With the Supreme Court poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights, pro-choice advocates are on edge about the future of reproductive health access in the U.S.
On Tuesday, hundreds marched in the city after a draft decision by Justice Samuel Alito revealing the court’s intent leaked to Politico. While San Francisco and the world wait for a final decision expected in the coming months, some may wonder what they can do to make their voices heard and learn more about the issue.
Here are a few ways San Franciscans can engage in the coming days. We’ll be updating this list regularly. We also welcome tips and leads from you. Know about a demonstration, rally or event related to this issue? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 7
PSL Bay Area Defend Roe Emergency March
Powell & Market Streets
The Bay Area chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation is holding an “emergency march” at Powell and Market streets starting at noon on Saturday. The demonstration offers an opportunity to raise your voice on abortion rights and listen to speakers on the issue. Organizers say that if enough people show up they hope to march to the San Francisco Women’s Building. Check PSL Bay Area’s Instagram for updates.
Defend Abortion Rights – Public Discussion on Urgent Next Steps for the Movement
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Socialist Alternative San Francisco hosts an open-air discussion on abortion rights. Meet like-minded folks in Embarcadero Plaza, to discuss next steps for the movement to defend Roe v. Wade, establish Medicare for all and fight for access to free, safe and legal abortions.
Pro-choice demonstrators marched from Mid-Market to the Mission District in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, following news that the Supreme Court intends to overturn Roe v. Wade in a future decision. | Camille Cohen
Sunday, May 8
Mother’s Day Strike 2022
Join in a global movement of women refusing to work, shop, eat at restaurants and generally participate in the economy or domestic labor for a whole week. Organizers say their “mission is simple: break the economy… by abstaining from work, shopping, entertaining; and on the home front, running a household that would fall apart without your care.” The mass demonstration crossing international and domestic borders takes inspiration from Iceland’s 1975 women’s strike and the U.S.’s 1970 Women’s Strike for Equality organized by the National Organization of Women (NOW) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of women’s suffrage.
For women who can’t afford to take time off work or step away from caretaking, the group is recommending posting about the strike on social media, donating to worthy partner causes and participating in mutual aid.
Monday, May 9
California’s Role in a Post-Roe v. Wade World
Manny’s, 3092 16th St.
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Civics-focused cafe and events space Manny’s hosts a discussion exploring what a post-Roe world might look like in California and beyond with a panel of political, activist and medical experts. The panelists will talk about the Golden State’s abortion policies and role in protecting abortion rights for Californians and travelers seeking care from out of state. Speakers include: East Bay Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (Chair of the Select Committee on Women’s Reproductive Health); Jessica Pinckney, executive director of ACCESS Reproductive Justice, which provides logistical and financial support to Californians and those traveling to the state seeking abortion care; UCSF OB-GYN Dr. Daniel Grossman; and UCSF reproductive health sociologist Gretchen Sisson.
Saturday, May 14
March For Reproductive Justice – Bans Off Our Bodies Rally
SF Civic Center, 100 Larkin St. at Hyde & Grove
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
As part of the national Bans Off Our Bodies campaign, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund partners with Women’s March San Francisco for a reproductive rights rally in the civic heart of San Francisco. Follow Women’s March San Francisco on social and subscribe for updates. Sign up for the demonstration here.
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