It is long past time that we get off the sidelines, take back the moral high ground, raise people’s sights, and fight for a future where women’s lives matter! Join the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero TX.
Standing up for Abortion on Demand and Without Apology on the streets in Austin, Texas!
"because all babies deserve to be wanted and supported" that made my skin crawl. What a horrifying thing to think. What a despicable notion that only those that are wanted and supported deserve to live. Heartless.
This sort of killed me inside. Those poor people have been fooled by society into thinking that life is an option and that convenience justifies murder.
I feel terrible for them.
Abortion is NOT Murder, because Fetuses are NOT Babies. And Women are NOT Incubators! Criminalizing abortion MURDERS WOMEN.
FUCK TRADITION! At San Francisco Pride with our stickers, sign up sheet, and poster. Our radically simple approach inspired many; lots of people took stickers, signed up with us, donated, and wanted to come on the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride. This is something anyone could do just about anywhere, to wake people up, and draw them into this movement!
More photos from Warped Tour in Jones Beach, NY! Come to Texas, Ground Zero of the war on women’s right to abortion! The lives and futures of women will be determined by what we do today! Stop forced motherhood!
Photos from Warped Tour in Jones Beach, NY. We went out to recruit, gather support, and raise funds for the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, and to spread the message that there really is a war on women and its on us to stop it.
This tour is always such an important reminder of why this movement is so needed in this society today. Often times these young concert goers literally run up to our booth with stories to share, with extreme gratitude that we exist and that they found us, and with anger over the way society treats women.
We heard many stories from young people from all over the country, and some from outside the country. One young woman in particular, told her story of being raised in South America by a mother who helped women obtain illegal abortions (her statement above in Spanish). Another young woman, who literally ran up to the booth, explained how she had been so bombarded by the terrible culture all around her at the concert that celebrates the degradation of women. Another, who was so moved reading all our materials, asking immediately how she could get involved with us, told her story of being raped as a young teenager and never telling a soul until many years later due to the shame and fear of being ignored or even punished by her family.
There are so many more stories like these just waiting to pour forward. This shit really is INTOLERABLE; the fact that there really is NO PLACE on this earth where it is safe to be a woman. Those with the courage to step out today and share their stories have the potential to move thousands and soon millions to act to stop this war on women!
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I’m so sorry for what you had to go through, I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Thank you so much for sharing
This is the future that pro-life America wants for our children, except with worse outcomes than anon, who was actually quite lucky to see no negative health consequences. I wish you much luck, anon.
This is nerve wracking, but I’m going to go ahead and do it because I feel like I need to. I am this anon. I’m pretty new to tumblr, so I have no idea what the etiquette is for claiming to be an anon, but that is absolutely 100% legitimately me that wrote that anon ask.
The reason I did it anonymously is because I have never told anyone about it. Never, not even my spouse, best friend or therapist. It was difficult for me to even put it into words, surrealistic. Writing it as an anon was easier emotionally, like it could have been anyone else but me that wrote it. But it’s not, that was me, it happened to me, and it was real. And I want to claim ownership of that because while it’s painful, I want to end the stigmatization of abortion as something to be ashamed of.
For the sake of context, let me say that one could argue the validity of whether or not I was actually pregnant. I was fourteen and sexually active, but always had very regular periods. Then I was about two weeks late after beginning to have regularly unprotected sex for the first time. I had no way of obtaining a pregnancy test, being 14 I had no money, not even five bucks. Let alone no way to get into a drugstore alone and unsupervised. And I knew for a fact, if I asked my parents or any adult in my world for a pregnancy test or told them what was going on, they would watch me like hawks to make sure I had this child. Abortion is murder they said, even unwanted children deserve to be born.
But the idea of carrying that child scared me to death. The idea of my body warping and swelling to house a child was utterly terrifying, so I waited and told myself I was overreacting. But the days went on and instead of the menstrual cramps I prayed for, my breasts began to hurt and swell and the smell of food made me puke.
I wanted to try the herbal abortion remedies I saw online but again, I had no way of obtaining them. I was desperate, and I remembered how the people at church would talk about “barbaric abortions using wire coathangers”. I didn’t even think twice, I found some instructions online, stole a hanger out of my dad’s closet it and did it as best as I could.
This is the reality of what Pro life America wants, as misandry-mermaid said. And you know what? They’re right, it is barbaric. And sad, and desperate, and dangerous. They are entirely responsible for forcing women and girls into reproductive oppression. I used to be embarrassed and ashamed that I had done this. But I’m not anymore.
I’m fucking angry, and I’m speaking up.
Forced Motherhood is Female Enslavement!
RECRUITING in California for the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas, for Stop Patriarchy, and for women’s liberation!
One young man saw a sticker that said, “Women are not bitches, ho’s, punching bags - WOMEN ARE HUMAN BEINGS” and said, “Wow, that’s deep! That is so on point.” Then paused. Then said, “Actually that’s some BASIC shit! Why we even gotta say that??”
And there it is.
