Activists on both sides of the abortion issue held San Francisco events Saturday, the day before what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision granting women the right to end a pregnancy.
That decision was overturned in 2022, but actions on both sides continue.
The anti-abortion Walk For Life West Coast organization held its annual rally and march at 12:30 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza at 335 McAllister Street. After the hourlong rally, participants walked along Market Street to the Embarcadero Plaza at Market and Steuart streets.
Before that demonstration, more than a dozen groups in cooperation with the National Mobilization for Reproductive Justice-SF rallied at 11:30 a.m. at the Phillip Burton Federal Building at 450 Golden Gate Ave., after which participants marched down Larkin Street to the Civic Center for a counter-protest.
Participants in the counter-protest included the Freedom Socialist Party, the Raging Grannies, RiseUp 4 Abortion Rights-Bay Area and First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Francisco.
In large measure in response to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, California lawmakers have passed a slew of additional safeguards for abortion access, as well as putting a constitutional amendment on the November ballot, Proposition 1, which voters overwhelmingly approved.
A headliner among the new laws is one that shields women from prosecution if they end a pregnancy, even if it is self-induced or outside the medical system. The new law also ends the requirement that coroners investigate stillbirths, after two Kings County women were charged after testing positive for drugs.