August 7th, 2014
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Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: HB2 Hearing - Austin, TX Media Compilation

One of our main goals of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride is to change the terms of the fight around abortion. It has NEVER been about babies, it has always been about women’s enslavement or women’s liberation. The media in Austin and beyond could not ignore this, which came through to hundreds of thousands. 

August 6th, 2014
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TONIGHT! Come out if you are in the Austin, TX area (Austin Centre - 3809 South 2nd St. Austin, TX) or TUNE IN HERE at 7pm CST to hear the stories of what life was like for women before Roe vs. Wade, what abortion providers and clinic escorts go through today, being under constant siege from anti-abortion fanatics, and what women go through today living in a society where abortion has never been more stigmatized, more dangerous to provide, and more difficult to access. 

The horrors that women had to go through and continue to go through today to exercise this basic right, are very real, but things don’t have to be this way. Stop Patriarchy is leading a movement of mass resistance, out to change the terms of this fight, and this program, and others like it, is an essential part of this.

Bring your friends, loved ones, and others together to watch this webcast. Be a part of a growing movement that is changing the terms of this fight, and building up the strength to stop this war on women.

August 5th, 2014
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Dennis Trainor, radical journalist, taking a stand for Abortion On Demand and Without Apology. Check out this teaser of an interview with Sunsara Taylor on the abortion rights emergency. Full interview will be released tonight!

August 5th, 2014
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8am today at the Austin Federal Courthouse welcoming the courageous abortion providers who are standing up for women as they entered the courthouse for their second day of the trial, and talking to folks in the neighborhood throughout the day. 

August 4th, 2014
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August 4th, 2014
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A righteous day of resistance against HB2 a law that is set to shut down all but 6 abortion clinics in the entire state of Texas. The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero TX came out to oppose this outrageous law, and stand with the courageous providers who refuse to let this law stand, without a fight. Full report, with reflections from our volunteers in progress!

August 3rd, 2014
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Daring to be a Woman

This testimony was shared from a Freedom Rider at the People’s Hearing in Houston. You can view this testimony and more if you watch the webcast here. Please send your own testimony to stoppatriarchy@gmail.com and view the Austin People’s Hearing on Wednesday at 7PM by going to stoppatriarchy.org.

When I speak about patriarchy I talk a lot about how women dare to do basic things because of how dangerous it is to be female in this society.
When I structure my sentences in this way people begin to comprehend how outrageous the notion is that we can somehow exist safely in these bodies under patriarchy. The reality is that we have no choice. Becoming warriors by necessity, we dare to exist in these female bodies every day.

We dare to wake up. We dare to go to sleep. We dare to fall in love. We dare to forge our own paths. &we dare to walk home from work.
On May 15th, I was walking home from work when I was stalked and raped by a man who I had dared to ask for directions.
This is not the first time I was violently reminded my body is not my own. In fact, I almost expected it to happen again, although I couldn’t imagine how painful it would be to simply survive after collecting the misogynist collateral damage my body had again been reduce to.

I’m not going to assume that you don’t know what that’s like because the statistics scream my story is not unique. The piece of me that survived shares a common ground with people in this very room.

I didn’t have time to consider the possibility that I had become pregnant because life just sort of went on. I had to finish walking home. I had to be at work the next day.

When the pregnancy was finally confirmed, my whole world stopped spinning. How could I just go on now? I was already broken, but this news shattered me.
The first doctor I consulted informed me that they could use fetal DNA as evidence to store in case I chose to report anything later. She helped me schedule an appointment for my eighth week. I was five weeks at this point. Apparently, somewhere around the eighth week of pregnancy, fetal DNA enters your bloodstream. So I had three weeks to wait for my rapist’s DNA to be present in my blood draw. The thought of his DNA infiltrating my body again; climbing through my veins to my heart…

I spent those long days in wide-eyed silence. I was only physically capable of silence. I don’t think I could even smile. I saw another doctor at week seven, begging him to check my blood now. He conducted a transvaginal ultrasound a terribly painful and physically invasive procedure state mandated in great stretches of this country, including here in Texas. He discovered three heartbeats. “Triplets,” he said. That was the first time I allowed myself to cry. “Please, you have to do it today. I don’t care about the DNA. I don’t want him in my body anymore.” I begged him so desperately he had to refuse. “I cannot allow you to consent to any medical procedure until you calm down.” So I waited eight more days.

There was the routine nausea that often accompanies the first trimester, but something else was happening. The pain I felt on each of those days as I witnessed my body change to accommodate three embryos, is a special type of pain.

I went to the clinic the day before my procedure to get my blood drawn. The next morning they called me to tell me the DNA sample was strong enough and that my appointment was still on for noon. That whole time I couldn’t really breathe and my heart, it couldn’t really beat.

I had an abortion. I would have had an abortion even if there was no doctor willing or able to perform the procedure. I would have had an abortion even if there was no way to afford the cost. I would have had an abortion even if no clinics were open. I cannot imagine experiences more awful than rape. BUT not being able to make the decision whether or not to carry a pregnancy? That thought seems pretty close.
Nothing would have stopped me from ending this pregnancy, even if that meant I had to end my own life: because the alternative continues to shadow my memory with a horror I never want to fully understand.

I get incredibly infuriated when people talk about abortion as some “tragic choice.”
My abortion was empowering and liberating.
The fact that anybody anywhere has been raped; that somebody right now is being violated like I was: THAT is tragic.
Abortion wasn’t just some option for me; it was my only means of survival.

