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 28th, 2014
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Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas
People Hearing (Houston) 7:00 pm CST
Wednesday July 30. Encore Theater 4715 Main Street
Streaming live at www.StopPatriarchy.org

Did you know that a new abortion rights court trial is about to begin in Texas? Do you know what will happen if the state wins this case and even more restrictive measures become state law? JOIN US live in Houston, Texas to talk about this war on women. Why should women’s lives and women’s choices EVER be up for a vote?

July 22nd, 2014
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"Not the Time to be Ladylike and Follow Rules Doled Out by the Establishment"

by Mary Lou Singleton, licensed Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner, as well as Founder of Personhood for Women.

Like most women who believe they deserve full human rights and dignity, I am furious. Actually, I alternate between feelings of total despair and full-bodied rage as I watch the rights of women in the United States, like those of women all over the world, erode to the point where we are considered nothing more than public breeding stock. I live in a country that has failed for close to 100 years to give women full constitutional rights in the form of the Equal Rights Amendment, but now recognizes constitutional and human rights for capitalist corporations. Worse yet, constitutional rights and protections are being legally conferred to fertilized eggs, embryos, and fetuses. The lack of a ratified ERA combined with codification of fetal personhood together relegate women in the US to the legal status of state-regulated incubators.

I am a life-long women’s rights activist and have been a practicing midwife for over 20 years. Midwives carry the privelege and burden of knowing and witnessing the most private details of women’s lives. From this knowledge, I am fully aware that the majority of the women I have served have made the decision to abort a pregnancy at some point in their reproductive lives. From conversations with other midwives, I believe the often quoted statistic that one in three women will have an abortion is an understatement. Very rarely do I encounter a woman who regrets her decision to have an abortion. More frequently I hear the tearful confession of a woman who is having post-partum depression or difficulty bonding or alienation from older children telling me that she never wanted to have children in the first place but felt she had no choice. Sadly, as I watch the erosion of abortion rights in our country, I expect to hear more and more of these confessions.

I support the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride because no other organization in the country is speaking the full truth about abortion rights. Forced motherhood absolutely is female enslavement. Without the right to abortion on demand, women are not free. There is no greater human rights abuse than forcing a woman to endure the threats to her emotional and physical health that are inherent in pregnancy and childbirth against her will. There is no more misogynist statement than the odious, “Adoption, not abortion.” Forcing women to gestate and give birth is barbaric and criminal.

I support the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride because under the guidance of the Democratic Party and mainstream pro-choice organizations, the right to abortion has basically disappeared in large swaths of our country. I no longer believe that following the instructions of the non-profit industrial complex and the Democratic Party will do anything to stop the erosion of women’s rights, let alone lead to an expansion of abortion rights in the US.

This is not the time to be nice and ladylike and follow the rules doled out by the same establishment that has failed to protect us from having our rights ripped away. This is an emergency.

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July 16th, 2014
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Where are you in this picture?

Where are you in this picture?

Are you a female over 50? Chances are you took advantage of both birth control and abortion during your reproductive prime. You know how important it was to have those choices.

Are you a female between the ages of 20-50? Not a month goes by that you don’t think about your need for birth control and your absolute right to decide when and if you plan to have a child.

Are you a young woman under 20? You might not be thinking that much about issues of reproduction but you very likely are thinking about and exploring your sexuality and should be able to do so without the terror of your life being foreclosed for it.

Are you a boy or a man between 4-80? You have daughters, granddaughters, wives, sisters and mothers who deserve to be recognized as full human beings and who deserve the right to make personal, legal and responsible decisions about their own bodies.

Are you a member of this society, one of the 317 million people living in the United States? Access to birth control and abortion is an absolute right; it should never be up for a vote. It should never be subjected to the whims of politicians.

How many people in the chart are affected by the laws, court cases and culture restricting birth control and abortion? Everyone. Everyone represented in the graph has a stake in this fight.

Where are you in this picture? Where are you in the fight?

 BECOME AN ABORTION RIGHTS FREEDOM RIDER TODAY
  • Donate $10 and then tell 3 friends to follow your lead
  • Come to Texas any time July 30 into September
  • Host a viewing party in your home for webcast of People’s Hearings each Wed in August. FIRST WEBCAST - Wed. July 30 7pm Central time - Encore Theater - HOUSTON 
  • Send in testimony to the Hearings of pre-Roe abortion stories or what women have to go through today
  • Spread the word on social media @stoppatriarchy, #StopForcedMotherhood #WeRide4Women
  • Take to the streets during the August WEEK OF DEFIANCE

July 14th, 2014
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July 14th, 2014
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July 13th, 2014
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Photos from Warped Tour in Jones Beach, NY. We went out to recruit, gather support, and raise funds for the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, and to spread the message that there really is a war on women and its on us to stop it.

This tour is always such an important reminder of why this movement is so needed in this society today. Often times these young concert goers literally run up to our booth with stories to share, with extreme gratitude that we exist and that they found us, and with anger over the way society treats women.

We heard many stories from young people from all over the country, and some from outside the country. One young woman in particular, told her story of being raised in South America by a mother who helped women obtain illegal abortions (her statement above in Spanish). Another young woman, who literally ran up to the booth, explained how she had been so bombarded by the terrible culture all around her at the concert that celebrates the degradation of women. Another, who was so moved reading all our materials, asking immediately how she could get involved with us, told her story of being raped as a young teenager and never telling a soul until many years later due to the shame and fear of being ignored or even punished by her family.

There are so many more stories like these just waiting to pour forward. This shit really is INTOLERABLE; the fact that there really is NO PLACE on this earth where it is safe to be a woman. Those with the courage to step out today and share their stories have the potential to move thousands and soon millions to act to stop this war on women! 

SIGN UP for and DONATE to the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride! Be a part of our incredible community of support! 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/abortion-rights-freedom-ride-2014-ground-zero-texas

July 8th, 2014
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July 8th, 2014
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Sent in by a supporter of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas, in response to the attacks by some Texas activists who oppose our strategy in fighting for abortion rights, and see us as “outsiders”. There are NO outsiders in the fight against oppression! 

This was attached to this tweet:
"With much love and respect to @StopPatriarchy for keeping our eyes focused on our goal!"

Sent in by a supporter of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas, in response to the attacks by some Texas activists who oppose our strategy in fighting for abortion rights, and see us as “outsiders”. There are NO outsiders in the fight against oppression!

This was attached to this tweet:

"With much love and respect to @StopPatriarchy for keeping our eyes focused on our goal!"

July 8th, 2014
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Sunsara Taylor on the Abortion Rights Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas.

Across this planet, women are treated like punching bags,women are raped and gang raped; they’re forced under the veil, they’re pimped out, they’re forced to have children against their will, and they’re degraded and insulted and disrespected in countless ways. Right now in this country, there is an all out assault on women’s basic right to abortion and birth control. This is a WAR to force women back to the days of the back alleys of illegal abortions and thousands of deaths, to the days of forced motherhood and female enslavement, where literally millions of women had their lives foreclosed. We must NOT go back to that. We should not put up with any of this! We don’t have to put up with any of this, But if we’re gunna stop this, YOU have to be part of fighting it. 

June 25th, 2014
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NOW IS THE TIME: A Statement of Support for the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas

by Carol Downer

[Lawyer; co-founder of Feminist Women’s Health Center - Los Angeles]

I totally support the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride that will take place through Texas this August and possibly through September, and I hope that everyone who values women’s reproductive freedom will support this beginning of a new chapter of the Battle for Women’s Reproductive Rights.

I was there in the mid-1960’s, when abortion was still illegal in much of the United States and women were forced to travel to states and cities where abortion, legal or illegal, was available, or to subject themselves to procedures done by unknown abortionists. I was one of them. I had taken no action to stand up for my reproductive rights, and I didn’t know anyone else who had.

We’re in that same position today. There is a splash of newspaper coverage when one more defeat of the so-called “pro-choice” movement takes place in the courts or the legislatures, or when clinics in Texas close, but mostly life goes on as though nothing significant is happening. Perhaps we send in a few dollars to Planned Parenthood, which has positioned itself as the champion of women’s rights, although that championing is strictly limited to lady-like tactics, not grass-roots organizing.

But, something significant is happening.

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May 28th, 2014
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THIS SUNDAY, in NYC, Members of Stop Patriarchy, including key initiator Sunsara Taylor, will be holding an important panel at the Left Forum entitled, “Abortion Rights Emergency! Stop the War On Women” at  John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York - 524 West 59th st, New York, NY 10019 - 12:00pm - 01:50pm in Room 1.103
This panel will get into the big questions regarding the issue of abortion rights in this country; the emergency situation we face today, and how we are leading this fight for abortion on demand and without apology!
Spread this broadly! See you there!

THIS SUNDAY, in NYC, Members of Stop Patriarchy, including key initiator Sunsara Taylor, will be holding an important panel at the Left Forum entitled, “Abortion Rights Emergency! Stop the War On Women” at  John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York - 524 West 59th st, New York, NY 10019 - 12:00pm - 01:50pm in Room 1.103

This panel will get into the big questions regarding the issue of abortion rights in this country; the emergency situation we face today, and how we are leading this fight for abortion on demand and without apology!

Spread this broadly! See you there!

May 25th, 2014
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