April 10th, 2014
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Rachel Barrett Martin, on why she is speaking out this weekend at Emergency Actions

Rachel Barrett Martin is a feminist historian of counterculture; she teaches at San Francisco State University, and lectures at CSU East Bay and UC Berkeley.  She will speak tomorrow night in San Francisco as part of national Emergency Actions this weekend.  She says:

"I am honored to be among the speakers at this Emergency Action. And I do it not just for myself and my students, or as a member of Catholics for Choice, but for many in my life who have struggled for reproductive justice: For the dearest OBGYN friend from college who ponders wearing a bulletproof vest to teach the D&C procedure to medical school students. For another dearest friend from college who worked at the Boston Planned Parenthood that was attacked. For all the women of Minneapolis Women’s Collective who shared their abortion activism stories with me, historicizing pre Roe v Wade reality for my M.A. work. For the women who face gauntlets of “anti-abortion” protesters at the health clinics. For the women who cannot access safe medical terminations, let alone early termination options. For the far too many women injured or dead from unsafe, illegalized abortions. Reproductive Rights Now!”

January 22nd, 2014
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SNOW plans - Read Today - Join us in NYC for Roe 41st

URGENT NEWS - Stop Patriarchy can’t be at Supreme Court at noon today.  But weather won’t stop us from standing up for Abortion on Demand & Without Apology.  See what’s happening in NYC today & join us! 

Because of all this snow, all morning buses from NYC to DC are cancelled, so those of us who were coming from New York will not be able to be at the Supreme Court at noon to oppose the anti’s March for “Life.” But abortion rights ARE in a state of emergency. Everyone in the DC-area, dress warm, bring your own sign & be at the Supreme Court. It will make a difference if people show up to stand up for WOMEN’S lives.

For everyone in New York City - GOOD NEWS!  See below what’s happening today 12:30-1:30 on the 41st Anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  Come on your lunch break (we’ll have hand warmers).  
TEACH-IN today!
12:30-1:30
across from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC
Fifth Ave.  Btw. 50th & 51st Sts.
 
Defying religious dogma & anti-woman ignorance and for St. Patrick’s special role in spearheading attacks on birth control & abortion, 
We’re dropping some SCIENCE
- What is a fetus?
- What is an abortion?
- Why Abortion is NOT Murder!
STAND UP 
For Abortion on Demand 
& Without Apology!
ALSO 
IN NYC TODAY
FLASH MOB!!
Meet at 4:30 pm
** email us & 
we’ll tell you where.
November 17th, 2013
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"What comes first: the people or the courts?"

Sharing a commentary from someone who just heard Sunsara Taylor speak at the University of Northern Iowa

by GG in Minnesota

I recently heard Sunsara Taylor speak to a student group at a nearby college.  She spoke about the need to stand up against the intensifying war against women in this country.  In particular, she spoke about the efforts of Stop Patriarchy.org, to fight the attacks on abortion clinics and to challenge the outrageous laws being passed that limit women’s right to abortion. In recent months Taylor has traveled over 12,000 miles with other members of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride to carry this message across the country.

More recently members of Stop Patriarchy have been in Mississippi to
support the Jackson Women’s Health Clinic, and are now in Albuquerque, NM to stand against a ballot initiative banning abortion at 20 weeks. Sunsara stressed that we must work together, not just locally but across the country, in order to bring real and necessary change.

During the question-answer period someone challenged Sunsara’s approach to these issues.  Rather than take to the streets or build networks of support across the country, why not just trust the courts? 

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November 17th, 2013
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Abortion rights emergency rally in Albuquerque, NM calling on people to defeat the 20 week ban on abortion and the whole war on women! It was an incredible day which included an abortion speak-out where people shared their abortion stories of before and after Roe vs Wade, righteous chants, a march around the square, and a speak-out on what it is going to take to turn the tide.

This fight does not end once people walk out of the voting booth. We cannot allow this ban to pass, but regardless of the direction it goes; we need massive resistance against this national onslaught of restrictions on abortion; we need to change the terms of this debate, take back the moral high ground, and ultimately we need to win! We aren’t just out here “fighting the good fight”; women’s lives are on the line and there are two ultimate futures which are sharpening up more and more every day and they are: women will be forced to have children against their will, reduced to breeders and property of men OR we will defeat these attacks on abortion rights and get to a place where women are actually treated as full human beings! WE decide which future we get! There is no time to waste! 

September 1st, 2013
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A Message from Susan Brownmiller to the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride - to read at Abortion Rights Rally - Aug 17, 2013 in Jackson, MS

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-Susan Brownmiller, author of “Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape” and “In Our Time: Memoir of a Revolution”

Greetings to the Abortion Caravan in Jackson.  I am a survivor of three illegal abortions in 1960s, for which I needed to travel to Cuba and Puerto Rico because Roe v. Wade, the great Supreme Court ruling that affirmed women’s rights, did not become the law of the land until the following decade.

Honor your feminist predecessors who led the fight for legalization.  Honor their speakouts and disruptions of legislative hearings in those militant years.  Honor their slogans “Abortion is a women’s right” and “Free Abortion on Demand” that you have resurrected today.

