April 11: Abortion Rights Emergency Speakouts/WEBCAST April 12: Protests!
On April 11: Speakouts on the Abortion Rights Emergency were held in New York, L.A., Seattle & San Francisco. Women’s stories—before Roe v. Wade and today—were brought to life. We honored those who risk their lives to provide abortions and we confronted the full anti-woman program driving this war on women. You can watch the entire webcast of the New York City event at www.StopPatriarchy.org including:
Dr. Willie Parker, award-winning doctor at the last abortion clinic in Mississippi
Sunsara Taylor, writer for revcom.us/Revolution newspaper, leader of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, and initiator of StopPatriarchy.org
Merle Hoffman, CEO of Choices Women’s Medical Center, which has provided abortions and other health services to women since 1971
Donna Schaper, Senior Minister of Judson Memorial Church
Marge Piercy, poet, novelist, memoirist, via video
Louise Bernikow, author, historian, long time activist
Bill Baird, reproductive rights pioneer, jailed 8 times in the 1960s for lecturing on abortion and birth control
David Gunn, Jr., son of first abortion doctor to be assassinated, via video message
And testimony from:
Susan Cahill, owner of the Montana abortion clinic that was destroyed and closed on March 3, 2013 about how this is an attack on all women
Dr. Susan Robinson, one of only four doctors in the U.S. who openly provide late-term abortions; featured in the acclaimed documentary After Tiller
Dr. Susan Wicklund, author of This Common Secret; My Journey As an Abortion Doctor
Plus:True stories of illegal abortions before Roe v. Wade
Then, on April 12, people took to the streets:
We raised bloody coat-hangers* (representing the fate of women when abortion is illegal) and shackles (representing female enslavement). We held photos of women who died from illegal abortions and doctors who were killed for providing abortions. After an hour of silent protest, we broke the shackles and pledged to resist until we defeat and reverse these attacks and win Abortion On Demand & Without Apology and the full liberation of women.
This war on women will not go away on its own and will not be stopped by politicians or the courts. We must take responsibility for resisting and defeating these attacks – the lives of women depend on what we do.
* Wire coat-hangers were used by many women as an instrument to self-abort when abortion was illegal. 5,000 women in the U.S. are estimated to have died every year from illegal, unsafe abortions before Roe v. Wade legalized abortions.
New York City:
at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
(All San Francisco photos by Drake Newkirk)
This war on women will not go away on its own and will not be stopped by politicians or the courts. We must take responsibility for resisting and defeating these attacks – the lives of women depend on what we do.
"If they make it about babies, then women can remain conflicted..."
From a member of Stop Patriarchy in the Bay Area, in response to the abortion rights emergency, the need for Emergency Actions this weekend, and the need to change the terms of the debate about abortion:
"It really is about the oppression of women and not about babies at all. It’s difficult to fully grasp that - I think because in order to maintain control over us it needs to be about babies. If it’s really about women’s autonomy, if the Right just came out and said, “we want women to stay at home and have babies while men take over the world because women aren’t fit to do it,” it would be crystal clear. But if they make it about babies then women can continue to remain conflicted and not realize the larger establishment that is in place that seeps into every facet of our lives.”
Rachel Barrett Martin, on why she is speaking out this weekend at Emergency Actions
Rachel Barrett Martin is a feminist historian of counterculture; she teaches at San Francisco State University, and lectures at CSU East Bay and UC Berkeley. She will speak tomorrow night in San Francisco as part of national Emergency Actions this weekend. She says:
"I am honored to be among the speakers at this Emergency Action. And I do it not just for myself and my students, or as a member of Catholics for Choice, but for many in my life who have struggled for reproductive justice: For the dearest OBGYN friend from college who ponders wearing a bulletproof vest to teach the D&C procedure to medical school students. For another dearest friend from college who worked at the Boston Planned Parenthood that was attacked. For all the women of Minneapolis Women’s Collective who shared their abortion activism stories with me, historicizing pre Roe v Wade reality for my M.A. work. For the women who face gauntlets of “anti-abortion” protesters at the health clinics. For the women who cannot access safe medical terminations, let alone early termination options. For the far too many women injured or dead from unsafe, illegalized abortions. Reproductive Rights Now!”
In the weeks leading up to now, people across the country have been sounding the alarm on the abortion rights emergency, as women in increasing numbers are left in desperate situations, and an archaic and oppressive patriarchy is working overtime to see to it that women are slammed backwards into the role of incubators.
