March 17th, 2014
stoppatriarchy

They Are Coming For Our Birth Control!

-from R.G. a member of Stop Patriarchy

We are engaged in a war here in this very country. Women’s rights are undergoing a multipronged attack every day. Much of this war is right out in the open as our politicians publicly dehumanize women, call them nothing but “hosts” to fetuses, claim that some rape may be illegitimate, and that pregnancy from rape is a “gift from god.”

None of this is getting the attention – or the widespread opposition – it deserves. Most people have no idea how extreme the attacks on women’s right to abortion are, how many clinics are actually closing, how many new restrictions and hurdles are being slammed into place. At the same time, most people do not understand that this fight is not only about abortion; it is about all access to reproductive freedom for women.

To date, there have been 92 cases filed challenging the federal government’s rule that requires health plans to cover contraception without a co-pay. These cases claim that providing contraceptives at all is an infringement on religious liberty. 80 of these cases are still pending. 33 cases were brought by non-profit organizations and 44 of the cases were brought by for-profit organizations.

The Obama administration has already accommodated non-profits with religious objections to covering contraceptives. They made a rule designed to ensure employees will receive contraception coverage but that the employer with religious objections will not bear the cost or otherwise have any connection with the coverage. Several non-profit organizations are challenging even this accommodation. There are 36 non-profit cases currently pending.

In addition, about 42 of the total cases while pending have an injunction which allows the organization not to comply with the rule to cover contraception for its employees. The cases can be pending indefinitely.

The fight over contraception coverage is just one example of how women are being attacked on all fronts. Not only do these enemies of women want to obliterate a woman’s right to choose, they want to strip away their right to obtain safe and reliable contraception.

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August 13th, 2012
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DANGER: CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN!!! Federally Funded, Fundamentalist Run, Fake Clinics EXPOSED

by Nova 

There are 750 abortion clinics in the United States, but more than 4000 Crisis
Pregnancy Centers. Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) are funded by groups of Christian fundamentalists and the federal government. They do not offer women choices. Instead they bombard them with shame and outright lies about the reality of abortion and birth control. The ad on the NY subway train for one of these places reads: FREE ABORTION ALTERNATIVES. It should read: UNBELIEVABLE LIES USED TO ENSLAVE WOMEN. I know how dangerous these “clinics” are from first hand experience.


On August 6th, I contacted such a facility in Manhattan advertising its services on the train. I posed as a terrified, pregnant woman. I was left with and appointment, an address, and a password for entry. The next day I witnessed the atrocities these places commit on women. I arrived at the given address and was followed into the elevator by an obvious staff member. She asked what I needed on floor 2 and I recited “EMC” (Everything Medical Center), the password, with a gulp.
The elevator released me into what looked like a medical waiting room where the staff member informed the woman accompanying me that the appointment must be conducted alone. “Only the patient,” she insisted with a smirk, “it’s just the way we do things here.” In fear of both the imaginary circumstances of my character and the very real circumstances I was entering, I silently followed.
Winding through a narrow hallway we proceeded into a medical examination room set up with a small circle of chairs, a video screen, but no doctor. One young woman was already seated, armed with a clipboard. Neither woman introduced herself to me, despite their aggressive interrogation and my obvious fear.


When was your last period?
I don’t know…2, 3 months?
You don’t know?
No.
Were you using any protection?
Only a condom.
Well those hardly work. Were you taking birth control?
No.
Well that doesn’t always work either.
I shook.
I don’t understand why you’re upset.
I’m not ready to be a mother.
You’re already a mother.
I don’t want to make a mistake.
You already did when you laid with that boy. What do you think sex is about?
It’s about sharing something.
AND…
I don’t think it’s just about having kids.
Well you can’t have a baby unless you have sex. Your parents had to have sex to make you. We really need to stick to the form though. What religion are you a part of?

I don’t have one.
You have no faith?
No.
Were you baptized?
No.
We’ll come back to that.
Do you ever want children?
No…I’d really like to do other things in life.
Like what? Don’t you like children?
Well yes, I’d actually like to work with kids, but I CAN’T have one.
So you do like children? She likes children but doesn’t want them. She doesn’t
understand that she’s already a mother. You’re probably about 9 weeks along and that’s a two-day procedure easily. I see you holding your stomach, let’s go take a pregnancy test.
I can’t do that again. I have to go.
What do you mean?
I cried.
How do I get out of here? I need to leave.
You need to calm down and deal with the consequences of what you did.
Please, I need to leave. My boyfriend made me come. I don’t want to be here.
He made you? GOOD.


