Wed March 5 8am NYC - Oppose Anti-Abortion "LifeRunners"
This Wed. morning, March 5 at 8 a.m., come take a stand for women’s lives, in support of abortion rights and the providers who bring these services. Planned Parenthood’s location at 26 Bleecker is being targeted by an anti-abortion action and this must be opposed. Some of us from Stop Patriarchy and Voice of Choice will be there!
Here’s what’s happening:
At 7am Wed. morning, a group of anti-abortion zealots start their “Run4Life” across the Brooklyn Bridge, on their way to “pray for the unborn” outside the Planned Parenthood Center at 26 Bleecker Street in Manhattan. This is the start of “LIFE Runners’ 2014 A-Cross America Relay.” Despite their rhetoric, there is nothing “loving” or “compassionate” in this offensive. The main project of “Life Runners” is to raising funds to spread so-called “Stork Buses” in communities across the country. These are “Mobile Crisis Pregnancy Centers,” i.e. FAKE clinics set up to deceive women and trick, lie to and guilt them into having children they did not want. The “Life Runners” call for the absolute abolition of abortion rights nationwide. The fact is that when abortion is restricted, made inaccessible, and stigmatized whether through laws, anti-abortion violence, harassment or ignorance, women’s lives are foreclosed and sometimes women die. This is happening now.
This must be opposed. Come 8 a.m. Wed. at 26 Bleecker Street.*
* 26 Bleecker St. is across from Mott St. #6 to Bleecker or B,D,F to Bdway-Lafayette
STAND UP on March 8th for International Women's Day!
March 8:International Women’s Day
STAND UP - SPEAK OUT - PROTEST - MARCH!
Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!
End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women!
Fight for the Liberation of Women All Over the World!
Abortion rights are in a state of emergency! 203 new restrictions to abortion were passed in the last three years. Five states have only one abortion clinic left. Anti-woman bigots harass women at abortion clinics across the country. Ninety-seven percent of rural counties have no abortion providers. Upcoming court rulings threaten to close dozens more clinics nationwide. Forcing women to have children against their will is a form of enslavement!
Meanwhile, women are slammed backwards in every realm: from the mainstreaming of violent and degrading pornography to the global epidemic of rape, from a culture that celebrates pimping to the shaming of women who choose to have sex outside of marriage, and from the sexual enslavement of millions of women and girls in the sex industry to the widespread celebration of Pope Francis while he has changed nothing of church doctrine that enslaves and humiliates women and LGBT people.
Take to the streets this International Women’s Day. Through our public resistance we will expose the illegitimacy of this whole war on women and put the woman-haters on notice that we will not sit silently by. We will express our outrage and bring alive a culture of defiance and liberation. We will wake up and rally forth many thousands more, refusing to stop until we win.
The future of women is at stake. Which side are YOU on?
New York City
12 Noon: St. Patrick’s Cathedral [5th Ave. btw. 50-51st Streets] 12:30: March and protest against sites of the war on women For info and to get involved:StopPatriarchy@gmail.com
San Francisco Bay Area
12 Noon: St. Mary’s Cathedral [Geary & Gough] 12:30: March and protest against sites of the war on women For info and to get involved: StopPatriarchyBayArea@gmail.com
11 am: Adams & Figueroa. Abortion on Demand & Without Apology! Support the HER clinic and oppose the anti-abortionists. 2:30pm: Hollywood and Vine train station. March and protest at the sites of the war on women. StopPatriarchyLosAngeles@gmail.com
12 noon: Protest at Alternaterm—the FAKE women’s clinic in Cleveland Heights, 2026 Lee Rd. Bring signs, banners, drums, your friends!
"People must step out into the streets in massive resistance. People must raise their voices uncompromisingly for abortion on demand and without apology. People must put their bodies and their reputations and their social influence on the line.
Mass resistance is a big part of the way that people begin to see the many others who share their desire to see women liberated, combined with agitation, propaganda, and the all-around work of revolutionaries. It is through this whole process that people begin to feel their collective power and strength. It is through mass resistance that people can change how other whole sections of society are thinking and acting. It is through mass resistance that people become more open to the deeper questions of where all this oppression is coming from and what it will take to end it. It is through mass resistance that the total illegitimacy of this whole anti-woman program, how it flies in the face of the will of the people, can be exposed. It is through mass resistance that the rulers can be forced to either back off or risk losing even more ‘legitimacy’ in the eyes of millions more.”
