March 21st, 2014
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Call for Abortion Stories, Call for April 11 Public Testimony

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"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.”

-Sunsara Taylor on Clinic Closures, Terror, and the True Emergency Facing Abortion Rights: It’s WORSE Than You Think - We Must Act to Stop It NOW, Revolution revcom.us

Submit your stories, in print or video, to stoppatriarchy@gmail.com

March 18th, 2014
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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

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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.

Contact us today: StopPatriarchy.org

StopPatriarchy@gmail.com

January 12th, 2014
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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!

For more information and to get involved in planning: contact StopPatriarchy@gmail.com or StopPatriarchyBayArea@gmail.com

November 14th, 2013
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Abortion RIGHTS: Stop avoiding it & start demanding it!

From Albuquerque, Day One…

by a member of Stop Patriarchy

Stop Patriarchy was welcomed warmly by local activists that have done a lot of work to fight for abortion rights, on a scientific and pro-woman basis, and to argue for an unapologetic stance in doing so.  We are uniting with these courageous and tireless folks throughout the week to change minds, break boundaries, and rally all those who support abortion rights to stand together in defiant opposition to this ban and the anti-abortion movement that would like to see a society-wide return to the dark ages, stand together in uncompromising support of abortion rights, and stand together in determination to see this world transformed into one where women are truly liberated.

Beyond these deeply determined circles, there seemed to me at first to be a bit of abortion fatigue in Albuquerque.  The last time Stop Patriarchy was here was in August on the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, launching a nation-wide movement to end the attacks on abortion, changing the terms of the debate, and rallying others to stop relying on the Democrats for fundamental gains against this war on women.  At that time, Operation Rescue, an anti-abortion organization with a whole fascist agenda and sordid history of instigating violence against abortion providers, had just come through the town in a rampage.  In response, Personhood for Women organized a rally in which many people spoke out against those terror tactics, and to the need for abortion — yes, past 20-weeks, and at any point in her pregnancy.  Since then there has been a lot of advertising from both the “for” side and “against”… Watching TV for ten minutes, you see a commercial for and a commercial against the 20-week ban on abortion that residents will vote on next week, in this flashpoint of the attacks on abortion rights, the hometown of the practice of two out of only four late term abortion providers in the nation.  Walking through the halls of the student union at University of New Mexico you can see the fliers for both sides, one after the other after the other.  

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November 1st, 2013
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We Condemn the New Federal Ruling Which Will Immediately Shut Down Abortion Care at Many Clinics in Texas We Appeal to All Who Care for Women: We Must Resist Now!

A statement issued by Sunsara Taylor, on behalf of StopPatriarchy.org, November 1st, 2013

StopPatriarchy.org condemns in the strongest possible terms the outrageous ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on October 31st which will have the effect of immediately closing down abortion services at as many as 13 clinics throughout Texas! That this ruling came just three days after a federal judge had blocked the implementation of a new Texas law that would require abortion doctors to have arrangements to admit patients with local hospitals shows how extreme and intense the fight is right now over the direction of abortion rights – and the lives of women – throughout this country.

Everyone who cares about the lives and futures of women must make their outrage heard and their resistance seen throughout this country. We must stand against this outrageous assault on the fundamental rights of women in Texas and this escalation in the national war on women.

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October 29th, 2013
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October 29th, 2013
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Three Questions To Ask Yourself About the #AbortionRightsEmergency in Jackson and Albuquerque, and The Role You Should Play

StopPatriarchy.org’s November counter-offensive against the attacks on abortion is underway this week!  We are calling for people from all over the nation to contribute your voice, time, money, creativity, and courage to stand with us in Jackson MS November 2-6, where the last clinic in the state is under threat of violence and impending closure, and in Albuquerque NM November 15-17, where a 20-week ban on abortion would put out of business 2 of the only 4 late-term abortion providers left in the U.S.  To find out more about the state of emergency abortion rights are in, concentrated in these two cities, read “Two Concentrations of the Fight Over Abortion Rights Loom in November: Everyone Who Supports Abortion Rights Must Rally in Mississippi and Albuquerque.”

1 in 3 women in the U.S. get an abortion.  The complication rate for birth is ten times higher than the rate of complications with abortion.  Abortion is a common and safe medical procedure that is necessary for women to be able to control their own lives.  Flying in the face of these facts, a powerful anti-abortion movement is pushing to end all access to abortion, and to shame and criminalize the women who get them and the doctors who provide them.  The attacks on abortion rights in Jackson and Albuquerque — intimidation, harassment and threats to the clinics, as well as proposed laws attempting to close these clinics and thus eradicate access in vast (and ultimately all) regions of the nation — come on top of three years which have seen record restrictions on abortion across the country; more than 50 abortion clinics have been forced to close.  Whether the latest and most dangerous concentrated attacks are allowed to go down unchallenged — or whether they are resisted, exposed, and through this many more people are rallied to stand up for abortion rights — will have great bearing on the lives of women everywhere for generations to come.

