Drum beats and chants echoed throughout the Mission as students led a march for abortion rights Thursday afternoon on Mission Street. Cars honked in solidarity as protesters walked up 20th Street to 24th Street and then over to South Van Ness Avenue.
The demonstration was organized by Rise Up For Abortion Rights, a nationwide organization launched in January, 2022. The group set today as a national day of action in response to the leaked draft opinion of the Supreme Court that indicates the court is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Chapters in more than 15 cities across the country participated in the protest, advocating for abortion rights, according to the Rise Up website.
Weekly protests have been organized in San Francisco ever since Politico leaked the draft ruling on May 2. The chapter has made it a priority to get local students involved.
“We have a lot of power,” said Sonia Delarios Moran, a student at Mission High School. She led a group of students from the school to the 24th and Mission BART station, megaphone in hand, to meet up with the rest of the protest crowd.
Magda Cholenwinska, an older member of the San Francisco chapter, reminded the group that the power is in their hands.
“Their lives are the ones on the line,” she said. “They wanna live and have the same rights their parents had.”
Walking behind a green banner with yellow words that read, “Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights,” Moran and her peers marched along 24th Street to perform a die-in on South Van Ness.
“I’ll be here for a while,” she said.