July 31st, 2014
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Stop Patriarchy protest at Harris County Republican Party Headquarters in Houston, TX. 
First protest of Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas.
Protests every Thursday!!!
http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/protests.html

July 31st, 2014
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First photo-set from the official launch of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, and the very first People’s Hearing in Houston, TX.

Volunteers read incredibly moving testimony from abortion providers on the front lines, from a young woman who experienced brutal violence for daring to walk down the street alone, from a women who watched a loved one die before her eyes from a botched illegal abortion, from a courageous clinic escort who volunteers at the last clinic in MS, from a young woman from Houston who fears becoming pregnant due to the inaccessibility of abortion in her state, from women who experienced having an abortion after it was legalized, and felt nothing but relief. We also heard from two women, who had just recently heard about the ride, who were inspired to share their stories of abortion and the overall experience of being a woman in society, on the spot, one told through a powerful performance piece. 

This is a model, which people all over the country can and must take up, as a part of building up a movement which is breaking the silence, shattering the stigma, changing the terms, bringing out the fact that women’s lives are at stake, and that without a fierce struggle to change the trajectory of this assault on abortion rights, women’s lives and futures will be foreclosed. 

This first People’s Testimony was live broadcasted on StopPatriarchy.org and is posted on the front of our website for others to watch who were unable to tune in live. They will be broadcast LIVE every Wednesday at 7pm CST, in Austin, San Antonio, and Brownsville. Come in person if you can, and if not be sure to bring people together and tune in!

July 29th, 2014
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Stop Patriarchy was recently asked to remove all anti-pornography messages from a table we had at a Vagina Monologues production, in the name of “sex positivity.” Activists with Stop Patriarchy said, you know that there’s a war on women when the state can keep sex education out of the schools and abolish abortion, while a curious ten-year-old can type “sex” into Google and watch a woman eat shit. This is what we are exposing, and we should all fight it. Porn has nothing to do with sex, and it’s not “positive” in its effects—it does nothing to encourage real intimacy, it makes rape and the absence of consent sexy in the minds of many, and the industry itself continues to intersect with sex trafficking and generally treat women like garbage. The event organizer went on to say that there were women involved in the event who create “feminist pornography.” Stop Patriarchy said that we need a movement for women’s liberation, fighting for a world without a multi-billion dollar sex trafficking industry, where women’s bodies are not objects up for sale: not through sex slavery, not in strip clubs, not in porn, no matter who is getting the profit. A world where slavery is rejected not sexualized, and a woman is more than an orifice and receptacle to stuff things into or pump stuff out of.

This is where the connection between the social origins and the social consequences of individual desires must be grasped. Not all theories that seem on the surface to be in opposition to harmful and oppressive tradition actually reflect the kind of world that is possible: a world without slavery in any form. On the contrary, the defining of sex as “whatever you want it to be” when what people want is being shaped by a patriarchal system, is in itself a stamp of approval on the intolerable conditions women face in the world as it is.

Reblogged from the frozen rose
July 28th, 2014
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Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas
People Hearing (Houston) 7:00 pm CST
Wednesday July 30. Encore Theater 4715 Main Street
Streaming live at www.StopPatriarchy.org

Did you know that a new abortion rights court trial is about to begin in Texas? Do you know what will happen if the state wins this case and even more restrictive measures become state law? JOIN US live in Houston, Texas to talk about this war on women. Why should women’s lives and women’s choices EVER be up for a vote?

July 27th, 2014
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"We have to fight. We have to protest."

Meet Jay at his church in Houston, TX.  He tells of his great aunt’s death from a coat hanger abortion, and why he believe we have to fight back against the attacks on abortion now.  Jay donated $10 to the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride today.  Will you match his donation today, to fund mass resistance from “Ground Zero” of the battle for women’s freedom?

July 23rd, 2014
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With just 1 week left until the official launch of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride: Ground Zero TX…

Today, be someone who dares to take a stand for women’s lives.

Join the resistance.

July 21st, 2014
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kaleval:

thepoliticalhippie:

stoppatriarchy:

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.

Reblogged from CATholic
July 16th, 2014
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"Women’s ability to control their lives depends on their ability to control their reproductive lives."

Wendy Robinson, new member of the Advisory Board to the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014.
 
July 14th, 2014
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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! 

http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/abortion-rights-freedom-ride-2014-ground-zero-texas.html

July 13th, 2014
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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! 

SIGN UP for and DONATE to the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride! Be a part of our incredible community of support! 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/abortion-rights-freedom-ride-2014-ground-zero-texas

July 10th, 2014
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July 9th, 2014
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When I was fourteen, I attempted a DIY coathanger abortion. My family was as staunch pro life, Baptist conservative as you can get & I was terrified they would force me to have the child. I was lucky & suffered no health consequences even though what I was doing was very dangerous. As an adult, I think back to that & wonder, why would you force a fourteen year old to have a baby? I had a child's body still, it would have been traumatizing. Pro lifers are so toxic. Anyway, just felt like sharing.
Anonymous

thebaddestfemaleradfem:

misandry-mermaid:

oh-snap-pro-choice:

I’m so sorry for what you had to go through, I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Thank you so much for sharing
-Ash

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!

Reblogged from Rights For All
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