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October 27th, 2013
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month but a month, a day — THIS HOUR — should be more than just that!

By Pete H.

The first time I realized how badly women are beaten, I didn’t know what to do. I had known about it and saw the violence in my home, but I didn’t think it was that important or that bad. What was the big deal? Everyone gets beat up. After all, I believed, why dwell on household violence when there is war? I felt helpless when I heard the stories from women who suffered intimate partner violence. I couldn’t ignore it. Not only were women beaten, they were put down verbally, emotionally and psychologically, which they said was worse than being beaten physically. How could this happen? And how could people not know about it or even talk about it? I studied as much as I could. I became obsessed with “violence against women” as an issue. I took excessive notes on napkins and scrap paper about my thinking about it, about what other people said about it. I sought intervention and I even took notes there. I read many articles about patriarchal violence, read bell hooks and Paul Kivel. Domestic violence has to be done away with! I tried riling people up, to wake up and take action!

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October 26th, 2013
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ABORTION RIGHTS EMERGENCY—YOU ARE NEEDED NOW!

JOIN US TODAY, in a fundraising surge to raise at least $2000 of the $15,000 that is urgently needed!! ONLY $295 to meet our goal for today’s fundraising surge of $1000. We will get a matching $1000 donation if we make it to $1580 today! Donate, get your friends to donate, make plans to join us down in MS and ABQ, tweet and Facebook about this fundraising campaign and mobilization, cause #itsuptous to turn the tide on #abortionrightsemergency!

October 26th, 2013
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October 26th, 2013
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Revolution News interviews Dr. Willie Parker, Doctor at the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi

by Sunsara Taylor | October 25, 2013 | This interview originally appeared in Revolution Newspaper at revcom.us

 

“We have laws put on the books now that literally compromise the lives of women… and that is hard for me to take when I know what it means when women don’t have access to abortion.”

Dr. Willie Parker

 From November 2–6, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization (JWHO), the last abortion clinic left in Mississippi, will be besieged by one of the most woman-hating, Dark Ages, bigoted Christian fascist organizations in the country. Operation Save America/Operation Rescue, has been associated with clinic violence and terror over decades. Local activists have called for a week of action defending this clinic and StopPatriarchy.org is mobilizing people nation-wide to join with and link this up to the fight to win abortion on demand and without apology across the country. Find out more about this effort at StopPatriarchy.org orhttp://revcom.us/movement-for-revolution/stop-patriarchy/.

In an effort to bring attention to the emergency that confronts the women of Mississippi, Sunsara Taylor conducted the following interview with Dr. Willie Parker, one of the two heroic abortion doctors who regularly flies to Mississippi to provide abortions. Earlier this year, Dr. Parker received the George Tiller, MD Award (named after the well-loved abortion doctor who was assassinated in 2009) for his leadership and courage and was presented with an Abortion Providers Are Heroes certificate of appreciation by the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride at the Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation, in Oak Park, IL.

Sunsara Taylor: I want to thank you for taking the time to speak with me today, I know that you’re squeezing this into an extremely busy schedule, which includes a lot of travel across the country. So I wanted to maybe start with that and ask if you could talk a little bit about why it is that you do so much travel, in particular for your job providing abortions.

Willie Parker: Sure. My pleasure to be with you on the interview. As you know, I am calling you from the road, I’m en route to Montgomery, Alabama where I work as a traveling abortion provider. For me, making the decision to travel to provide this service, after making the decision to actually become a provider, is born largely of the fact that I realize that abortion as well as health care should be easily and readily accessible for the women and families who need it. But the reality is that 92% of counties in this country have no abortion provider, and that’s for multiple reasons, but the more present ones are, besides the shame and stigma associated with abortion, there are the legal and legislative maneuvers to restrict access to abortion, despite it being legal via the Roe v. Wade decision. So my understanding of the need of women for abortion care, coupled with the fact that there’s limited access, led me to conclude that I have a skill, I have a desire to provide the service, because I know what it means when women don’t have it. And given that the distribution of this resource is limited, I decided that if I don’t go to where the need is, increasingly all over this country, but for me particularly, I chose to travel to the South, where I’m from, to meet the needs of women, who, if I don’t travel, they don’t have access.