Showdown Around Abortion Rights Intensifies - Stop Patriarchy Leads Defiant Protest Against the Walk for Forced Motherhood
from Stop Patriarchy Bay Area published at revcom.us
As the anti-abortion movement surges forward on a wave of recently passed legislation that leaves women across the country desperate and trapped in unwanted pregnancies, the movement to End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women (StopPatriarchy.org), led a loud and spirited, uncompromising protest against the 10th annual anti-abortion march in San Francisco.
The anti-abortion march calls itself the “Walk for Life West Coast” and buses in tens of thousands of church-going abortion opponents to march down Market Street in the heart of San Francisco, to protest the 1973 Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion, and to call for the absolute abolition of abortion rights nationwide. This happens as an addition to the original March for “Life” in Washington DC, whose main organizers made great attempts this year to “reach out to” and welcome, along with its usual Roman Catholic crowd, Christian fascist participants and speakers, such as Troy Newman of the vicious anti-abortion organization Operation Rescue and the champion of oppressive “traditional” family values, James Dobson of Focus on the Family[CNN].
Blaming the Victim will NEVER solve the problem! We Need to Tell The TRUTH because it Matters!
By Pete Ha
Do you believe “Abortion on demand and without apology” is too extreme? Do you agree with the statement but believe others could not? If so, think about who this applies to. Should SOME women have access to abortion and others cannot? Should SOME women apologize for their abortions? Would you allow someone EVER to blame themselves? Would you settle with their reasoning and validate their self-blame for WHATEVER this culture that degrades, subjugates, commodifies women has to say about women to continue these lies that women are incubators, abortion is murder, and fetuses are babies? NO, you would say “I can understand why you’re blaming yourself, but I have to say it’s not your fault. You’re not alone. 1 in 3 women have had an abortion and it’s not murder. There is NOTHING wrong with abortions. What your family or religion or culture dictates is not true at all. You are a beautiful human being capable of making your own decisions.” For those who do not want to have an abortion, they don’t have to. Abortion is a fundamental right for women, and no one has the right to shame or harass women for what they do with their bodies. We can ALL be a part of the LIBERATION GENERATION and say ABORTION ON DEMAND so anyone who wants or needs one can get one and WITHOUT APOLOGY so we can begin to no longer live in a culture that shames, blames, or forces HALF OF HUMANITY, that is, the female gender, to apologize for WHATEVER.
The snow couldn't stop us! 41st Anniversary of Roe vs Wade day of action in NYC
Although the extreme weather prevented the NYC contingent of Stop Patriarchy from going to DC to oppose the March for ‘Life”, it did not stop us from taking to the streets for Abortion on Demand and Without Apology on the 41st anniversary of Roe vs Wade. It was a bitter cold day in the city, but our spirits were high as we started the day in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a Catholic church which has spearheaded the attacks on women’s right to abortion and birth control. The midtown area attracts tourists from all over the world, and so we had a very diverse audience as we chanted our slogans: Without this basic right, women can’t be free, abortion on demand and without apology; Forced motherhood is female enslavement; Stop the war on women; Fetus aren’t babies; Women are not incubators; Abortion is not murder. We also did a mic-checked -teach-in’ reading from our wonderful banner which reads “Fetuses are Not Babies’ and has a full scientific explanation of what a fetus is and is not, how it develops, what is looks like, and why it matters to know the truth about this!
Many people stopped to support what we were doing, including a young man who supported the cause overall but felt as though there should be a line drawn when it came to late term abortion. We explained to him, that fetuses are not babies, they are a subordinate part of a woman’s body until it is born. That a fetus is completely dependent on the woman, and when this potential person is deemed a full human being before it is even born, this says that a woman’s life only counts insofar as she acts as the host. In other words, if you say a fetus is a person, with rights of its own, then the woman does not have rights over her body. After hearing this argument the young man felt as though he had been enlightened on a whole different and very meaningful level. He thanked us for this explanation and promised to tell others and write about this experience later.
