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Defending Women's Right to Choose

Thousands march for, against women's rights in San Francisco

January 22, 2005 * Photos by Luke Hauser

The anti-choice rally took place at Embarcadero Plaza at the same time as the pro-choice march shown on the preceding page. This page covers the rally and the ensuing march along the Embarcadero, where thousands of pro-choice protesters lined the route.

About 5000 people rallied against abortion at San francisco's Embarcadero Plaza. The predominantly white middle class crowd may have included a few people from San Francisco. But they were probably just there taking photos.

Meanwhile, the pro-choice crowd moved on out to the Embarcadero (waterfront) and lined the route of the anti-choice march.

With the pro-choice crowd stretched along the entire length pf the northern Embarcadero (about a mile), the anti-choice marchers had the weight of numbers at any one point. But their solemn hymns and prayers were drowned by the chants and bullhorns of the pro-choicers.

Police separated the two crowds, which were usually within a few feet of one another.

Occasional heated confrontations broke out, but by and large the two marches were tolerant of one another.

Photo 2005 by Luke Hauser for Reclaiming Quarterly. Please do not copy, reproduce, fold, spindle, mutilate, or otherwise use them without written permission. Thanks!

Click here for photos of the marches in Fisherman's Wharf

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