Abortion rights rallies were held across the nation Tuesday, organized as a #StoptheBans day of action.
At least 500 localities participated, at courthouses, statehouses, and town squares- with the largest turnout in Washington D.C.
"I have granddaughters and grandsons," said protester Vivian Isabeau, at an event in Santa Rosa.
"I'm too old to need an abortion, but they might certainly need to have that choice available."
A new CBS poll shows three in four Americans support keeping abortion legal, as it has been for almost 50 years.
Far-reaching restrictions, and outright bans have swept at least a half-dozen states, including Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia, Missouri, and Ohio.
It is regarded as a concerted effort to get the issue before the U.S. Supreme Court, and attempt to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
"There's frustration, fear and outrage," said Santa Rosa rally organizer Leslie Graves, "and there's also the question of what do we do, how do we support the women in those states?"
At Courthouse Square, as a few hundred demonstrators chanted and listened to speeches, information was posted with ways to get involved, both locally and out-of-state.
"I don't know how personally as a woman I can just stand by and not do anything about it," said Lindsey Rippert, 19, who came to the rally with her mother.
"It's going back to the dark ages, and it's horrifying, absolutely horrifying," said mom Karen Amoruso.
The "StoptheBans campaign was organized by a coalition of groups, including Planned Parenthood, The American Civil Liberties Union, and NARAL, the National Abortion Rights Action League.
"I believe this isn't just a woman's issue, but a man's issue as well," said Santa Rosan Lee Pierce, hoisting his sign reading "Man-up, I am Pro-Choice."
"As a person of color I know what it is to stand up for your rights and that's why I'm here," said Pierce.
One speaker urged men to speak openly about abortion, and help de-stigmatize it.
"I want you to tell everyone why it helped you," urged Lorelle Saxena, reminding the crowd that unwanted pregnancies can affect the lives of both parents.
"Men should be talking about how abortion has specifically benefited them in their lives," Saxena told KTVU.
From Oakland's Grand Lake Theatre to a freeway overpass in Danville, protestors were intent on their message: that women's rights are human rights and abortion is part of healthcare and reproductive freedom.
On the steps of San Francisco city hall, elected officials vowed to sponsor legislation so the city does no business with states that enact bans.
Said one speaker bluntly, "To the U.S., get the f@#! out of my womb."
Advocates brace for a long fight and the youngest protestors promise to dig in, like it's 1973.
"We're going to be just as vocal, and even more vocal, and we're going to be as strong as we can be," said Nayeli Calles, 16, in Santa Rosa.
"Outlawing abortion impedes our 14th amendment rights to privacy and bodily autonomy, and that's unacceptable."
Teen protesters like Calles stand alongside those old enough to remember when abortion was not the law of the land.
"My college roommate got pregnant and we all pitched in so she could go to New York which was the only place to get an abortion then," recalled Dana Bellwether, 68.
"If she hadn't everything she ever wanted to do with her life would have been over."
Critics of abortion restrictions say they always hurt the poorest, most vulnerable women.
"We need to support the women in those states who are dealing with this and are worried and scared," said 31 year old Kelsey Vero of Santa Rosa.
Vero carried two-year old son Wren in a backpack, and is pregnant with her second child.
She resents how pro-choice is portrayed by opponents as anti-child.
"Of course it's pro-child and pro-family because it's choosing family," Vero declared, "and what's best for their family, themselves, their health, their safety."
An estimated three in four U.S. women will have an abortion by age 45, but the procedure is at an all time low, according to government statistics.