SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- January 18 -- News Advisory: On Saturday, January 22, at 10 a.m. at Powell and Market streets, the San Francisco Area Pro-Choice Coalition and advocates for women's rights, healthcare access, equality and justice will rally to support women's health, lives and reproductive rights.|
Following the rally, the Pro-Choice Coalition and community members will march for women's health and lives down Market Street to Embarcadero. From the Embarcadero, pro-choice community members will march to Aquatic Park and assemble there in the afternoon.
The rally and march will celebrate the gains made in women's rights as a result of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion in this country and guaranteed a woman's right to choose.
The rally and march are in demonstration against anti-choice extremists who will descend on San Francisco on the same day to push a radical agenda that opposes access to reproductive freedom in all is forms including access to abortion, birth control services, and medically accurate sex education. Supporters of the anti-choice protest include groups with a history of intimidation and clinic harassment, who oppose not only women's rights, but also other civil liberties like freedom of religion and marriage equality.
The Bay Area has always been a leader in protecting human rights. In support of the San Francisco Area Pro-Choice Coalition, San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley have passed resolutions establishing official positions that their municipalities are pro-choice and commemorating January 22, 2005 as Stand Up For Choice Day.
The San Francisco Area Pro-Choice Coalition includes Access - Women's Health Rights Coalition, American Association of University Women, American Civil Liberties Union - Northern California, A.N.S.W.E.R, Bay Area Women in Black, California Women's Agenda, Center for Young Women's Development, Code Pink - San Francisco, Democratic Socialists of America, Gabriela Network, Law Students for Choice, League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Alameda, and Emeryville, Many United for Feminism, NARAL Pro-Choice California, National Women's Political Caucus - Alameda North, National Women's Political Caucus - San Francisco, Oakland East Bay NOW, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, Radical Women, San Francisco for Democracy, SF State Students Against War, Socialist Viewpoint, Solidarity, Tri-Valley NOW, The Women's Building, Women's Intercultural Network, YWCA - San Francisco and Marin, YWCA - Berkeley, International Socialist Organization, AAUW California, Women's Choice Clinic, The Ruckus Society, Community United Against Violence, Wellstone Democratic Club, Women's Dialog Alliance, and Not In Our Name.