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 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 25th, 2014
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Join us online, as the People’s Hearing Houston brings alive what it’s like when abortion is illegal and inaccessible and what is happening right now in Texas and across the US with the Abortion Rights Emergency. If the courts won’t recognize and broadcast the truth, then we WILL! We must rely on ourselves and tune in, stand up, and fight back!! 

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 22nd, 2014
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From a Texas Woman: Off the Sidelines… Because I Do Not Like to Be Controlled

Watching the filibuster of the Texas legislature, and the subsequent outpouring of dissent last summer, I felt a number of emotions. Shock that this was actually happening. Excited that Texas women were standing up for our rights. And jealousy that I wasn’t there with them! I was hopeful that this was a tide that was turning. That society was shifting in a way that was favorable towards women’s rights, specifically, the right to a safe and accessible abortion.

I was wrong.

More and more TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws are being passed around the country. Texas is the latest example of how the legislatures can use the courts to ban abortions. But Texas must also be an example of how to create visible resistance to any restrictions to women’s liberation.

Part of the jealousy that I talked about earlier was due to the fact that I was sitting on the sidelines, living life, not getting involved with political matters. I think a lot of people do that and it’s understandable. As women, we have jobs and families that keep us occupied. But in my opinion, banning abortion is one of the tools that reactionary forces in our society are using to control women, keeping us subjugated. And I do not like to be controlled.

That is why I am supporting the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride as it makes its way through Texas. If the courts, reactionary politicians, and misinformation are allowed to reduce the number of abortion clinics in Texas to 6, in a state with 26 million people, and I did nothing, then I would be beyond jealous. I’d be pissed.

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 17th, 2014
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"Wishing you all much love & determination"

Sharing a message just received from a generous donor:

It is my pleasure to donate & fund a Freedom Rider on this important mission. Go inspire/unite all of the women who need to know they deserve to be treated as full human beings capable of making decisions about their own bodies. Bring the message of another world is possible, free of the crushing oppression of women here & around the world, and they can be a part of bringing that world into fruition.

Wishing you all much love & determination in turning the tide & defeating the war on women

Join her today! 

DONATE $100…$25…even $10 will make a difference. For the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero Texas.

July 16th, 2014
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Where are you in this picture?

Where are you in this picture?

Are you a female over 50? Chances are you took advantage of both birth control and abortion during your reproductive prime. You know how important it was to have those choices.

Are you a female between the ages of 20-50? Not a month goes by that you don’t think about your need for birth control and your absolute right to decide when and if you plan to have a child.

Are you a young woman under 20? You might not be thinking that much about issues of reproduction but you very likely are thinking about and exploring your sexuality and should be able to do so without the terror of your life being foreclosed for it.

Are you a boy or a man between 4-80? You have daughters, granddaughters, wives, sisters and mothers who deserve to be recognized as full human beings and who deserve the right to make personal, legal and responsible decisions about their own bodies.

Are you a member of this society, one of the 317 million people living in the United States? Access to birth control and abortion is an absolute right; it should never be up for a vote. It should never be subjected to the whims of politicians.

How many people in the chart are affected by the laws, court cases and culture restricting birth control and abortion? Everyone. Everyone represented in the graph has a stake in this fight.

Where are you in this picture? Where are you in the fight?

 BECOME AN ABORTION RIGHTS FREEDOM RIDER TODAY
  • Donate $10 and then tell 3 friends to follow your lead
  • Come to Texas any time July 30 into September
  • Host a viewing party in your home for webcast of People’s Hearings each Wed in August. FIRST WEBCAST - Wed. July 30 7pm Central time - Encore Theater - HOUSTON 
  • Send in testimony to the Hearings of pre-Roe abortion stories or what women have to go through today
  • Spread the word on social media @stoppatriarchy, #StopForcedMotherhood #WeRide4Women
  • Take to the streets during the August WEEK OF DEFIANCE

July 16th, 2014
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July 15th, 2014
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DONATE to launch the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero TEXAS. Any amount you can donate goes to fighting to turn the tide on the national abortion rights emergency! Find other ways to participate and support at Stoppatriarchy.org
Comment from donor in South Dakota: “I want to tell everyone: What’s happening in Texas is a precursor to the whole country. Speak up. Get informed. Don’t be afraid to discuss this issue. Don’t be ashamed. People don’t know how awful it is and how badly women will be hurt with these laws denying abortion rights. That’s why I’m supporting the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride Texas.”

DONATE to launch the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero TEXAS. Any amount you can donate goes to fighting to turn the tide on the national abortion rights emergency! Find other ways to participate and support at Stoppatriarchy.org

Comment from donor in South Dakota: “I want to tell everyone: What’s happening in Texas is a precursor to the whole country. Speak up. Get informed. Don’t be afraid to discuss this issue. Don’t be ashamed. People don’t know how awful it is and how badly women will be hurt with these laws denying abortion rights. That’s why I’m supporting the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride Texas.”

July 15th, 2014
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Excerpt from: Revolution Interview: Dr. Willie Parker, Doctor at the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi 
Sunsara Taylor: This is sort of encompassed in what you just spoke to, but I think maybe it would be helpful to surface it, and speak to it very explicitly. One of the charges the anti-abortion movement makes is that abortion is a form of genocide against Black people. To me, this is one of the most insidious, perverse, and outrageous accusations, given the actual history of this country’s genocidal program towards African-American people, and given the current policies of mass incarceration, mass criminalization, all of this that’s actually going on against Black people. But instead of targeting that, they vilify and demonize Black women, who, for all the reasons you described have the least access to healthcare, birth control, all of this, and—like all women—often choose to have abortions. To demonize them and criminalize them and shame them and scapegoat them for all of the horrors that are heaped down on Black people in this society, and to use that as a means to demonize abortion for all women, I think this is one of the most outrageous things. Yet, I think it has a lot of people confused, and so I wonder if there’s anything more that you want to say about that explicitly?

