiration for Pro-Choice Rally, Flash Mob and Protest (2013) | Pro-Choice Rallies Surround 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade (2012) | Invaded by Anti-Choice Marchers, San Francisco Demonstrates for Women's Rights (2011) | San Francisco Is Pro-Choice and Proud (2010) | Supporters of Reproductive and Gay Rights Protest “March For Life (2009) | Roe v. Wade Anniversary Observed in San Francisco (2008) | Pro-Reproductive Rights Actions to Oppose “Walk for Life” on January 20th (2007) | Roe v. Wade Anniversary Observed in San Francisco (2007) | Pro-Choice Messages Heard Loud and Clear in San Francisco (2006) | "Walk for Life" Meets Pro-Choice SF | Thousands Turn Out in San Francisco to Defend Roe v. Wade (2005)
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