I didn’t feel like I could leave. It felt like prison. Nobody ever even tried to comfort me. Eventually, I found my own way out of the unofficial examination room through the narrow hallway and ended up in the waiting room. The staff member stormed up behind me carrying a stack of propaganda. At this point I didn’t even feel like I existed. The staff member spoke entirely to the woman accompanying me (she was posing as the mother of my boyfriend) as if I were invisible. I felt invisible. She ranted and raved about how I didn’t understand the risks. She could end up in a permanent vegetative state or die. It happens more often than you think. You think the New York Times is going to put that on the front page of the newspaper? You think the abortion doctors are going to tell you that? That doesn’t make them any money. She continued on to state that my risk for breast would increase 140% if I had an abortion. Yes, one hundred forty percent. And you’re not going to be 16 forever. You’ll regret this when you try to have children again, and can’t.


I felt judged, belittled, targeted… I felt like I’d already done a terrible wrong, and now there was nothing I could do right. I felt like I was worth nothing. The way that woman looked at me… It’s criminal! With their emotionally charged advertisements, they’re literally preying on women who associate their pregnancies with a crisis. All across the nation these Crisis Pregnancy Center’s spew inflammatory rhetoric and dangerous distortions of the truth to instill fear
and shame amongst women in an extremely vulnerable situation. This is not something we can excuse or ignore. There’s a vital need for a powerful force of truth to counter these outrageous lies. The blatant lies I was told, the secrecy, the shame: it was just unreal!

****The conversation reproduced in this piece is not taken directly from any recording. I wrote from memory, but if anything the reproduction is generous compared to what they said.

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This is one of their MANY subway ads.

March 6th, 2012
stoppatriarchy

San Francisco Events

Speakout on the Eve of International Women’s Day
A Protest March, Rally, and Candlelight Vigil Speak-out
Wednesday March 7, 5:00-7:00 PM
San Francisco

*Abortion on demand and without apology
*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, fully equal in every realm
*Fight for the emancipation of women all over the world

1 Peter Yorke Way (between Geary and Post, off Gough) SF, CA

5:00pm Rally and Speak-Out at the office of Archbishop George Niederauer
5:30pm March to St. Mary’s Cathedral [Geary and Gough]
6:00pm Rally and Speak-Out - Candlelight Vigil

On the Eve of International Women’s Day, we demand that the Voices of Women be Heard!

Details

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End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women!

March 9
Friday, 7 p.m.
Revolution Books Berkeley

2425 Channing Way (off of Telegraph Avenue)
, Berkeley, CA 94704

Panel Discussion-

End Pornography and Patriarchy:
The Enslavement and Degradation of Women!
Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!
Fight for the Emancipation of Women All Over the World!

Come discuss what will it take to end the assault on women and emancipate women all over the world.

With
Video of Sunsara Taylor
Reiko Redmonde from Revolution Books
J Dr. Lynette Leighton: Family Medicine physician at UCSF and a former Fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health.

Details

January 27th, 2012
stoppatriarchy

There is not going to be some savior from the Democratic Party. This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into “leaders” who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and actually serves to demobilize people.

But silence and paralysis are NOT acceptable. That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn - or be forced - to accept. There is no escaping it: the whole disastrous course must be STOPPED. And we must take the responsibility to do it.

January 15th, 2012
stoppatriarchy

Stand up for Abortion & Birth Control: Sunsara Taylor + Cristina Page

Wednesday Jan 18, 7-9
Revolution Books New York

Facebook event (Invite your friends!)

Talking about:

Why you should be in Washington DC Jan 23… with:

Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revolution newspaper
Cristina Page, author, “How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America”

The program will discuss the call to be in Washington DC in front of the Supreme Court on January 23rd (to counter the “March for Life”) starting at 11am that day.

Read and sign the call here.

January 10th, 2012
stoppatriarchy
I ABSOLUTELY AGREE. ABOLISH SLAVERY OF WOMEN - SUPPORT CHOICE AND CONTRACEPTION. I am a 64-year old woman and have been saying for a very long time that being forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy is slavery, pure and simple. This should be the rallying cry from now on — NO MORE SLAVERY OF WOMEN.
January 10th, 2012
stoppatriarchy
There is nothing shameful or immoral about abortion. It is a medical procedure that literally saves lives. The outlook that is shameful and immoral is one that seeks to enslave women and punish them for having sex. Cheers especially to the new generation of young women taking on the battle for the liberation of women!

Emma Kaplan, one of the signers of:

January 2012: Stand Up for Abortion and Birth Control

January 6th, 2012
stoppatriarchy

Should a Woman Feel Sad About Her Abortion? Fuck No!

There is absolutely nothing wrong, tragic, unfortunate, or sad about a woman choosing to get an abortion. Nothing.

Why?

Because being forced to have a child against your will is enslavement. Period.

Why else?

Because fetuses are NOT babies. Fetuses have the potential to become babies, but until they are born they have no independent social or biological existence. They are a subordinate part of a woman’s body. Any state, religious, or family intervention which forces – or even pressures – a woman into subordinating her life, dreams and health to incubating that fetus against her will is completely unjust and illegitimate. It is immoral and it is enslaving.

