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‘We’re here to fight’: Hundreds march in San Francisco following leak of Roe opinion draft

Nayelli Zechman says she is “fucking angry. Fucking sick of it. Fucking tired. I want to feel like my cousins from other states can safely go about their lives knowing they have an option." She participated and chanted with hundreds of other protesters down Market and Mission streets on May 3, 2022. | Camille Cohen

Hundreds gathered in San Francisco Tuesday evening to protest the Supreme Court’s intent to strike down pivotal abortion rights case Roe v. Wade. Carrying signs and chanting slogans, some marched from Union Square to the Mission District while others gathered in Mid-Market at the Phillip Burton Federal Building.

Attendees ranged from parents to young students to out-of-towners. Many said they felt compelled to show up because of the countless lives that could be endangered by this decision.

Nayelli Zechman said she is worried about her cousins who live in other, more conservative, states.

“I want to feel like they can safely go about their lives knowing they have options,” she said, adding that this was her second time at a reproductive rights protest before her 21st birthday.

Another protester, Diana Chardin, shared the impact Roe v. Wade had on her when she chose to have an abortion as a young adult. “I had the opportunity to choose my life,” Chardin said. “And I [later] went on to have five kids.”

The Supreme Court’s draft opinion, leaked to Politico on Monday, is an initial version of a majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito. The Supreme Court confirmed the legitimacy of the draft on Tuesday morning.

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