Willie Parker: Well I’ll say that as a human being that studied history and who knows the impact of the term genocide, but also as a person of color, as an African-American person who attempts to be a critical thinker, I am both appalled and offended that, for purposes that are not genuine in any way, anti-abortion forces will use the inflammatory language of comparing abortion to genocide. It’s offensive because it implies that Black women aren’t smart enough or thoughtful enough to make the tough decision to have an abortion. It revisits in a paradoxical way the control of Black women’s fertility and of their bodies. In slavery women were forced to breed. Now they’re being again forced to breed, or forced to bear children that they had no intention to bear. And to allege under some notion that there is a genuine interest in the well-being of either women in general or Black women in particular, or Black babies, that there is this interest that persuades them to try to block access to abortion while at the same time reducing access to education, housing, health care, food stamps, and the like, is hypocrisy of the highest order.

One of the most dangerous truths is a half truth. And while it doesn’t take much persuasion to indict the intentions of racially bigoted people in this country who hold power who try to defamate or do things to Black people as a group, it is not in any way relevant to the fact that women who become pregnant, no matter what their color, need access to abortion. The odious history of racism in this country does not justify the denying of women their right to access abortion, whatever color they are. And to use that, to as you said, to vilify women, and to distract from the real problems that are plaguing Black people as a group is disingenuous at the best and downright evil at the worst.
Sunsara Taylor: Mm, I have to agree with you….”

Excerpt from: Revolution Interview: Dr. Willie Parker, Doctor at the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi

Sunsara Taylor: This is sort of encompassed in what you just spoke to, but I think maybe it would be helpful to surface it, and speak to it very explicitly. One of the charges the anti-abortion movement makes is that abortion is a form of genocide against Black people. To me, this is one of the most insidious, perverse, and outrageous accusations, given the actual history of this country’s genocidal program towards African-American people, and given the current policies of mass incarceration, mass criminalization, all of this that’s actually going on against Black people. But instead of targeting that, they vilify and demonize Black women, who, for all the reasons you described have the least access to healthcare, birth control, all of this, and—like all women—often choose to have abortions. To demonize them and criminalize them and shame them and scapegoat them for all of the horrors that are heaped down on Black people in this society, and to use that as a means to demonize abortion for all women, I think this is one of the most outrageous things. Yet, I think it has a lot of people confused, and so I wonder if there’s anything more that you want to say about that explicitly?

Willie Parker: Well I’ll say that as a human being that studied history and who knows the impact of the term genocide, but also as a person of color, as an African-American person who attempts to be a critical thinker, I am both appalled and offended that, for purposes that are not genuine in any way, anti-abortion forces will use the inflammatory language of comparing abortion to genocide. It’s offensive because it implies that Black women aren’t smart enough or thoughtful enough to make the tough decision to have an abortion. It revisits in a paradoxical way the control of Black women’s fertility and of their bodies. In slavery women were forced to breed. Now they’re being again forced to breed, or forced to bear children that they had no intention to bear. And to allege under some notion that there is a genuine interest in the well-being of either women in general or Black women in particular, or Black babies, that there is this interest that persuades them to try to block access to abortion while at the same time reducing access to education, housing, health care, food stamps, and the like, is hypocrisy of the highest order.

One of the most dangerous truths is a half truth. And while it doesn’t take much persuasion to indict the intentions of racially bigoted people in this country who hold power who try to defamate or do things to Black people as a group, it is not in any way relevant to the fact that women who become pregnant, no matter what their color, need access to abortion. The odious history of racism in this country does not justify the denying of women their right to access abortion, whatever color they are. And to use that, to as you said, to vilify women, and to distract from the real problems that are plaguing Black people as a group is disingenuous at the best and downright evil at the worst.

Sunsara Taylor: Mm, I have to agree with you….”

July 15th, 2014
stoppatriarchy
Comment from a funder on the Indigogo.com Crowd-funding Campaign: DONATE ~ even $10 will help to help Launch the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero:TEXAS!

"Pretty cool: $378 collected at Warped Tour music festival in Jones Beach NY on Sat. Festival draws 1000’s mostly high school & college age -an all-day lively and loud jam-packed scene. Reached out broadly to bring many more to the fight for Abortion on Demand & Without Apology, to wake people up to the abortion rights emergency and called on them to be part of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride Texas in different ways. Check out pics & read the story on StopPatriarchy.tumblr.com”

Comment from a funder on the Indigogo.com Crowd-funding Campaign: DONATE ~ even $10 will help to help Launch the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride 2014: Ground Zero:TEXAS!

"Pretty cool: $378 collected at Warped Tour music festival in Jones Beach NY on Sat. Festival draws 1000’s mostly high school & college age -an all-day lively and loud jam-packed scene. Reached out broadly to bring many more to the fight for Abortion on Demand & Without Apology, to wake people up to the abortion rights emergency and called on them to be part of the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride Texas in different ways. Check out pics & read the story on StopPatriarchy.tumblr.com”

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