If you haven’t yet, please take a look at the Fact Sheet, and dare to confront the stark reality facing millions of women in this, the so-called “land of the free.”
In light of this, a nationwide counter-offensive against the attacks on women’s lives — a movement that is entirely unapologetic about abortion, and is waging uncompromising resistance against the enslavement and degradation of women — has begun.
It has begun, but it will take nothing short of thousands breaking the silence and taking to the streets, changing minds and inspiring millions more… not to mitigate, not to defend against, not to pontificate about, or just raise awareness about… but to WIN what is actually a fundamental right: abortion on demand (unrestricted, sans any explanation) and without apology (guilt-free, shame-free, stigma-free).
Abortion Rights Emergency Webcast - Tune in wherever you are!
Friday April 11, 7-9:30pm EDT
Speakers include: Dr. Willie Parker, award-winning doctor at the last abortion clinic in Mississippi Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revolution Newspaper (revcom.us), leader of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, and initiator of StopPatriarchy.org Merle Hoffman, CEO of Choices Women’s Medical Center which has provided abortions and other health services to women since 1971 Donna Schaper, Reverend of Judson Memorial Church, on her abortion and women’s moral agency Marge Piercy, poet, novelist, memoirist, via video message on her near-lethal illegal abortion Bill Baird, reproductive rights pioneer who was jailed 8 times in the 60s for lecturing on abortion & birth control David Gunn, Jr., son of first abortion doctor to be assassinated via video message
Testimony from: Susan Cahill, owner of the abortion clinic that was destroyed and closed on March 3rd, 2013 about how this is an attack on all women. Dr. Susan Robinson, one of the only 4 doctors in the U.S. who openly provide late-term abortions – featured in the acclaimed new documentary “After Tiller” True stories of illegal abortions before Roe v Wade
“I think that ‘abortion on demand and without apology’ is a two-part sentence that encapsulates where we ultimately should be on abortion and when we get to where we should be on abortion. When it is a non-issue, when it is considered health care and it’s as valid a decision for a woman as a decision to continue a pregnancy and parent or to continue a pregnancy and opt for not parenting then there will be no need for demand. But there should never be a need for an apology. Apologize to who?”—
“You know, oppressors don’t respond to polite requests. Frederick Douglass said power concedes nothing without a demand, it never has and it never will. That demand for abortion without apology means if you are active in your right as a human being, in the framework of your moral agency, and you are making the decision that should be between you and your provider who is going to provide that service for you, if you have the confidentiality and the privacy to make that decision, to whom should you have to apologize?”—Dr. Willie Parker, abortion provider, on the politics of ”Abortion On Demand and Without Apology”
Call for Abortion Stories, Call for April 11 Public Testimony
"On Friday, the 11th, we will bring alive in public testimony the truth of what happens to women when abortion is not available—the women who will die, the lives that will be foreclosed—and expose the full agenda of female subjugation that drives the anti-abortion movement. This should happen on campuses and in theaters, in religious institutions and on street corners, among gatherings large and small. People should tell their own abortion stories—both from before Roe and more recently—or go to the StopPatriarchy.org website to find the stories of others to read out loud. Students and others should transcribe interviews they do with people about their abortions and send them in to be posted, or send in their own. Together, we will bring alive the lives of, and repercussions to, women which all too often are left out of this fight.”
We ARE building a movement to end this vicious war on women! The only thing missing is YOU!
Urgently Needed: A force of people across the nation who are outraged at the all-out assault against abortion rights, uniting to change the terms of this debate, and standing in uncompromising resistance to expose and oppose the anti-woman agenda of the anti-abortion movement. Read below, Sunsara Taylor on Taking Patriarchy by Storm in 2012, then get involved at StopPatriarchy.org!
"One of the things we all learned very deeply through this experience is that after having spent a life-time of trying to avoid situations in which women are degraded and demeaned, after seeking to avoid sexual assault and rape, street harassment or stigma cast at us for getting abortions or using birth control or daring to have sex and actually enjoy it, after doing all this and failing anyhow (as all women fail to do because these things cannot be avoided in a world based on male-domination), we discovered that the most liberated spaces are those that we create by going right in the face of the greatest concentrations of patriarchy and oppressive power. Standing up and fighting – right inside the Hooters, inside the porn stores, inside St. Patrick’s and many other places – was more liberating, and contributes more to the liberation of women, than trying to avoid these places and hope they will go away."
