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 17th, 2014
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Hillary Clinton, the much-hoped-for presidential candidate within the official (i.e., bourgeois) “women’s movement,” has said, “I for one, respect those who believe that there are no circumstances under which any abortions should ever be available.”
Excuse me? People who are fighting to end all abortion in all circumstances deserve as much “respect” as those who fought for Jim Crow segregation. It doesn’t matter whether they are “sincere” in their beliefs, they are WRONG and they must be uncompromisingly opposed.
-Sunsara Taylor
Read the article at: Revolution Newspaper
Find out more about April 11 & 12 at: StopPatriarchy.org

Hillary Clinton, the much-hoped-for presidential candidate within the official (i.e., bourgeois) “women’s movement,” has said, “I for one, respect those who believe that there are no circumstances under which any abortions should ever be available.”

Excuse me? People who are fighting to end all abortion in all circumstances deserve as much “respect” as those who fought for Jim Crow segregation. It doesn’t matter whether they are “sincere” in their beliefs, they are WRONG and they must be uncompromisingly opposed.

-Sunsara Taylor

Read the article at: Revolution Newspaper

Find out more about April 11 & 12 at: StopPatriarchy.org

March 7th, 2014
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Be a part of bringing into being a culture of revolt against this revolting culture that celebrates the degradation of women! What could be more important than standing with the women of the world on March 8th, International Women’s Day!?

http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/current-mobilizations.html

Be a part of bringing into being a culture of revolt against this revolting culture that celebrates the degradation of women! What could be more important than standing with the women of the world on March 8th, International Women’s Day!?

http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/current-mobilizations.html

January 30th, 2014
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It is through mass resistance

"People must step out into the streets in massive resistance. People must raise their voices uncompromisingly for abortion on demand and without apology. People must put their bodies and their reputations and their social influence on the line.

Mass resistance is a big part of the way that people begin to see the many others who share their desire to see women liberated, combined with agitation, propaganda, and the all-around work of revolutionaries. It is through this whole process that people begin to feel their collective power and strength. It is through mass resistance that people can change how other whole sections of society are thinking and acting. It is through mass resistance that people become more open to the deeper questions of where all this oppression is coming from and what it will take to end it. It is through mass resistance that the total illegitimacy of this whole anti-woman program, how it flies in the face of the will of the people, can be exposed. It is through mass resistance that the rulers can be forced to either back off or risk losing even more ‘legitimacy’ in the eyes of millions more.”

-Sunsara Taylor, revcom.us

January 30th, 2014
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Showdown Around Abortion Rights Intensifies - Stop Patriarchy Leads Defiant Protest Against the Walk for Forced Motherhood

from Stop Patriarchy Bay Area
published at revcom.us

As the anti-abortion movement surges forward on a wave of recently passed legislation that leaves women across the country desperate and trapped in unwanted pregnancies, the movement to End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women (StopPatriarchy.org), led a loud and spirited, uncompromising protest against the 10th annual anti-abortion march in San Francisco.  

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The anti-abortion march calls itself the “Walk for Life West Coast” and buses in tens of thousands of church-going abortion opponents to march down Market Street in the heart of San Francisco, to protest the 1973 Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion, and to call for the absolute abolition of abortion rights nationwide.  This happens as an addition to the original March for “Life” in Washington DC, whose main organizers made great attempts this year to “reach out to” and welcome, along with its usual Roman Catholic crowd, Christian fascist participants and speakers, such as Troy Newman of the vicious anti-abortion organization Operation Rescue and the champion of oppressive “traditional” family values, James Dobson of Focus on the Family [CNN].

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January 22nd, 2014
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Stop Patriarchy & Others Denounce Anti-Abortion Banners, March, and Movement

From Alex Petersburg.

Today I represented Stop Patriarchy and stood in unity with the following speakers, as well as others, to publicly denounce the anti-abortion flags hung on Market St in San Francisco that support the Walk for “Life.”

Somer Loen, president of SF NOW

Larry Everest, Revolution Newspaper

Mona Lisa Wallace, attorney for civil & environmental justice

Curt Wechsler, World Can’t Wait

The flags say “Abortion Hurts Women” and have been displayed on lampposts in anticipation of the anti-abortion march this Saturday. 

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Listen for parts of these strong and defiant, truth-telling statements denouncing the lies about abortion on KPFA news tonight at 6PST!

The statement I delivered is below.  Join us, along with Occupy SF and others, in the streets this Saturday to oppose forced motherhood and fight for women’s liberation!

www.stoppatriarchy.org/get-involved

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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 22nd, 2013
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November 20th, 2013
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Statement from Sunsara Taylor on November 20, 2013

Congratulations are in order for all who raised their voices, donated money, and went into the streets to defeat the outrageous proposed 20-week ban on abortions in Albuquerque yesterday!  This is a win not only for the women of Albuquerque, or even just for the women of New Mexico.  Your work has won a victory for women, and the men and others who value women’s freedom, all over the country as two out of only four doctors in the country who provide late-term abortions practice in Albuquerque.

On the same day, however, the Supreme Court allowed to stand a ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court in New Orleans which forced as many as 15 clinics to close altogether or to stop providing abortions to women who need them throughout Texas while the legal challenges to a completely bogus law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals works its way through the courts.

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November 19th, 2013
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Religious Static: The Soundtrack of Unnecessary Tragedy

There is a vicious movement in the halls of power, in the churches, and on the streets that has taken hold.  While some people are motivated by religion to seek an end to the plethora of injustices in the world today, the Christian fascist anti-abortion movement must be directly opposed if we are ever going to see a day when women can decide their own futures, dream unfettered, and participate equally with men in society, without fear.  And ultimately, we must challenge religion itself as a method and an ideology, and dig deep into how it plays into the very real and truly horrific economic, political, and social situation we are in, here and around the world.

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