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Abortion groups plan opposing rallies today on Market Street

SF events to mark 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade ruling

Opposing voices in the abortion debate will meet today at the foot of San Francisco's Market Street for competing events marking the 37th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling.

The anti-abortion group organizing the annual Walk for Life West Coast will rally at 11 a.m. at Justin Herman Plaza. Organizers say they are expecting 35,000 people for their event, which includes a two-mile march through Fisherman's Wharf to the Marina Green.

An hour earlier, at 10 a.m., the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights will stage their own rally, also at Justin Herman Plaza. They are preparing a counter-demonstration along the same route at 11:30 a.m.

The Walk for Life event plans talks by speakers "exposing abuses in the abortion industry" and on what organizers claim is exploitation of women. The group started the event, held on the Saturday nearest to the Roe v. Wade decision, in San Francisco in 2005.

The Supreme Court issued its decision legalizing abortion on Jan. 22, 1973.

The pro-choice event will include "anti-abortion health care bill die-ins," "queer kiss-ins," hip-hop and other musical performances, as well as talks by community leaders.

Both groups said the rallies will be peaceful.

For more information, contact the Walk for Life event: Eva Muntean (415) 812-3101 or Dolores Meehan (415) 860-7899, or the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights: Eric Schiller, (650) 867-0386.

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Posted by Timothy T
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 20, 2010 at 8:13 am

Now that I'm safe, I'm pro-choice.


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Posted by Gunslinger
a resident of Danville
on Jan 20, 2010 at 8:15 am

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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Jan 20, 2010 at 9:07 am

Oh, boy! A live demonstration of the "forced birth" nutters. That should be widely entertaining.


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Posted by Jennifer R
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 20, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Thanks to Gunslinger for living proof of why pro-choice is so important.


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Posted by Gunslinger
a resident of Danville
on Jan 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jan 20, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Too far away to attend. I still support the outcome of this very important decision.

I don't think that this law will be reversed.

Go GALS GO!


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Posted by Dominic
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 22, 2010 at 8:23 am

Pro-choice is nothing more than selfishness with no regard for the sanctity of life! In a society with morality is relative, many are diluted into thinking this is about women's rights when it is not...
When one's moral compass is broken or lost often due to the prevalent ideas of relativism, people decide what is best for themselves disregarding the larger question of what is best for the baby or society as a whole...


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Posted by Gunslinger
a resident of Danville
on Jan 22, 2010 at 9:21 am

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Posted by Gunslinger
a resident of Danville
on Jan 22, 2010 at 9:24 am

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Posted by reasonable
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

There are many reasons for abortion -- not just selfish and weird ones and not just rape/incest. I've known women who desperately wanted a baby but were carrying one with a fatal defect. A young woman breaking up with the boyfriend because she was confused about her sexuality (she is now gay, no kids -- do the christian right/pro lifers really want her raising a child?). A college student in an abusive relationship, choosing a first trimester abortion so she could safely leave him. These were real situations. Of course there are abuses but the reality is complex.


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