Route, time, traffic impact for the local event

File: A woman holds a poster during the 2020 Women’s March in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO – Protesters in San Diego will join rallies across the country Saturday for a Women’s March on reproductive rights and a variety of other policy issues.

The San Diego event begins with a short program at 10 am at Waterfront Park, followed by a march south from Ash Street on Harbor Drive and a turn on Pacific Highway. Organizers encouraged attendees to wear masks.

Both North Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway will be closed to traffic from 9:30 a.m. M. At 12:30 p. M. A bus and shared transportation area was designated on Beech Street and Ash Street between Columbia and Front Street. Organizers said tram service would be limited, but bus service was increased in the area.

More information and a route map are available at Women’s March San Diego website.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration’s first Women’s March on Washington will head straight into the footsteps of the United States Supreme Court, in a year when conservative lawmakers and judges have that access on the line.

Organizers say the Washington march will be one of hundreds of abortion-related protests across the country on Saturday. The demonstrations occur days before the start of a new term for the Supreme Court that will decide the future of abortion rights in the United States, after the appointments of judges by President Donald Trump strengthened the conservative control of the high court.

The march is part of “a fight to secure, safeguard and strengthen our constitutional right to abortion,” Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March, said in a statement. “And it is a fight against the magistrates of the Supreme Court, the state legislators and the senators who are not on our side, or who do not act with the urgency that this moment demands.”

The march comes a day after the Biden administration. urged a federal judge to block the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, which has banned most abortions in Texas since early September.

It is one of a series of cases that will give the nation’s divided supreme court the opportunity to uphold or overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade of 1973, which legalized abortion for generations of American women.

One opponent of women’s access to abortion called the theme of this year’s march “macabre.”

“What about equal rights for unborn women?” tweeted Jeanne Mancini, president of an anti-abortion group called March for Life.

The Women’s March has become a regular event, albeit interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, since millions of women flocked to the United States and around the world the day after Trump’s inauguration in January 2017. Trump backed punishing women for having abortions and made the appointment of conservative judges a mission of his presidency.

Without Trump as a central figure for women of diverse political beliefs to come together, and with the pandemic still raging, organizers speak of hundreds of thousands of participants nationwide on Saturday, not the millions of 2017.

Latino comedian and activist Cristela Alonzo will host the rally in the capital, which will feature speakers from Planned Parenthood and other advocates and providers of abortion access. Actress Busy Philipps and swimmer Schuyler Bailar are scheduled to participate.

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