Another passerby approached us asking if we were with NARAL, explaining that she is a frequent donor of this organization. We explained that our movement and message are different from NARAL. We then compared and contrasted the two approaches: NARAL’s approach of lobbying Congress, working with the state, and softening the terms of the debate; and on the other hand, our approach of relying on ourselves and building up the kind of movement that is resetting the terms society wide, re-seizing the moral high ground, and sharpening up the fact that this question of abortion is fundamentally a question about women’s freedom versus enslavement. It became clear to this woman that the NARAL approach i.e. relying on the courts, and softening the terms of the debate to the point of taking the word ‘abortion’ out of their name entirely, has contributed to getting us in the emergency situation we are in today. The woman was extremely pleased to hear about this movement and agreed that what we are doing is what is really needed.
Stop Patriarchy & Others Denounce Anti-Abortion Banners, March, and Movement
From Alex Petersburg.
Today I represented Stop Patriarchy and stood in unity with the following speakers, as well as others, to publicly denounce the anti-abortion flags hung on Market St in San Francisco that support the Walk for “Life.”
Somer Loen, president of SF NOW
Larry Everest, Revolution Newspaper
Mona Lisa Wallace, attorney for civil & environmental justice
Curt Wechsler, World Can’t Wait
The flags say “Abortion Hurts Women” and have been displayed on lampposts in anticipation of the anti-abortion march this Saturday.
Listen for parts of these strong and defiant, truth-telling statements denouncing the lies about abortion on KPFA news tonight at 6PST!
The statement I delivered is below. Join us, along with Occupy SF and others, in the streets this Saturday to oppose forced motherhood and fight for women’s liberation!
SNOW plans - Read Today - Join us in NYC for Roe 41st
URGENT NEWS - Stop Patriarchy can’t be at Supreme Court at noon today. But weather won’t stop us from standing up for Abortion on Demand & Without Apology. See what’s happening in NYC today & join us!
Because of all this snow, all morning buses from NYC to DC are cancelled, so those of us who were coming from New York will not be able to be at the Supreme Court at noon to oppose the anti’s March for “Life.” But abortion rights ARE in a state of emergency. Everyone in the DC-area, dress warm, bring your own sign & be at the Supreme Court. It will make a difference if people show up to stand up for WOMEN’S lives.
For everyone in New York City - GOOD NEWS! See below what’s happening today 12:30-1:30 on the 41st Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Come on your lunch break (we’ll have hand warmers).
across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC
Fifth Ave. Btw. 50th & 51st Sts.
Defying religious dogma & anti-woman ignorance and for St. Patrick’s special role in spearheading attacks on birth control & abortion,
A Texas law has turned a brain-dead woman into an incubator. How does that honor life?
While Texas, like other states, has been trying to make it harder and harder to obtain abortions, it cannot ultimately prevent a woman who is still able to speak for herself from ending a pregnancy in the early stages. How, then, can it prevent a family who speaks legitimately for her from taking that same step? Especially in a circumstance like this, so riddled with risks, questions and heartbreak? Marlise’s husband and parents may not be able to ask her what she’d make of it. But they’re the ones left to behold and grieve over what’s been made of her.
Women are being openly treated as incubators. This woman is brain dead. Her body is being kept alive to be a ‘host’ as her father stated. There was never even the possibility of getting her consent on this, and her family has no say in the matter; the state has completely taken over. The Texas law states that hospitals must provide life support to terminally ill patients, however this woman is brain dead, and thereby legally dead. This op-ed by Frank Bruni is chilling, and reveals the true value of women’s lives under this system.
At a time with record restrictions against women’s right to abortion, it is mandatory that people stand up publicly in protest, demanding abortion on demand without apology, raising the truth that women are human beings, fetuses are not, and that we can’t rely on the courts, the legislatures or the ballot box to defeat this assault on women’s rights. We have to rely on ourselves.
Great piece by AlterNet on the opposition gearing up for the ‘March for Life’ this coming week in Washington DC and San Fransicso, CA. It especially highlights initiator of Stop Patriarchy, Sunsara Taylor, and the movement’s unapologetic line on this question of abortion. This article needs to be spread widely; no one else is taking this kind of a stand against the Christian fascists and FOR abortion on demand and without apology!