I cannot begin to express the relief I felt walking out of that clinic. It was like I had this post-abortion glow. And now I’m here in Texas, fighting to ensure that women and girls get some say in their own destiny.

When we’re out on the streets talking to people, I’ve met a lot of women who genuinely care. They have stories from their family and friends and they even have their own. BUT I am noticing that some folks are concerned about their reputations. They’re concerned about their safety. I get it. I do. BUT really, if you’re a woman there is nothing you can do to be safe under patriarchy. The act of existence is already dangerous. I was raped because I dared to leave my house. When I got the abortion, I was daring to determine my own destiny. We were condemned to terrible statistics because we dared to be born female. If you care about the hopes, dreams, lives, and futures of women everywhere, get with this movement. Our existence is already dangerous, so make it count for something. 

August 3rd, 2014
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TOMORROW! PROTEST HB2 at The Federal Courthouse in Austin, TX!

JOIN US at the Federal Courthouse in Austin, W 5th at Nueces St from 9am-12pm as we protest and stand with the providers who won’t back down against the outrageous restrictions of HB2.

HB2 as a whole, is a set of restrictions, only being implemented to shut down clinics, and force more women to have children against their will. What comes along with this is a 20 week ban on abortion, a 24 hour waiting period, 3 separate visits to a doctor if using the abortion pill (which is nearly impossible for women traveling hundreds of miles in the first place), clinics to meet ambulatory surgical center standards, and hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the abortion clinic.

The last 2 sections stated here, both of which are entirely medically unnecessary along with every other restriction, are being challenged by a courageous group of abortion providers, as two clinics in particular will shut down and create a situation where women in El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley, will face an ‘undue burden’ being forced to travel hundreds of miles to obtain an abortion. 

There are only 6 clinics in the state that can surely comply with these types of regulations. This means if nothing changes, only 6 clinics will remain open, for nearly 13 million women in the state of Texas, and will set precedent for the rest of the country. 

We stand with the providers who refuse to allow this to stand, and with ALL those who do not want to see women forced to have children against their will.

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photo by Aaron Reiss

August 1st, 2014
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Statement from Tom Morello released in conjunction with The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas

Abortion is often a very difficult decision for women, but it must remain a woman’s choice without intimidation or interference. My great grandmother died as a result of an unsafe, illegal abortion. She was a dress maker, wife of a poor farmer, and had no access to women’s health information or safe medical care. Her tragic, unnecessary death shattered the family and orphaned her three children as her husband could no longer care for them. If anti-choice advocates have their way many women will share my great grandmother’s fate. Our government has a great many problems none of which will be solved by intruding in the womb. I support the brave efforts of those speaking out and standing up for women’s rights in Texas and around the world.



Sincerely,
Tom Morello

July 31st, 2014
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Stop Patriarchy protest at Harris County Republican Party Headquarters in Houston, TX. 
First protest of Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas.
Protests every Thursday!!!
http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/protests.html

July 31st, 2014
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First photo-set from the official launch of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, and the very first People’s Hearing in Houston, TX.

Volunteers read incredibly moving testimony from abortion providers on the front lines, from a young woman who experienced brutal violence for daring to walk down the street alone, from a women who watched a loved one die before her eyes from a botched illegal abortion, from a courageous clinic escort who volunteers at the last clinic in MS, from a young woman from Houston who fears becoming pregnant due to the inaccessibility of abortion in her state, from women who experienced having an abortion after it was legalized, and felt nothing but relief. We also heard from two women, who had just recently heard about the ride, who were inspired to share their stories of abortion and the overall experience of being a woman in society, on the spot, one told through a powerful performance piece. 

This is a model, which people all over the country can and must take up, as a part of building up a movement which is breaking the silence, shattering the stigma, changing the terms, bringing out the fact that women’s lives are at stake, and that without a fierce struggle to change the trajectory of this assault on abortion rights, women’s lives and futures will be foreclosed. 

This first People’s Testimony was live broadcasted on StopPatriarchy.org and is posted on the front of our website for others to watch who were unable to tune in live. They will be broadcast LIVE every Wednesday at 7pm CST, in Austin, San Antonio, and Brownsville. Come in person if you can, and if not be sure to bring people together and tune in!

July 30th, 2014
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Why I’m a Freedom Rider for Women’s Lives…

Because: Women’s lives MATTER. Women are HALF of HUMANITY, and deserve to be treated as full human beings in every sphere of society. When abortion, birth control, and scientific sex education are out of women’s reach, all of society is held down and slammed backward.

Because: There is a national assault on the right to abortion, and people have forgotten, or have never before heard, the truth about what happens to women’s bodies and lives when abortion is illegal. Women in Texas and other parts of the US are already employing dangerous methods to induce abortion: black market drugs, sticking sharp objects like coat hangers and knitting needles into their vaginal canals, purposely getting into a fight or having someone beat them in the stomach, falling down stairs, all to avoid the shame and stigma of abortion or because they cannot access safe and legal abortion care. Without abortion, women will be forced to bear children EVERY single time they get pregnant, their lives foreclosed and shackled to the breeding and raising of children, their dreams crushed, their hopes betrayed. Young girls will all grow up in a society that teaches them that this is their future, and they won’t even BEGIN to dream of what they want to be, or what kind of world they want to live in when they grow up.

Because: LOOK, just look at all this stigma and shame, all this ignorance of women’s bodies’ and basic biology, all this SHAME that’s spewed at women just for having sex, and all this ignorance about the FACT that abortion is not shameful or tragic, that its a safe, common, positive and liberating medical procedure…look at all these fucked up laws, ideas and culture that keeps women locked into these desperate measures! These life and death measures!

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