April 10th, 2014
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"If they make it about babies, then women can remain conflicted…"

From a member of Stop Patriarchy in the Bay Area, in response to the abortion rights emergency, the need for Emergency Actions this weekend, and the need to change the terms of the debate about abortion:

"It really is about the oppression of women and not about babies at all. It’s difficult to fully grasp that - I think because in order to maintain control over us it needs to be about babies. If it’s really about women’s autonomy, if the Right just came out and said, “we want women to stay at home and have babies while men take over the world because women aren’t fit to do it,” it would be crystal clear. But if they make it about babies then women can continue to remain conflicted and not realize the larger establishment that is in place that seeps into every facet of our lives.”

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!”

April 9th, 2014
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From Jefferson City, Missouri - Stop Patriarchy supporters attend a rally called for by NOW. Check out the newspaper rack at the public library,  with a stealth “special edition” of The News Tribune!

April 6th, 2014
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Abortion Rights Emergency Webcast - Tune in wherever you are!

Friday April 11, 7-9:30pm EDT
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Speakers include:
Dr. Willie Parker, award-winning doctor at the last abortion clinic in Mississippi
Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revolution Newspaper (revcom.us), leader of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, and initiator of StopPatriarchy.org
Merle Hoffman, CEO of Choices Women’s Medical Center which has provided abortions and other health services to women since 1971
Donna Schaper, Reverend of Judson Memorial Church, on her abortion and women’s moral agency
Marge Piercy, poet, novelist, memoirist, via video message on her near-lethal illegal abortion
Bill Baird, reproductive rights pioneer who was jailed 8 times in the 60s for lecturing on abortion & birth control
David Gunn, Jr.son of first abortion doctor to be assassinated via video message


Testimony from:
Susan Cahill, owner of the abortion clinic that was destroyed and closed on March 3rd, 2013 about how this is an attack on all women.
Dr. Susan Robinson, one of the only 4 doctors in the U.S. who openly provide late-term abortions – featured in the acclaimed new documentary “After Tiller”
True stories of illegal abortions before Roe v Wade

More to be announced…
March 29th, 2014
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I think that ‘abortion on demand and without apology’ is a two-part sentence that encapsulates where we ultimately should be on abortion and when we get to where we should be on abortion. When it is a non-issue, when it is considered health care and it’s as valid a decision for a woman as a decision to continue a pregnancy and parent or to continue a pregnancy and opt for not parenting then there will be no need for demand. But there should never be a need for an apology. Apologize to who?
March 21st, 2014
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Call for Abortion Stories, Call for April 11 Public Testimony

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"On Friday, the 11th, we will bring alive in public testimony the truth of what happens to women when abortion is not available—the women who will die, the lives that will be foreclosed—and expose the full agenda of female subjugation that drives the anti-abortion movement. This should happen on campuses and in theaters, in religious institutions and on street corners, among gatherings large and small. People should tell their own abortion stories—both from before Roe and more recently—or go to the StopPatriarchy.org website to find the stories of others to read out loud. Students and others should transcribe interviews they do with people about their abortions and send them in to be posted, or send in their own. Together, we will bring alive the lives of, and repercussions to, women which all too often are left out of this fight.”

-Sunsara Taylor on Clinic Closures, Terror, and the True Emergency Facing Abortion Rights: It’s WORSE Than You Think - We Must Act to Stop It NOW, Revolution revcom.us

Submit your stories, in print or video, to stoppatriarchy@gmail.com

March 19th, 2014
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We ARE building a movement to end this vicious war on women! The only thing missing is YOU!

Urgently Needed: A force of people across the nation who are outraged at the all-out assault against abortion rights, uniting to change the terms of this debate, and standing in uncompromising resistance to expose and oppose the anti-woman agenda of the anti-abortion movement. Read below, Sunsara Taylor on Taking Patriarchy by Storm in 2012, then get involved at StopPatriarchy.org!

"One of the things we all learned very deeply through this experience is that after having spent a life-time of trying to avoid situations in which women are degraded and demeaned, after seeking to avoid sexual assault and rape, street harassment or stigma cast at us for getting abortions or using birth control or daring to have sex and actually enjoy it, after doing all this and failing anyhow (as all women fail to do because these things cannot be avoided in a world based on male-domination), we discovered that the most liberated spaces are those that we create by going right in the face of the greatest concentrations of patriarchy and oppressive power. Standing up and fighting – right inside the Hooters, inside the porn stores, inside St. Patrick’s and many other places – was more liberating, and contributes more to the liberation of women, than trying to avoid these places and hope they will go away."

http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/

March 17th, 2014
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An inspiring day of action in NYC for International Women’s Day!
Check out the video of footage from the march and rally, speak out, and powerful testimonials from all kinds of people, including a group of male youth who encountered us on the street.

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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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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March 12th, 2014
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Speech for International Women’s Day on the role of the military in the war on women

There were 3,553 sexual assault complaints reported to the Defense Department from October 2012-June 2012. During that same period, there were 219 casualties in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldiers were 15 times more likely to be raped by a comrade than to be killed by an enemy.

About 26,000 women and men in the military were sexually assaulted in 2012. About 75% of women her were assaulted did not report the attacks; about 76% of the men who were assaulted didn’t report their attacks either.

The Pentagon estimates that 85% of sexual assault crimes go unreported.

About 40% of victims in one study indicated that the perpetrator was their ranking officer.

During the reported period, only 302 service members faced punishment or dismissal as a result of being charged, which is less than 2.5% of the total suspected number of sexual assaults and rape, yet 62% of victims who reported sexual assault experienced retaliation.

48,100 women and 43,700 men who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, responding to a survey, acknowledged suffering from military sexual trauma.

According to the Department of Labor, between 20-48% of female veterans were sexually assaulted in the military. More women leave the military with post-traumatic stress disorder from rape than from combat.

In the past 25 years, more than 500,000 people have been sexually assaulted in the military.

90% of survivors of sexual assault in the military are involuntarily discharged.

80% of perpetrators and those accused are discharged with honor.

I could rattle off statistics all day about the abuses of the military, but I’d rather talk about fear. There is rampant fear within the military, to report abuses, to fight back, to speak out against this toxic atmosphere. There is fear outside of the military as well.

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March 9th, 2014
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Reblogged from NYC Revolution Club
March 8th, 2014
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It was a righteous and spirited day of resistance against the war on women in NYC for International Women’s Day! Times Square did not know what what they were in for when we marched through. We left a major impact on many people, struggled with many people, and inspired many people. Thank you to all who spread the word and participated in this day of action. We need to continue to build off of this day; bring masses of people who have hungered for this into the movement, into the struggle, and into the understanding we have on what needs to be done to put an end to this war on women. 

Full report and more photos to come! 

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