"The Associated Press and The New York Times deceptively highlighted 77-year-old Eleanor McCullen as the "new face" of anti-abortion activists, thereby downplaying the threat of violence that women continue to face when seeking medical care at women’s health clinics."
When you have two of the largest media outlets in the world taking the side of forces like this, the question of legitimacy has to be raised. Regardless of the appearance of these anti-abortion forces, and what they claim to be doing as individuals, their political program is real, and it is hammering women back into their ‘rightful place’ in society. These people need to go back to the dark ages and get out of the way! Stand up against the Christian fascists at the March for Life in SF and DC January 22nd!
More than 40 years after legalizing abortion in the United States, the Supreme Court Wednesday appeared skeptical of a law creating a buffer zone at abortion clinics, where opponents want to be able to protest freely. The case, which combines the controversial question of abortion with the always sensitive issue of freedom of speech, takes up a Massachusetts law that forbids anyone to come within 35 feet (10 meters) of women’s health clinics where abortions are performed, unless they have business there. Anti-abortion advocates have set up long-running protests outside many such clinics, some brandishing pictures of aborted fetuses, some handing out informational pamphlets and some suggesting alternatives to abortions to women arriving at the clinic. Two doctors who provided abortions were killed in 1994 in Massachusetts.
Since the buffer zone laws went into effect, clinic violence has decreased. There is absolutely no reason this law should be up for debate. This isn’t just a question of free speech; anti-abortion activists have a long history of violence against clinic workers. But regardless of the amount of laws on the books, the only way this will fundamentally change is through a movement strongly opposing this backwards morality which reduces women to breeders, and calls out the illegitimacy of a system which backs up this dark ages morality. It is up to us.
END PORNOGRAPHY AND PATRIARCHY: THE ENSLAVEMENT AND DEGRADATION OF WOMEN! A CALL TO ACTION
We are told that “equality for women has been won” and that “there are no limits to what girls can achieve.” BULLSHIT!
Every 15 seconds a woman is beaten. Every day three to four women are killed by their partners. One out of four female college students will be raped or sexually assaulted while in college.
In recent years, pornography has become increasingly violent, cruel, degrading towards women; women are referred to as “cumdumpsters” and “fuckbuckets”; the “money shot” (ejaculation in a woman’s face) is standard; humiliating cruelty—like violent “ass-to-mouth” penetration—is normalized, and racist bigotry is sexualized. Meanwhile, the broader culture has been pornified: pole dancing is taught at gyms, “sexting” is a national phenomenon among teens, and the strip club is the accepted backdrop to “male bonding.” All this is tied in with, and reinforces, the trafficking of millions of women and girls as literal chattel in the international sex industry.
This is NOT society becoming more comfortable with sex. This is society becoming saturated with the sexualized degradation of women. If you can’t imagine sex without porn, you’re fucked.
At the same time, a Christian fundamentalist-driven assault is imperiling abortion, birth control, real sex education and women’s lives. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who do not conform to traditional patriarchal gender and sexual norms are demonized and threatened. Abortion doctors are killed. Women who seek abortions—or even birth control—are stigmatized. 2011 saw the largest spate of legal restrictions on abortion since Roe v. Wade in 1973.
ALL THIS MUST BE STOPPED!
Fetuses are not babies. Women are not incubators. Abortion is not murder.
Women are not objects. Women are not things to be used for the sexual pleasure of men NOR are they breeders of children. WOMEN ARE HUMAN BEINGS CAPABLE OF FULL EQUALITY IN EVERY REALM!
It is long past time that this new generation stand up, reject, and RESIST this culture of rape and pornography; this culture that labels women “selfish” if they choose not to become mothers; this culture that reduces women and girls to sexualized objects while denying their full multi-dimensional humanity (including their right—as one essential part of this—to explore their sexuality without shame or stigma); this culture that demonizes and bullies LGBT people.
STAND UP AGAINST the March for “Life” and FOR Abortion on Demand & Without Apology!
Wed – Jan 22nd – Supreme Court, Wash DC
Sat – Jan 25th – San Francisco
January 2014 – the beginning of a new year and an escalating SHOWDOWN over the lives and future of women.
On Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in Washington DC, the anti-abortion movement will stage their annual March for “Life” on the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. (Roe v. Wade is the 1973 Supreme Court ruling which legalized abortion across the U.S.) In DC, tens of thousands will stream past the Supreme Court in a frenzy of anti-abortion lies, religious backwardness & anti-science ignorance. On Saturday, January 25th in San Francisco, the anti’s stage their Walk for “Life.” In both SF and DC, they will fill the streets with their dehumanizing portrayals of women as murderers, and all the messages of shame and condemnation that typifies this front of the war on women. They are puffed-up over their vicious progress in dismantling women’s reproductive rights.
All this at a time when women are being slammed back in every realm: from the mainstreaming of violent and degrading pornography to a global epidemic of rape, from a culture that celebrates pimping, to the shaming of women who choose to have sex, and from the sexual enslavement of millions of women and girls in the sex industry to the widespread celebration of Pope Francis while he has changed nothing of church doctrine that enslaves and humiliates women and LGBT people.
This must be opposed!
Fetuses are NOT babies. Women are NOT incubators.
Abortion is NOT murder.
Take a stand. On Tues., Jan. 22nd, Noon at the Supreme Court and On Sat., Jan. 25th at 1:30 in San Francisco – against what truthfully should be called the “March for Forced Motherhood & Female Enslavement.” Stand up for Abortion on Demand & Without Apology! Stand up for the full liberation of women! Bring truth, your joyful defiance, your creativity & morality for the liberation of women.
There are only two sides in the battle over abortion: Do you think woman are full human beings who must be able to decide for themselves when or whether to have a child OR do you think women should be reduced to breeders?
Reproductive rights are in a state of emergency. 2013 was another record year of assault on abortion and birth control:
In 2013 alone, 22 states passed 70 new restrictions including late abortion bans which defy Supreme Court precedent, unwarranted doctor and clinic regulations, limits on medication abortion and bans on insurance coverage.
FIVE states have only ONE abortion clinic and in 2013 more clinics were forced to shut-down abortion services including almost one-third of clinics in Texas alone. 97% of rural counties have no abortion provider.
A homegrown American Christian-fascist movement of anti-abortion fanatics continues to threaten and harass doctors and patients outside clinics across the country.
But 2013 was also a year of important new resistance against this assault and the war on women from the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, to the ten of thousands in the streets in Texas, to the significant defeat of a so-called “fetal pain” abortion ban in Albuquerque. This must be multiplied a million-fold. We must rely on ourselves – not the politicians. In our lives and in the streets. In independent mass political resistance.
Where do YOU stand? Make it clear on January 22nd in Washington DC and January 25th in San Francisco.
“Women are not objects. Women are not things to be used for the sexual pleasure of men NOR are they breeders of children. WOMEN ARE HUMAN BEINGS CAPABLE OF FULL EQUALITY IN EVERY REALM!”
—From the Call to End Pornography & Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women!
Reproductive health and rights were once again the subject of extensive debate in state capitols in 2013. Over the course of the year, 39 states enacted 141 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. Half of these new provisions, 70 in 22 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.
These statistics translate into more and more women being forced to motherhood against their will. More women will be forced into poverty, or deeper poverty. More women will be forced to stay in relationships that they do not wish to be in. More women will be treated as less than fully human. And more women will die. We need to turn the tide. There is no time to waste.
“We were frustrated by the limited representations of young women’s experience with pregnancy, let alone growing up. We were waiting to see a more honest film, or at least, a story that was closer to many of the stories we knew. We weren’t sure how long that wait was going to be, so we decided to tell the story ourselves.”—Director, Gillian Robespierre, who wrote the film with two friends, on their motivation to make the film, Obvious Child, which will premiere in the Sundance Film Festival this year. This film is aiming to challenge the ‘single story’ of abortion and depict what is a very common reality for many women. Looking forward to seeing this! Full article from Feministing here: http://feministing.com/2013/12/23/a-rom-com-about-a-woman-who-gets-an-abortion-is-going-to-sundance/
Progressive Magazine’s Top 5 Moments lists Stop Patriarchy’s Abortion Rights Freedom Ride!
