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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!
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