So many of these young people at Warped Tour stops in California were SO HAPPY to see Stop Patriarchy puncturing the atmosphere of the culture they have a hunch is really twisted… where you have to not only SAY that women are human beings, but you have to FIGHT for it.
Stop Patriarchy heard many personal stories, made hundreds of connections and raised hundreds of dollars alongside these young people who CAN imagine a better world, and want to be part of taking a stand for the humanity of women everywhere.
When women are under attack, what do we do? STAND UP FIGHT BACK!
…and it is time for all of us to step it up. Abortion rights are under unprecedented attack. If you are young, old, been following or fighting in the battle for abortion rights, or never paid it much mind at all…
If you share the hunch that this system, this culture, does not respect women… and if you care about the future for women and girls everywhere…
it is time to investigate! GET THE FACTS and JOIN STOP PATRIARCHY this summer in a historical effort to change how millions of people think about women (as human beings), and turn the tide in the whole war on women.
Sent in by a supporter of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas, in response to the attacks by some Texas activists who oppose our strategy in fighting for abortion rights, and see us as “outsiders”. There are NO outsiders in the fight against oppression!
This was attached to this tweet:
"With much love and respect to @StopPatriarchy for keeping our eyes focused on our goal!"
Sunsara Taylor on the Abortion Rights Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas.
Across this planet, women are treated like punching bags,women are raped and gang raped; they’re forced under the veil, they’re pimped out, they’re forced to have children against their will, and they’re degraded and insulted and disrespected in countless ways. Right now in this country, there is an all out assault on women’s basic right to abortion and birth control. This is a WAR to force women back to the days of the back alleys of illegal abortions and thousands of deaths, to the days of forced motherhood and female enslavement, where literally millions of women had their lives foreclosed. We must NOT go back to that. We should not put up with any of this! We don’t have to put up with any of this, But if we’re gunna stop this, YOU have to be part of fighting it.
Three Lessons on the Anniversary of Wendy Davis’s Filibuster of Anti-Abortion Restrictions
by Sunsara Taylor
In many cities across Texas, celebrations are being organized on July 25th to celebrate the one year anniversary of Wendy Davis’s filibuster of the anti-abortion bill SB5. The following are three points for everyone reflecting on this anniversary.
1. There are tens of thousands of people in Texas, as well as even more across the country as a whole, who can be mobilized to stand up and fight for abortion rights. In the days preceding and then throughout Davis’s filibuster, many thousands of people flooded into the Texas capitol to speak publicly of their abortions, to voice their anger at the proposal to take this right away from huge numbers of women, to scream and yell and disrupt business as usual, and even to get arrested on behalf of protecting women’s right to abortion. This is an indication of the depth, breadth and ferocity of the reservoir of potential fighters not only for women’s full reproductive freedom but also for the full liberation of women against all forms of degradation, violence, discrimination, sexual assault, and enslavement.
2. The fact that, despite this outpouring of opposition, the government went ahead and passed these draconian anti-woman, anti-abortion restrictions, that many abortion clinics have been forced to close, and that all but six remaining clinics are set to close on September 1st just shows that while the battle must rage in many spheres, relying on the official structures and channels of politics can only lead to disaster. For the last forty years, the battle over abortion has repeatedly moved further and further to the right so that consistently yesterday’s outrage becomes today’s compromise position and tomorrow’s limit of what can be imagined. This has gone on not only in Texas, but across the country. As the entire spectrum of official politics moves further and further to the right, this direction can not be reversed simply by strengthening the “left end” of that spectrum. It is necessary to step outside of these official channels and fight against this whole direction.
3. Now is the time for everyone who does not want to see women reduced to breeders and forced to have children against their will to stand up and join in mass, independent, political resistance. Through our actions and our uncompromising truth-telling, we must set different terms throughout society – making clear to everyone that the fight over abortion has never been about babies and has always been about whether women will be enslaved to their reproduction or treated as full human beings. NOW is the time to step forward – by ourselves if we must and together where we can – to declare boldly: Abortion On Demand and Without Apology! Forced Motherhood is Female Enslavement! One critical effort underway is the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero Texas which is coming in August and into September. I invite and urge everyone to get involved with this effort, on the ground in Texas and as a “virtual Freedom Rider” from anywhere in the country. Together we must create a political situation where the courts and the powers that be are worried about massive levels of protest, militant non-violent resistance, and massive disaffection should they rule negatively. This is critical for the women in Texas and as a key front in reversing this deadly trajectory nation-wide. Everyone has a role to play and the future of women as a whole is at stake!
Sunsara Taylor is a writer for Revolution Newspaper (revcom.us) and initiator of End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women (StopPatriarchy.org).
Sounding the alarm on the abortion rights emergency in NYC, calling on people to sign up for the ride, donate, and send a message on a coat hanger down to the women of Texas! If you are in the NYC area and do not want to see women’s lives foreclosed due to forced motherhood, JOIN US! We will be out every weekend leading up to the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride which kicks off August 1st!