In July, pro-choice activists with the group Stop Patriarchy embarked on a cross-country abortion rights freedom ride.
“We’re going to all the states with only one clinic left,” organizer Sunsara Taylor said at a kick-off rally in New York City, according to Democracy Now. “There needs to be a massive fight in this country of people standing up and refusing to tolerate this, because women’s lives and women’s future and ultimately the kind of society we want to live in is at stake.”
Brooklyn oil painter Tatyana Fazlalizadeh got fed up with dudes invading her space. So she started telling them so—very publicly.
'For many women, just walking down the street can mean being subject to harassment by men—from subtle comments to overtly hostile remarks. Back in 2012, fed up with such treatment, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, an oil painter by trade, decided to speak out: She produced an illustrated self-portrait with a caption—”Stop Telling Women To Smile”—and plastered copies all around her Brooklyn neighborhood. Since then, Fazlalizadeh has created countless posters, literally taking to the street to combat sexist harassment. Each piece features a different woman, with a caption that reflects her own experiences with public harassment. With $35,000 raised on Kickstarter, Fazlalizadeh has now taken her project, named after that first caption, on the road. In January, after traveling to Chicago and Boston to interview women there about how they experience public space, she'll be heading to the West Coast.'
The way in which women are viewed in pornography is a reflection of the way women are viewed overall in society, as objects to be used, specifically in this case, for the sexual pleasure of men.
Pornography cannot and was never meant to be a true representation of what sex actually is. It reinforces the idea that men, by nature, are dominant, and women, are to be dominated.
Porn trains young men to view women as sexual objects, available for the taking, and trains young women to believe it is their duty to please men sexually.
Porn fuels rape. And to take this even further, rape, and gang rape porn has become one of the most popular forms of pornography.
Porn turns women’s bodies into commodities and strips them of their full humanity. And yet you have a section of the intelligentsia that is firmly convinced that women deciding to get into porn, making the conscious decision to enter into the industry, are empowered, and no one can tell them otherwise.
In Stop Patriarchy, we understand the need to pull back the lens and look at the bigger picture of what is happening here.
"Every person has the right to her or his own body. It is the right of women to be free internally, and externally, of anything that causes them hardship and harm. I stand with women everywhere, and with the men who truly love them, in saying: We are the ones who’ve waited too long for the painful freedom that can come from abortion, to turn back now."
From a student who attended Sunsara Taylor’s talk last week: “Defeating the Assault on Abortion Rights: Winning the Full Liberation of Women.”
"I have identified myself as a progressive, feminist activist, but the harsh truth had been spoken, and the words resonated in every niche of my being. I began to adopt her so-called ‘radical’ perspective. I furiously wrote notes, documenting everything she said, ranging from the way we socialize our children to activism to the sexualized degradation of women to the demoralizing pornography culture."
Statement from Sunsara Taylor on November 20, 2013
Congratulations are in order for all who raised their voices, donated money, and went into the streets to defeat the outrageous proposed 20-week ban on abortions in Albuquerque yesterday! This is a win not only for the women of Albuquerque, or even just for the women of New Mexico. Your work has won a victory for women, and the men and others who value women’s freedom, all over the country as two out of only four doctors in the country who provide late-term abortions practice in Albuquerque.
On the same day, however, the Supreme Court allowed to stand a ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court in New Orleans which forced as many as 15 clinics to close altogether or to stop providing abortions to women who need them throughout Texas while the legal challenges to a completely bogus law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals works its way through the courts.
Some of the Texts, Status Updates, and Tweets to Albuquerque
From LA, a decades-long clinic defender:
AIN’T NO POWER LIKE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE, ‘CAUSE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE DON’T STOP! SAY WHAT?? We won in Albuquerque, and we’re not stopping until every restriction on abortion is removed, every anti-abortion bill on the books is rescinded, and every asshole who thinks that a woman’ s right to control her own biology is at the political discretion of MEN is completely and utterly rendered irrelevant, powerless, and his stupidity shown up for what it is! Congratulations to all my brave, committed Stop Patriarchy friends who defended in Jackson and stayed on the ground, no doubt exhausted but exuberant, in Albuquerque to win this victory for the women of NM, and ALL women nationwide!
