Blaming the Victim will NEVER solve the problem! We Need to Tell The TRUTH because it Matters!
By Pete Ha
By Pete Ha
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.
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!
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.
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!