March 17th, 2014
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Clinic Closures, Terror, and the True Emergency Facing Abortion Rights Its WORSE Than You Think—We Must Act to Stop It NOW!

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by Sunsara Taylor | March 17, 2014 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us

On March 6, the last abortion clinic in the impoverished Rio Grande region of Texas stopped providing abortions. Today, any woman there who needs an abortion must make a 300-mile round-trip to the next closest clinic. Many will never make that trip. Instead, they will be trapped in abusive relationships, be driven (deeper) into poverty, or take desperate measures—like prostitution—to support a child they did not want. Others will die attempting to self-induce abortions.

Just last year, Texas had 44 abortion clinics. By September, if nothing changes, there will only be six. But, as harrowing as that is, this problem is not restricted to Texas.

It’s WORSE Than You Think

203 abortion restrictions have been passed in the last three years. Three abortion clinics have closed in Ohio since last summer. Two have closed in Virginia. Michigan went from 19 abortion providers in 2009 to just six by 2011. Arizona lost 12 abortion clinics since 2010. Pennsylvania lost five. Five states have only one abortion clinic left and one of those states—Mississippi—is in danger of losing even that clinic; on April 28, the same Federal District court that upheld the clinic closures in Texas will rule on a similar law which would close the last clinic in Mississippi.

On March 3, a clinic in Montana was so viciously vandalized that it has been closed indefinitely. Last year, a man attempted twice to burn down a Planned Parenthood in Missouri and another man was convicted of planning to assassinate an abortion doctor in Wisconsin. In total, eight doctors and staff have been murdered for providing abortions.

Already, women across the country who cannot access safe abortions are attempting to self-abort. They are inserting sharp objects up their vaginas, taking pills, asking their boyfriends to beat them up, throwing themselves down the stairs, drinking dangerous amounts, and more. A study done in 2012 found that 12 percent of women near the Mexico border who came in for abortions had already attempted to induce their own abortions but failed. Now, with the clinics near them in Texas closed, that number will inevitably rise.

This Must Be Stopped!

If this war on women is not directly confronted in its totality, if it is not called out and opposed in uncompromising terms, and if it is not massively resisted and decisively defeated very, very soon, a new and horrific “normalcy” will be hammered into place. Backed up by the weight of thousands of years of tradition’s chains on women, the growing strength of Christian fascist theocrats, and the crushing force of the state, women’s lives are being foreclosed and broken and the future of all women is at risk.

What is needed right now is a massive outpouring of rage. Everyone who does not want to see women forced to have children against their will, who does not want to see women forced into a position that is tantamount to slavery, must act to stop this now.

read the full article here:

http://revcom.us/a/333/clinic-closures-terror-and-the-true-emergency-facing-abortion-rights-en.html

March 9th, 2014
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Reblogged from NYC Revolution Club
March 3rd, 2014
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STAND UP on March 8th for International Women’s Day!

March 8:    International Women’s Day
STAND UP - SPEAK OUT - PROTEST - MARCH!

  • Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!
  • End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women!
  • Fight for the Liberation of Women All Over the World!
Abortion rights are in a state of emergency! 203 new restrictions to abortion were passed in the last three years. Five states have only one abortion clinic left. Anti-woman bigots harass women at abortion clinics across the country. Ninety-seven percent of rural counties have no abortion providers. Upcoming court rulings threaten to close dozens more clinics nationwide. Forcing women to have children against their will is a form of enslavement!

Meanwhile, women are slammed backwards in every realm: from the mainstreaming of violent and degrading pornography to the global epidemic of rape, from a culture that celebrates pimping to the shaming of women who choose to have sex outside of marriage, 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.

Take to the streets this International Women’s Day. Through our public resistance we will expose the illegitimacy of this whole war on women and put the woman-haters on notice that we will not sit silently by. We will express our outrage and bring alive a culture of defiance and liberation. We will wake up and rally forth many thousands more, refusing to stop until we win.

The future of women is at stake. Which side are YOU on?
New York City
12 Noon: St. Patrick’s Cathedral 
[5th Ave. btw. 50-51st Streets]
12:30: March and protest against sites of the war on women
For info and to get involved:StopPatriarchy@gmail.com
San Francisco Bay Area
12 Noon: St. Mary’s Cathedral 
[Geary & Gough]
12:30: March and protest against sites of the war on women
For info and to get involved: 
StopPatriarchyBayArea@gmail.com
Chicago
12 Noon: Holy Name Cathedral
(Red Line, Chicago Stop) 
12:30: March and protest against sites of the war on women
For info and to get involved: 
ChicagoStopPatriarchy@yahoo.com
Seattle
1pm: Seattle Central Community College Plaza
[Broadway & Pine]
Speak out & March
For info and to get involved: 
StopPatriarchySeattle@fastmail.net
Los Angeles 
11 am: Adams & Figueroa.  Abortion on Demand & Without Apology!  Support the HER clinic and oppose the anti-abortionists.
2:30pm:  Hollywood and Vine train station.  March and protest at the sites of the war on women.
StopPatriarchyLosAngeles@gmail.com
Cleveland:
12 noon: Protest at Alternaterm—the FAKE women’s clinic in Cleveland Heights, 2026 Lee Rd. Bring signs, banners, drums, your friends!
March 3rd, 2014
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Stop Patriarchy is calling on YOU to Stand Up for women on International Women’s Day! THIS Saturday, March 8! Actions happening all over the country! Watch the video! Get excited! We’ll be out in the streets demanding an end to this war on women, calling for a culture of revolt against this revolting culture, and demanding Abortion ON Demand and Without Apology! 

What could be more important than being out on this day, standing up for women, and acting in unity with people all over the world?

January 22nd, 2014
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The snow couldn’t stop us! 41st Anniversary of Roe vs Wade day of action in NYC

by Riley

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.

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January 19th, 2014
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From our Call to Action:

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!

http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/call-to-action.html

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December 9th, 2013
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Why We Take Up the Fight Against Pornography

The way in which women are viewed in pornography is a reflection of the way women are viewed overall in society, as objects to be used, specifically in this case, for the sexual pleasure of men.

Pornography cannot and was never meant to be a true representation of what sex actually is. It reinforces the idea that men, by nature, are dominant, and women, are to be dominated.

Porn trains young men to view women as sexual objects, available for the taking, and trains young women to believe it is their duty to please men sexually.

Porn fuels rape. And to take this even further, rape, and gang rape porn has become one of the most popular forms of pornography.

Porn turns women’s bodies into commodities and strips them of their full humanity. And yet you have a section of the intelligentsia that is firmly convinced that women deciding to get into porn, making the conscious decision to enter into the industry, are empowered, and no one can tell them otherwise.

In Stop Patriarchy, we understand the need to pull back the lens and look at the bigger picture of what is happening here.

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