Abortion rights supporters protest in San Francisco – NBC Bay Area
Thousands of people took to the streets of San Francisco on Saturday to demonstrate in favor of abortion rights.
The San Francisco event was one of many ongoing protests across the country. The motto of the rally was “Banish our bodies”.
Similar marches and protests took place on Saturday from New York to Los Angeles, as people exerted the public pressure on Congress and the Supreme Court they need to ensure their law does not touch women’s bodies.
“When you do nothing, things will get worse and I don’t want that to happen. I want my body, my choice,” said Nyajal Taylor of San Francisco.
The protests come just days after the US Senate failed to pass a bill that would have protected women’s reproductive rights, including the right to abortion.
“Democrats just haven’t fought a big enough fight to protect abortion or get rid of student loans. So we really have to depend on each other and build a movement,” said Michael Mendoza of Oakland.
Some of the protesters said the spectacle of the numbers must also take other forms to influence change, which means pressuring companies that fund political campaigns by affecting their bottom line.
“What I really think is that we need our things like walkouts and like no-work, no-shop days,” said Oakland resident Shayna Howlett.
Protesters said mobilizing in greater numbers is the key to success, regardless of the political party in power or the political leanings of the highest court.
“You know, he was a conservative president and a conservative Supreme Court when Roe was first passed. So if the protests are big enough and the pressure is big enough, we can still win,” Clara said. Ackerman of Berkeley.
Our team on site did not see any opponents of abortion rights demonstrating along the protest route in San Francisco, but there were also small anti-abortion counter-demonstrations in some cities.