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Women and Their Allies March For Reproductive Rights - Again
by Leon Kunstenaar
Many organizations in spirited march through Berkeley in follow up to March 8 action
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Photos: Leon Kunstenaar / Pro Bono Photo

Groups including the National Mobilization for Reproductive Justice-SF (NMRJ-SF) gathered in UC Berkeley Sproul Plaze for a rally and march through Berkeley on Saturday, April 9th.

There were speeches and music. A visiting Irish mother told of the trauma that she had to go through in Ireland to obtain a medically required abortion in spite of that country's very slightly liberalized laws.

The crowd heard about women in the U.S. who now stand accused of murder because they wanted to end their pregnancies in fascist controlled states and about the Supreme Court about to make abortion illegal again.

Wearing the movement color green, marchers held "mini" rallies in the courtyards of several UC dormitories where they shouted slogans including "keep your rosaries off my ovaries" and "it's not a baby till it comes out, that's what birthdays are all about." They called on students to join them.

In addition to NMRJ-SF participating organizations included the Bay Area Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Coalition, Revcom US, the Freedom Socialist Party, UUSF Women's Rights Group and, of course, the Raging Grannies.

They held a "die in" in downtown Berkely and then returned to Sproul Plaza.

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