A Call for YOU to Get Involved in Organizing Emergency Actions to Stop the War on Women! April 11 & 12, 2014
The Blood Of Women Is On Their Hands! Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!
April 11: Public Programs April 12: Bloody Coat-Hangers Street Actions
April 11th – Public Programs: Hold programs on/in campuses, communities, religious congregations, and theaters bringing alive: women’s abortion stories – before Roe and today, the struggles of those who risk their lives to provide abortions, and the full anti-woman program driving this war.
April 12th – Bloody Coat-Hanger Street Actions:Assemble at institutions behind this war (GOP or Dem. offices, anti-abortion churches, Pregnancy Crisis Centers, etc.). People wearing all white will raise coat-hangers dripping in blood, representing the women who die when abortion is unavailable. Others in all black will hold pictures, names and statistics of the women who have died already. Everyone will wear shackles. After one hour of silent protest, people will break the shackles and recite a pledge to resist and call on others to join in mass resistance to defeat this war.
When abortion is illegal or unavailable, women die. An estimated 5,000+ women died each year in the U.S. before abortion was legal and 47,000 die world wide each year currently from unsafe and illegal abortions. Further, when abortion is not available, millions more women have their lives foreclosed as they are forced to bear children against their will and all women are devalued and subjugated.
Yet today in the U.S., abortion rights in the U.S. hang by a thread.
In the last three years, 203 restrictions on abortion rights have been passed. Last year Texas had over forty clinics that provided abortions, by September there will be only six left. Five states have only one abortion clinic. On March 3rd, an abortion clinic in Montana was closed indefinitely after severe vandalism. Everywhere, a tremendous stigma hangs over women who get abortions.
This must be stopped! And WE must take the responsibility to stop it.
The fight over abortion has never been about babies. It has always been about control over women. Forcing women to have children against their will is a form of enslavement.
Join in organizing serious manifestations of determined resistance to defeat this war on women.
Our aims: 1. To change the terms so that millions come to see that this fight is over women’s liberation or women’s enslavement. 2. To seize back the moral high ground. 3. To make a major leap in building a movement that relies on ourselves and provide a launching pad and call for thousands and ultimately millions to join in this resistance to REVERSE THESE ATTACKS and DEFEAT THIS WAR ON WOMEN.
Clinic Closures, Terror, and the True Emergency Facing Abortion Rights Its WORSE Than You Think—We Must Act to Stop It NOW!
by Sunsara Taylor | March 17, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us
On March 6, the last abortion clinic in the impoverished Rio Grande region of Texas stopped providing abortions. Today, any woman there who needs an abortion must make a 300-mile round-trip to the next closest clinic. Many will never make that trip. Instead, they will be trapped in abusive relationships, be driven (deeper) into poverty, or take desperate measures—like prostitution—to support a child they did not want. Others will die attempting to self-induce abortions.
Just last year, Texas had 44 abortion clinics. By September, if nothing changes, there will only be six. But, as harrowing as that is, this problem is not restricted to Texas.
It’s WORSE Than You Think
203 abortion restrictions have been passed in the last three years. Three abortion clinics have closed in Ohio since last summer. Two have closed in Virginia. Michigan went from 19 abortion providers in 2009 to just six by 2011. Arizona lost 12 abortion clinics since 2010. Pennsylvania lost five. Five states have only one abortion clinic left and one of those states—Mississippi—is in danger of losing even that clinic; on April 28, the same Federal District court that upheld the clinic closures in Texas will rule on a similar law which would close the last clinic in Mississippi.
On March 3, a clinic in Montana was so viciously vandalized that it has been closed indefinitely. Last year, a man attempted twice to burn down a Planned Parenthood in Missouri and another man was convicted of planning to assassinate an abortion doctor in Wisconsin. In total, eight doctors and staff have been murdered for providing abortions.
Already, women across the country who cannot access safe abortions are attempting to self-abort. They are inserting sharp objects up their vaginas, taking pills, asking their boyfriends to beat them up, throwing themselves down the stairs, drinking dangerous amounts, and more. A study done in 2012 found that 12 percent of women near the Mexico border who came in for abortions had already attempted to induce their own abortions but failed. Now, with the clinics near them in Texas closed, that number will inevitably rise.
This Must Be Stopped!