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October 24th, 2013
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Two Concentrations of the Fight Over Abortion Rights Loom in November: Everyone Who Supports Abortion Rights Must Rally in Mississippi and Albuquerque!!

by Sunsara Taylor and Rigel Kane | October 14, 2013 | This article originally appeared in Revolution Newspaper at revcom.us

Right now, there are two key places in the country where the battle over abortion is most concentrated. From November 2-6, the last abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi will be under siege from Operation Save America, an extreme, violence-inciting, woman-hating Christian fascist organization. And on November 19, a vote will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico that could ban abortions after 20 weeks, thereby shutting down two of the four doctors in the country who openly provide abortions for women who desperately need them in the third trimester of pregnancy.

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                Rally defending the Jackson Women’s Health Organization

                 in August during the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride.

These are not “local” issues. What happens in each of these places—whether people mobilize to resist these attacks on women, including traveling to these places from across the country, or whether people stay home and “lay low”—will have tremendous implications not only for the outcome of these particular battles, but for the direction of the whole war on women. StopPatriarchy.org will be down there and calls on everyone else to join us there or to find others ways to strengthen this effort, through sending messages, donating to this effort, taking action where you are, and using your own networks and voices to bring others very broadly into this mobilization. Together, we must turn these attacks into a sea-change where increasingly thousands and soon millions are standing up to resist and defeat the entire war on women.

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September 12th, 2013
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Taking on the Anti-Abortion Siege in Albuquerque and Beyond

Originally appeared in Revolution Newspaper at REVCOM.US

Albuquerque, New Mexico has become a national focal point in the struggle over abortion rights in this country because it is the city where two out of the four doctors left in the country who perform later abortions practice. As described in the piece below, this city was targeted for threatening and woman-hating protest by the fascist anti-abortion group Operation Rescue during mid-August and it will remain the focus of the anti-abortion movement as they work to close these abortion providers down. Albuquerque was also one of the final stops on the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, a month-long caravan that traveled from both coasts and down the middle of the country to stand up for abortion rights this past summer. The following was written by a member of a Revolution Club and Abortion Rights Freedom Rider.

 

The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride was happy to be invited to a rally on August 20 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to denounce the anti-abortion organization “Operation Rescue” as terrorists. The organizers put this rally together in six days, after Operation Rescue descended on their town: circulating “Wanted Poster”-style postcards complete with abortion doctors’ faces and home addresses, terrorizing the Holocaust and Intolerance Museum and demanding they install an exhibit on the “abortion holocaust,” hanging baby dolls from lampposts, and screaming “murderer!” outside the clinic, the homes of providers, and other local pro-choice medical facilities. This nightmare week was part of a push led by Operation Rescue to pass a bill to ban abortion in Albuquerque after a woman reaches 20 weeks of pregnancy. Albuquerque is the only city in the state with abortion clinics, and is home to two of the four doctors in the whole nation who openly provide late-term abortions to women who need them.

Here is some important history about Operation Rescue, and their murderous intentions when it comes to the targeting of late-term abortion providers. In 2006, Troy Newman, leader of Operation Rescue, said about their focus on passing restrictions in Kansas, “We also want to give the women driving up from Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma about 2½ hours to think about what they’re doing, and maybe change their minds.” Then, in 2009, the murder of Dr. George Tiller in his church in Wichita, Kansas sent a clear and chilling message to abortion providers that provide women with the opportunity to end their pregnancy at any point (a.k.a. “late term" abortion). Scott Roeder, the anti-abortion gunman who murdered Dr. Tiller, had gotten Tiller’s home address as well as the address of his church from Cheryl Sullenger, the Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue. Sullenger served two years in prison for attempting to bomb an abortion clinic!

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September 6th, 2013
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Vice Magazine Interview with Sunsara Taylor: The Abortion Freedom Riders

By Natalie Elliott

There’s no disputing that here in the US there seems to be some kind of state-level legislative epidemic hellbent on condemning female reproductive rights for ever more. Never mind the explosive support of Texas Senator Wendy Davis during her abortion-bill filibuster earlier this summer—Governor Rick Perry saw that the bill passed in the bat of an eye in an instantaneously appointed special session. A couple states away, in North Dakota, recent legislation aimed to prohibit abortions after six weeks but was paused by a last-minute injunction granted on July 31, mere hours before the new laws were set to take effect. Not that it matters much anyway: There’s only one remaining abortion clinic in the entire state. Meanwhile, Arkansas has instituted its own ban on abortions after twelve-weeks.

So it sucks, but what are you doing about it? 

Read the interview…

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