Honor Nancy Stearns, who devised the strategy of class-action lawsuits in 30 states with thousands of complainants.  

Honor the Chicago activists who called themselves “Jane” and began performing abortions themselves.  

Honor the Los Angeles activists Carol Downer and Lorraine Rothman who perfected a vacuum aspiration technique they called “menstrual extraction”.

Honor the Women’s Liberation Center of Austin, Texas that reached out to two young Texas lawyers, Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee.  Honor Weddington and Coffee who filed the single-plaintiff suit, Roe v. Wade, that the Supreme Court finally ruled on in January 1973, in a 7 to 2 decision.

You are standing on the shoulders of remarkable women who never expected their amazing work could become undone a few decades later by evil coalitions of reactionary forces.   The battle is now yours to fight and win again. 

August 23rd, 2013
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"I’ve seen the face of a pre-Roe v. Wade world, it isn’t pretty…"

by Bree Ervin

[Thank you to Bree for sending Stop Patriarchy her personal statement. Bree’s website is www.ThinkBannedThoughts.com and she blogs at thinkbannedthoughts.wordpress.com.]

I went to a high school in rural Colorado. The nearest abortion provider was 4 ½ hours away.

There was no women’s clinic. We had to go to the regular family practitioners or the small local hospital for our services. image

Patient/doctor confidentiality was routinely violated so that girls who got on birth control were slut shamed at school the next day, teased and considered “open for business”. My school was also one of the early adopters of abstinence only sex education. (1993-1996).  

One of my classmates was suspended for bringing a condom into sex-ed class!  

Meanwhile, at the time that I was there, this town experienced the highest teen pregnancy rate in the continental USA!

Each year, over 10% of the girls at my school got pregnant…

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July 31st, 2013
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Recent Development in New Mexico; Operation Rescue Now Targeting Cities

Recently, we heard from Sharon Girard in New Mexico:
"I would like you to be aware of a late horrible development.  Operation Rescue has targeted Albuquerque and has successfully accumulated enough names to have a ballot initiative placed for October 8th.  This is the beginning of a new strategy, targeting CITIES and Albuquerque will be the first!  We need all the support we can get to defeat this.
"…I had to drive 5 hours to upstate New York twice as a pregnant 18 year old in 1972.  I lived in NJ and abortion was illegal there.  When I arrived at the first abortion ‘clinic’ ( it looked more like a home office) I was examined quickly and told I was not pregnant.  This was before sonograms.  

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July 18th, 2013
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I am a volunteer clinic escort at Jackson Women’s Health Org., the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. The undue burden that women must endure to travel hours to our only clinic is heartbreaking. Yet they are so grateful to have this “last resort” to turn to when making one of the most crucial decisions in their lives. If it takes fighting to my last breath, THIS CLINIC STAYS OPEN!

Derenda, MS signer of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride statement.

there are far too many people like this who face harassment and threats on a daily basis from anti-choice fascists out to enslave women and force them into motherhood. People like Derenda understand the importance of women having access to this life saving procedure and are willing to fight to the bitter end to save it! We ALL must have this fighting spirit or condemn women to futures where they will have no right or ability to determine their own futures. It is up to us!

Add your name to this list of righteous fighters and write a statement of support. There are many more sentiments like this out there, and the world needs to know it! 

http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/abortionondemandstatement.html

AND…DONATE! We have 3 more days to reach our goal of $22k and only with a movement, broadly changing the terms around this, and making it a real fight, will things begin to be in our favor, and by that I mean, in the interests of all of society and ultimately all of humanity! 
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/abortion-rights-freedom-ride

July 18th, 2013
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Every woman should have access to medical care for a safe abortion.. period. In 1942 my aunt died from infection which was the result of a back room abortion. Single, pregnant at 22 years old, Irish Roman Catholic that was the only avenue open to her. Her death pretty much broke up the family. Times were so different then… we don’t need to return to those dismal days…..

Jamie, AL
signer of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride Statement

We are headed back to those days if this fight is not taken on, and won.

Add your name to the list of supporters for the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride and DONATE! This truly is a matter of life and death for women all across the country. There has never been more of a state of emergency around abortion rights since the days prior to Roe vs. Wade. WE WON’T GO BACK!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/abortion-rights-freedom-ride

February 2nd, 2013
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ABORTION ON DEMAND & WITHOUT APOLOGY!

Sunsara Taylor & StopPatriarchy.org - Counter-protest “March for Life” (i.e. March for Forced Motherhood) at Supreme Court for 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Without this basic right, women can’t be free. ABORTION ON DEMAND & WITHOUT APOLOGY!

January 22nd, 2012
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See you tonight at Bus Boys and Poets!

You’re all invited…

Speak Out and Dinner
8-10pm at Busboys and Poets
Cullen Room, 5th & K
Organized by World Can’t Wait
Facebook event

Abortion Rights Banners by Heather Ault

Above: Summer 2011, banners by Heather Ault.

January 22nd, 2012
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