If this war on women is not directly confronted in its totality, if it is not called out and opposed in uncompromising terms, and if it is not massively resisted and decisively defeated very, very soon, a new and horrific “normalcy” will be hammered into place. Backed up by the weight of thousands of years of tradition’s chains on women, the growing strength of Christian fascist theocrats, and the crushing force of the state, women’s lives are being foreclosed and broken and the future of all women is at risk.
What is needed right now is a massive outpouring of rage. Everyone who does not want to see women forced to have children against their will, who does not want to see women forced into a position that is tantamount to slavery, must act to stop this now.
We are engaged in a war here in this very country. Women’s rights are undergoing a multipronged attack every day. Much of this war is right out in the open as our politicians publicly dehumanize women, call them nothing but “hosts” to fetuses, claim that some rape may be illegitimate, and that pregnancy from rape is a “gift from god.”
None of this is getting the attention – or the widespread opposition – it deserves. Most people have no idea how extreme the attacks on women’s right to abortion are, how many clinics are actually closing, how many new restrictions and hurdles are being slammed into place. At the same time, most people do not understand that this fight is not only about abortion; it is about all access to reproductive freedom for women.
To date, there have been 92 cases filed challenging the federal government’s rule that requires health plans to cover contraception without a co-pay. These cases claim that providing contraceptives at all is an infringement on religious liberty. 80 of these cases are still pending. 33 cases were brought by non-profit organizations and 44 of the cases were brought by for-profit organizations.
The Obama administration has already accommodated non-profits with religious objections to covering contraceptives. They made a rule designed to ensure employees will receive contraception coverage but that the employer with religious objections will not bear the cost or otherwise have any connection with the coverage. Several non-profit organizations are challenging even this accommodation. There are 36 non-profit cases currently pending.
In addition, about 42 of the total cases while pending have an injunction which allows the organization not to comply with the rule to cover contraception for its employees. The cases can be pending indefinitely.
The fight over contraception coverage is just one example of how women are being attacked on all fronts. Not only do these enemies of women want to obliterate a woman’s right to choose, they want to strip away their right to obtain safe and reliable contraception.
The First Week in March 2014 & the Need to Act in April
March 3, in Kalispell, Montana: All Families Healthcare was forced to close indefinitely for repairs after being broken into and vandalized: smashed windows, and damaged and destroyed files, furniture, and equipment. The suspect in custody is the son of a board member of a local crisis pregnancy clinic. The vandalized clinic is one of only 4 abortion providers in the state. There have been 1490 reported acts of vandalism and 42 reported cases of arson against abortion clinics since 1997.
March 4, in Alabama: Alabama’s current restrictions on abortion include: parental consent, state-mandated “counseling” and ultrasounds, mandatory waiting periods (24 hours), and limited access to public funds for reproductive healthcare. In the first week of March, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a six-week “heartbeat ban,” a ban on abortion at six weeks, with no exception for rape or incest. Alabama is one of the poorest states in the nation, with 19 percent of women living below the poverty line.
March 6, in Rio Grande, Texas: In the aftermath of the package of abortion restrictions passed in Texas last Fall, the last abortion clinic in the Rio Grande was closed on this day after being denied hospital admitting privileges recently mandated. The number of clinics operating in Texas (population: 26 million) has dropped from 44 in 2011 to 24, with 8 more expected to be closed in coming months as the final stages of this legislation go into action. Rio Grande Valley is the poorest region in the state of Texas, and houses two of the poorest cities in the nation.
This is one snapshot of what one week in the current climate of the war on women looks like, in the so-called “land of the free.”
Now is the time! Let’s sound the alarm and change the terms of debate with Emergency Response Actions April 11 & 12 and call many, many more people into the streets. The stakes are high. Reversing this war on women can’t be done by a small group of people or even hundreds. It requires millions, which means ALL OF US who FEEL THIS WAY must ACT ON IT. Start on April 11 & 12. There will be no savior from the Democratic Party. The future we get is up to us. If we act, we can win.
Why I'm Standing Up April 11 & 12 in Emergency Response to the Attacks on Abortion Rights, and Why You Should Join Me
from an activist in the Bay Area:
In 2012, Rep. Todd Akin from Missouri said that women who seek abortions as a result of rape are liars because women don’t get pregnant from rape.
In 2013, Sen. Jason Rapert from Arkansas said the vaginal canal is “the new Mason-Dixon line.”