But what about her responsibility? If she didn’t want a baby, shouldn’t she have thought of that before she “opened her legs”?

This argument is wrong on at least four levels. First, this suggests that it is wrong for women to have sex and that they must be punished for doing so (while applying a totally different standard to men). Second, this approach treats children – who should be wanted and well cared for – like nothing more than a punishment to women. Third, this ignores the fact that getting an abortion when one is not ready or eager to have a child is taking responsibility. Finally, this ignores the fact that it is the very Christian fascists who are criminalizing abortion who are responsible for denying increasing numbers of women access to birth control and sex education (which makes it enormously harder for them to protect themselves from pregnancy during sex in the first place).

But what about when a woman is raped? Or if she really wanted to have a baby but there is something wrong with the fetus or a danger to her own life? Doesn’t that make the abortion sad?

Again, fuck no!

If a woman is impregnated because of being raped, it is the rape that is the horrific crime – the abortion which prevents her from being forced to bear the child of her rapist is positive and liberating.

If a woman really wants a child but something goes wrong with the pregnancy, it is the medical problems that are the tragedy – the abortion that eliminates those dangers is positive and liberating.

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Women are human beings, not incubators. A woman who cannot decide for herself when and whether she will have a child has no more freedom than a slave. Abortion is not something to apologize for, it is something to celebrate and defend. 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in her life, she is not wrong for doing so. It is time to declare loudly and boldly:

ABORTION ON DEMAND AND WITHOUT APOLOGY!!!


Sunsara Taylor writes for Revolution newspaper and is on the Advisory Board of World Can’t Wait. Follow her on twitter @sunsarataylor, friend her on facebook and add sunsarataylor.blogspot.com to your blogroll

January 5th, 2012
stoppatriarchy

Should a Woman Feel Sad About Her Abortion? Fuck No!

There is absolutely nothing wrong, tragic, unfortunate, or sad about a woman choosing to get an abortion. Nothing.

Why?

Because being forced to have a child against your will is enslavement. Period.

Why else?

Because fetuses are NOT babies. Fetuses have the potential to become babies, but until they are born they have no independent social or biological existence. They are a subordinate part of a woman’s body. Any state, religious, or family intervention which forces – or even pressures – a woman into subordinating her life, dreams and health to incubating that fetus against her will is completely unjust and illegitimate. It is immoral and it is enslaving.

But what about her responsibility? If she didn’t want a baby, shouldn’t she have thought of that before she “opened her legs”?

This argument is wrong on at least four levels. First, this suggests that it is wrong for women to have sex and that they must be punished for doing so (while applying a totally different standard to men). Second, this approach treats children – who should be wanted and well cared for – like nothing more than a punishment to women. Third, this ignores the fact that getting an abortion when one is not ready or eager to have a child is taking responsibility. Finally, this ignores the fact that it is the very Christian fascists who are criminalizing abortion who are responsible for denying increasing numbers of women access to birth control and sex education (which makes it enormously harder for them to protect themselves from pregnancy during sex in the first place).

But what about when a woman is raped? Or if she really wanted to have a baby but there is something wrong with the fetus or a danger to her own life? Doesn’t that make the abortion sad?

If a woman is impregnated because of being raped, it is the rape that is the horrific crime – the abortion which prevents her from being forced to bear the child of her rapist is positive and liberating.

If a woman really wants a child but something goes wrong with the pregnancy, it is the medical problems that are the tragedy – the abortion that eliminates those dangers is positive and liberating.

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Women are human beings, not incubators. A woman who cannot decide for herself when and whether she will have a child has no more freedom than a slave. Abortion is not something to apologize for, it is something to celebrate and defend. 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in her life, she is not wrong for doing so. It is time to declare loudly and boldly:

ABORTION ON DEMAND AND WITHOUT APOLOGY!!!

Sunsara Taylor writes for Revolution Newspaper, is on the Advisory Board of World Can’t Wait, and is a co-host on Equal Time for Freethought on WBAI 99.5 in NYC. Follow her on Twitter @sunsarataylor, friend her on facebook, and add sunsara.blogspot.com to your blogroll. 

January 3rd, 2012
stoppatriarchy

January 2012: Stand Up for Abortion and Birth Control!

Join us in Washington DC
in front of the Supreme Court
on January 23rd
(to counter the “March for Life”)
starting at 11am

IT IS TIME!
January 22 and 23, on the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision which legalized abortion, come to DC to:

Stand up for Abortion and Birth Control

39 years after women won the right to abortion, this fundamental right is hanging by a thread.

• Nearly 90% of U.S. counties have no abortion provider.
• 2011 saw the greatest number of restrictions passed at the state level – parental notification laws, mandatory waiting periods, gestational bans, etc. – restricting this access even further.
• Doctors who provide abortions are hunted, terrorized and killed.
• And the stigma and shame cast on women who get abortions is greater than ever.

But that is not all.

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