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Sun Jun 5 2022 (Updated 01/21/23)
Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade!
Reproductive Justice Defenders Hit the Streets in San Francisco and Across Country
The National Mobilization for Reproductive Justice-SF and other organizations called for everyone in the San Francisco Bay Area who supports legal abortion to protest on the streets when the much anticipated Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization was announced on June 24.

Street protests were quickly organized in cities and towns large and small, most at 5pm nationwide.

In San Francisco, people rallied in several locations, including in front of the Phillip Burton Federal Building, at City Hall, and at the intersection of Powell and Market. The rally at the federal building morphed into a march to the cross streets of Market and 8th, where hundreds of demonstrators sat in the middle of the intersection for 49 minutes. The number of minutes was chosen to represent the number of years Roe v. Wade was law of the land.

During that sit-in, an estimated 3,000 people converged on the intersection from multiple marches that had started at different locations. While protesters blocked traffic at the Market Street location, thousands more protested at City Hall and in other parts of the city. About 200 people walked onto Highway 101 to demonstrate even more resistance. The Bay Area cities of San Jose, Berkeley, Oakland, San Jose, San Rafael and others also saw fast response actions on the 24th. Demonstrations continued on a smaller scale throughout the weekend.

photo SF Protest Demands National Abortion Rights | photo Fast Action on Hearing Supreme Court Decision in San Jose | photo 3000 Demonstrators at Sit-In at Market/8th Demand Reproductive Rights photo San Franciscans March in Anger | photo People pour into Federal Bldg Plaza to Express their Outrage on Day of Decision | video San Francisco is a Pro-Choice Town! Sit-In at Market and 8th | photo Abortion Rights Rally in Fresno June 28 | photo No Going Back! SF Rally Against The Attack On Reproductive Rights In San Francisco | photo Fury in San Francisco as Court Evicerates Rights | article SCOTUS Decision Will Trigger Immediate Protest in San Francisco | calendar Roe is overturned -- Protests Today, near you | article Overturning Roe is Illegitimate: SCOTUS Decision Must Not Stand

Related Feature: Protests Erupt Nationwide at Prospect of SCOTUS Ending 50 Years of Abortion Rights
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