In 2014, Sen. Steve Martin from Virginia referred to pregnant women as “hosts” for “children,” and Gov Phil Bryant in Mississippi said, “My goal is to end abortion in Mississippi.”
In the years 2011-2013, 203 restrictions against abortion have been passed.
These “representatives” are calling women incubators, objects, property, and liars to top it off, straight from the halls of power. And what Democrat has stood up to say: the movement to abolish abortion is ILLEGITIMATE? What Democrat has said: Nobody who says anything like the above, deserves to have any influence in society? What Democrat has said: Criminalizing abortion MURDERS women, lowers their status to subhuman, and we are ready to fight for unrestricted and unstigmatized access to abortion? That the anti-abortion movement is not about saving babies, it is about controlling women? We will not compromise, because this is a basic right? Because abortion is NOT murder. Because elevating the status of a fetus dehumanizes women. Because forced motherhood is female enslavement. Not a single one. It’s up to us. It’s up to ME and it’s up to YOU, and we are not alone.
Speech for International Women's Day on the role of the military in the war on women
There were 3,553 sexual assault complaints reported to the Defense Department from October 2012-June 2012. During that same period, there were 219 casualties in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers were 15 times more likely to be raped by a comrade than to be killed by an enemy.
About 26,000 women and men in the military were sexually assaulted in 2012. About 75% of women her were assaulted did not report the attacks; about 76% of the men who were assaulted didn’t report their attacks either.
The Pentagon estimates that 85% of sexual assault crimes go unreported.
About 40% of victims in one study indicated that the perpetrator was their ranking officer.
During the reported period, only 302 service members faced punishment or dismissal as a result of being charged, which is less than 2.5% of the total suspected number of sexual assaults and rape, yet 62% of victims who reported sexual assault experienced retaliation.
48,100 women and 43,700 men who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, responding to a survey, acknowledged suffering from military sexual trauma.
According to the Department of Labor, between 20-48% of female veterans were sexually assaulted in the military. More women leave the military with post-traumatic stress disorder from rape than from combat.
In the past 25 years, more than 500,000 people have been sexually assaulted in the military.
90% of survivors of sexual assault in the military are involuntarily discharged.
80% of perpetrators and those accused are discharged with honor.
I could rattle off statistics all day about the abuses of the military, but I’d rather talk about fear. There is rampant fear within the military, to report abuses, to fight back, to speak out against this toxic atmosphere. There is fear outside of the military as well.
We are here at St. Patrick’s Cathedral because the church is directly responsible for creating a culture in which women are shamed and demonized for having sex, for not wanting children, for being gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender, and for having abortions. This church in particular, and its very own Cardinal Timothy Dolan have spearheaded attacks against birth control. When birth control and abortion are not accessible, women’s lives are foreclosed, women are forced to stay in abusive relationships, and some women die. What is moral about any of this!? Do you think this is moral!?
When women are reduced to breeders, they are being told, that their lives count for nothing more than as a host for a fetus. We saw this in the recent case in Texas, in which a pregnant woman had a brutal accident, and died; she was brain dead. But her body was kept functioning to act as a literal incubator, against the will of her family, and the fetus was not even likely to survive.
Women are full human beings, fetuses are not! The church would like people to think that they are out to save babies. Some anti-abortion forces such as Operation Rescue, even say that abortion is the equivalent of a holocaust in this country. This is just bullshit! Fetuses are not babies! Women are not incubators! Abortion is not murder! This fight has never been about life, it has always been about control over women. Forced motherhood is a form of enslavement.
A lot of people in the 60s and 70s understood this deeply and were no longer going to accept a society in which women’s lives were determined by their reproduction. They fought to bring into being a society where women were viewed and treated as full human beings, and they made incredible gains, but ultimately they did not make a revolution, and so today we are facing the backlash; a push back to tradition.
41 years after Roe vs Wade and abortion has never been more stigmatized, more difficult to access, and more dangerous to provide. Whether you are down with revolution or not, you are here today because women’s lives matter, and none of these outrages that women face here and all around the world are necessary or acceptable. It doesn’t have to be this way!
We have the moral high ground! We are about the full liberation of women! And in order to women to be fully liberated we need abortion on demand and without apology! We need a society that does not legitimize an institution like the church that lies to, shames, and keeps ignorant so many people. We need to bring into being a culture that is about telling the truth. We are here today to be a part of making that real!
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.