From Seattle, an organizer with Stop Patriarchy!:
Defeating this ban was a victory for women all across the nation. Let’s fight to change the terms and turn the tide, so that women’s lives can never again be put up for a vote, or attacked in any other way. Let’s defeat this whole war on women….because the future is unwritten, and what future there’ll be, IS up to us!
From Jackson, an escort at the last abortion clinic in the state:
Victory in Albuquerque! Thanks to all supporters! Congratulations to the women of New Mexico from all of us in Mississippi! Kudos to Stop Patriarchy for all that they did!
From Humboldt, a college freshman and Abortion Rights Freedom Rider:
Yes. You all are heroes too. We need to see people out celebrating. We also need those to continue that fight because the Right [Wing] isn’t gonna back down so neither will we!
From New York City, a revolutionary:
Shout out to stoppatriarchy @prsnhood4women and all the warriors in victory in #ABQ - gaining strength, no stopping now!
"Pro choicers were freaking aggressive here in ABQ. They were spreading lies and busing people to the polls for free." In seriousness though holy fuck, literally upset that there wasn't voter suppression in their favor.
I have to say I was quite worried that the ABQ thing wouldn’t go in our favor.
Probably because of the ridiculous string of anti-choice laws that are being thrown around like paper planes.
We met a UNM professor yesterday — in Albuquerque, the day before the city votes for or against a 20 week ban on abortion — who said he has been thinking about the abortion rights struggle for about a year. He said, “It’s gotten really bad, but I think that as a man, it’s not my place to speak about it.”
We told him there are two sides to that. On the one hand, it is not right for you to tell a woman what to do with her body… on the other hand, you are a professor! You are part of a section of people who creates public opinion. So it is your RESPONSIBILITY to speak out, and throw in whatever you can to shattering the stigma on abortion, raising awareness, and resisting the attacks on abortion rights that would see women thrown back to the dark ages.
He was so thoughtful and agreed with resolve. Aim to change how people are thinking about abortion, women, gender, and patriarchy. It is right to resist dehumanizing laws and ideologies, no matter what your background or “identity group” is. Everyone has some reach and influence, so you can’t morally shy away from this fight. Don’t hold back, get involved!
Religious Static: The Soundtrack of Unnecessary Tragedy
There is a vicious movement in the halls of power, in the churches, and on the streets that has taken hold. While some people are motivated by religion to seek an end to the plethora of injustices in the world today, the Christian fascist anti-abortion movement must be directly opposed if we are ever going to see a day when women can decide their own futures, dream unfettered, and participate equally with men in society, without fear. And ultimately, we must challenge religion itself as a method and an ideology, and dig deep into how it plays into the very real and truly horrific economic, political, and social situation we are in, here and around the world.
A Matter of Principle: Uniting to Fight, with Room for Struggle
Today we heard from a young activist in Albuquerque who was encouraging folks not to rally to resist the assault on abortion rights with Stop Patriarchy! and others of different perspectives tomorrow at Civic Plaza because Stop Patriarchy! stands up against the multi-billion dollar pornography industry. He said:
"In case y’all are woo-ed by the awesome name ‘stop patriarchy,’ this group is anti-porn, has been pretty yuck to trans women, and made public stories from a confidential abortion feedback that i attended in april, so please try to think about these things before signing on to support them carte blanche." He then went on to say he would rather deal with the anti-abortion movement than with us.
We respond to anyone who might hesitate for similar reasons:
If you are satisfied with sitting silently on the sidelines while the right to abortion is stripped away state by state, if you have made peace with the fact that Christian fascists maintain a moral high ground as women are reduced to incubators, if you are excited about waiting for elections as new anti-abortion laws get slammed through at a breakneck pace, stay home. Otherwise, show up and FIGHT. In the meantime, let’s struggle over the question of women’s bodies being commodified by porn and it’s contribution to rape culture, let’s argue it out, and let’s definitely check our facts when it comes to personal attacks and confidential info (we shared our own stories and those with permission). This is actually an abortion rights emergency, so we can fight this through based on that kind of unity and argue out the rest, or we can remain demobilized and cede the future to religious fanatics. Which will you do?
Not in Albuquerque? Add your unique voice to this essential effort at: