July 12th, 2014
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March 29th, 2014
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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?
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…

August 21st, 2013
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The “Abortion Holocaust”: A Monstrous Lie From the Christian Fascists

Operation Rescue is a highly organized section of the anti-abortion movement.  They recently attacked the town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the only city in the state with any abortion providers at all, as well as home of two of the last four doctors who openly provide later term abortions for women who need them.  Operation Rescue has worked this year on introducing a ballot initiative that if passed, will introduce a 20-week ban on abortion in Albuquerque. 

Operation Rescue, Justice 4 All, and other anti-abortion forces have said that the abortions performed between 1973 (the year Roe v. Wade was passed, making abortion legal in this country) and now, are equal to the HOLOCAUST committed by the Nazis on Jewish and other people in the 1930s and 1940s.  This past week when Operation Rescue came to Albuquerque, their youth group (called “Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust”) swarmed the local Holocaust Museum, claiming they would not leave until the museum added an abortion exhibit.  While some oppose the tactics of terror used recently and for too long by Operation Rescue, some of those still find the 20-week ban on abortion to be reasonable.

We have two things to say to those who would accuse women and abortion providers of being on par with Hitler and the Nazis:

1. The Nazis banned abortion.  The role of women under fascism is very, very clear: you are the incubators, the mothers, and the housekeepers; step outside of those lines, and punishment will be inflicted.*  Sound familiar?  Along with patriarchy, the fascist program as laid out by Mussolini and advanced by Hitler also required the unquestionable following of the Christian religion, the suppression of science and intellectualism, the banning of trade unions and other institutions and programs that help the working class, and the vicious imprisonment and execution of communists. 

2. Fetuses are still only potential lives, even at 20 weeks.  Women on the other hand, are actually full human beings.  While most abortions are not later term, it is essential that women have the right to end an unwanted pregnancy at any stage.**  In a patriarchal society that still reduces women to objects, as sex objects or breeders or both, it is shockingly easy for the anti-abortion movement to promote this objectification and enslavement of women through a fetishizing of the fetus, and by taking the question of women out of the debate altogether.

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August 17th, 2013
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August 17th – Abortion On Demand and Without Apology in Jackson, Mississippi and Nation-Wide!

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[photo: David Gunn Jr, son of the first abortion provider of eight who have been killed, speaks at today’s rally in Jackson, MS]
     
There is just one abortion clinic left in the entire state of Jackson, Mississippi. On Saturday August 17th, from 10 – 2pm, the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride is joining together with the Jackson Women’s Health Organization and local activists to hold a rally in defense of the clinic and for Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!
     Everyone everywhere has a stake in this rally being as powerful as possible.
  • If you know people in Mississippi get on the phone to them and tell them to be there!
  • Join with Mark Ruffalo, Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler, Merle Hoffman and others to send a message of support for this rally [stoppatriarchy@gmail.com]!
  • Tell 10 people you know about this rally and ask them to add their name (along with yours) to the Abortion On Demand and Without Apology! Statement.
  • Donate generously today to StopPatriarchy.org to enable us to culminate the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride as powerfully as possible and continue when we return to spread the depth, determination and understanding of the mass resistance needed to turn the tide and defeat the war on women.
July 28th, 2013
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DR. Brent Blue is the only remaining abortion provider in the entire state of Wyoming, where he has been targeting by Operation Rescue. Despite threats, DR. Blue continues to provide women with abortion as an important part of their holistic healthcare. DR. Brent Blue is a hero. Every abortion provider is a hero. Abortion providers save women’s lives. They must be defended and celebrated for this great service they provide.

June 24th, 2013
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Denying women the right to abortion, denying them the right to decide if, and when, they will have children, with everything that means, and all the effects that will have on their lives, denying this is like battering and rape. Denying the right to abortion is a means of exercising forcible control by a male supremacist society over the very lives of women and over their bodies.
Bob Avakian
June 21st, 2013
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It was Hillary Clinton who came out and said that abortion is a “tragic” decision for women.
Bullshit.
You know what is tragic? Forced motherhood! You know what else is tragic? Poverty is tragic. Poverty that prevents a woman from being able to have and care for a child she wants is tragic. Rape is tragic. Pregnancies that result from rape are tragic. Health problems that interfere with a woman’s pregnancy, causing risk to her life or to the fetus are tragic.
Being able to have an abortion to prevent women from being double-penalized by these tragedies, to prevent women from having to foreclose their lives and futures and dreams, to prevent women from being further trapped in poverty or abuse, this is POSITIVE AND LIBERATING!
June 20th, 2013
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ABORTION RIGHTS FREEDOM RIDE route:
After send-off rallies on July 23 in New York City and San Francisco, caravans will travel from both coasts, rallying and gathering support along the way, arriving in North Dakota before August 1 when new laws are set to shut down the last abortion clinic in the state. Then, down to Wichita where those who courageously re-opened the clinic of Dr. George Tiller following his assassination by an ant
i-abortion gunman are facing serious, and escalating threat. On to Jackson, Mississippi where a temporary court injunction is the only thing keeping the last remaining clinic in the state open. All along the way, we’ll protest and confront the anti-abortion woman-haters, erect visual displays that tell the truth about abortion and birth control, collect and amplify women’s abortion stories in order to break the silence, defend the clinics and providers most under attack, and meet with people to build lasting organization to DEFEAT the whole war on women.
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June 17th, 2013
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They told me not to feel bad about my abortion

That’s what a young woman said to her friend with wonder in her voice after encountering the #Stop Patriarchy booth at Warped Tour. She was pro-choice and wanted an #Abortion on Demand & Without Apology sticker but she had obviously never heard anyone talk positively about abortion. We mentioned how important and liberating the right to abortion is for all women, and how we need to fight for it this summer on the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride. It wasn’t long before she told us that she had had an abortion and wasn’t sorry she did, but also felt bad about it. We answered very supportively that abortion is a responsible choice, she obviously did the right thing for her, and she absolutely did not do anything wrong, period - so there’s no reason she should have to feel bad about it for the rest of her life. When her friend ran up behind her and got filled in about the conversation, she put her arm around her and gave her a kiss on the cheek and said, “You shouldn’t feel bad about your abortion.” The young woman smiled and you could literally see her shoulders relax. 

This needs to happen many times over and on a much larger scale throughout society. 1 in 3 American women will have an abortion by age 45. Think about how many teens and grown women are held back and held down by a burden of shame and stigma! This is totally unnecessary and should not be tolerated by anyone who cares about women or what kind of world we live in. 

This summer, Stop Patriarchy and all the people who will be joining us on the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride are setting out to change this! Imagine what it would look like, this new force on the scene, if everywhere the Freedom Ride travels, to all five states with only one clinic left, hundreds of girls and women, wave after wave, throw off the burden of shame and stigma and begin to proudly and defiantly fight to determine their own destinies and turn the tide for abortion rights. All this is tangible and possible.

This Freedom Ride is happening. Join it, Support it, Tell people about it. Donate at stoppatriarchy.org

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