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November 22nd, 2013
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November 20th, 2013
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Statement from Sunsara Taylor on November 20, 2013

Congratulations are in order for all who raised their voices, donated money, and went into the streets to defeat the outrageous proposed 20-week ban on abortions in Albuquerque yesterday!  This is a win not only for the women of Albuquerque, or even just for the women of New Mexico.  Your work has won a victory for women, and the men and others who value women’s freedom, all over the country as two out of only four doctors in the country who provide late-term abortions practice in Albuquerque.

On the same day, however, the Supreme Court allowed to stand a ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court in New Orleans which forced as many as 15 clinics to close altogether or to stop providing abortions to women who need them throughout Texas while the legal challenges to a completely bogus law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals works its way through the courts.

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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 14th, 2013
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Abortion RIGHTS: Stop avoiding it & start demanding it!

From Albuquerque, Day One…

by a member of Stop Patriarchy

Stop Patriarchy was welcomed warmly by local activists that have done a lot of work to fight for abortion rights, on a scientific and pro-woman basis, and to argue for an unapologetic stance in doing so.  We are uniting with these courageous and tireless folks throughout the week to change minds, break boundaries, and rally all those who support abortion rights to stand together in defiant opposition to this ban and the anti-abortion movement that would like to see a society-wide return to the dark ages, stand together in uncompromising support of abortion rights, and stand together in determination to see this world transformed into one where women are truly liberated.

Beyond these deeply determined circles, there seemed to me at first to be a bit of abortion fatigue in Albuquerque.  The last time Stop Patriarchy was here was in August on the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride, launching a nation-wide movement to end the attacks on abortion, changing the terms of the debate, and rallying others to stop relying on the Democrats for fundamental gains against this war on women.  At that time, Operation Rescue, an anti-abortion organization with a whole fascist agenda and sordid history of instigating violence against abortion providers, had just come through the town in a rampage.  In response, Personhood for Women organized a rally in which many people spoke out against those terror tactics, and to the need for abortion — yes, past 20-weeks, and at any point in her pregnancy.  Since then there has been a lot of advertising from both the “for” side and “against”… Watching TV for ten minutes, you see a commercial for and a commercial against the 20-week ban on abortion that residents will vote on next week, in this flashpoint of the attacks on abortion rights, the hometown of the practice of two out of only four late term abortion providers in the nation.  Walking through the halls of the student union at University of New Mexico you can see the fliers for both sides, one after the other after the other.  

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November 10th, 2013
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Five Things Everyone Should Know About Albuquerque’s Proposed Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy

by Sunsara Taylor [to be posted at www.revcom.us 11/11/13]

On November 19, people in the city of Albuquerque will vote on whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  The very fact that a fundamental right of women – the right to abortion at whatever point in her pregnancy and for whatever reason she decides – can be put up for a vote is entirely illegitimate and reveals something profoundly wrong with the system that rules over us.  It is yet another indication as to why the courts and the official political process in this country cannot be relied upon to protect the rights of women, or of any other oppressed group.  This is why StopPatriarchy.org is traveling down to Albuquerque and calling on others nationwide to support in joining with people locally to defeat this proposed ban.  The following are five things that everyone should know about the proposed ban on abortions after 20 weeks in Albuquerque:

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November 6th, 2013
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In this #AbortionRightsEmergency … what will you do?  Sit on the sidelines?  Hypothesize & criticize?  Bury your head in the sand?  Rely on the official political process which has buckled under the force of the anti-abortion movement?  Or stand up, expose and oppose their illegitimacy, and fight unapologetically for abortion rights?!  TODAY would not be a minute too soon.  

http://igg.me/at/abortionrightsemergency

November 1st, 2013
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We Condemn the New Federal Ruling Which Will Immediately Shut Down Abortion Care at Many Clinics in Texas We Appeal to All Who Care for Women: We Must Resist Now!

A statement issued by Sunsara Taylor, on behalf of StopPatriarchy.org, November 1st, 2013

StopPatriarchy.org condemns in the strongest possible terms the outrageous ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on October 31st which will have the effect of immediately closing down abortion services at as many as 13 clinics throughout Texas! That this ruling came just three days after a federal judge had blocked the implementation of a new Texas law that would require abortion doctors to have arrangements to admit patients with local hospitals shows how extreme and intense the fight is right now over the direction of abortion rights – and the lives of women – throughout this country.

Everyone who cares about the lives and futures of women must make their outrage heard and their resistance seen throughout this country. We must stand against this outrageous assault on the fundamental rights of women in Texas and this escalation in the national war on women.

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October 28th, 2013
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month but a month, a day — THIS HOUR — should be more than just that!

By Pete H.

The first time I realized how badly women are beaten, I didn’t know what to do. I had known about it and saw the violence in my home, but I didn’t think it was that important or that bad. What was the big deal? Everyone gets beat up. After all, I believed, why dwell on household violence when there is war? I felt helpless when I heard the stories from women who suffered intimate partner violence. I couldn’t ignore it. Not only were women beaten, they were put down verbally, emotionally and psychologically, which they said was worse than being beaten physically. How could this happen? And how could people not know about it or even talk about it? I studied as much as I could. I became obsessed with “violence against women” as an issue. I took excessive notes on napkins and scrap paper about my thinking about it, about what other people said about it. I sought intervention and I even took notes there. I read many articles about patriarchal violence, read bell hooks and Paul Kivel. Domestic violence has to be done away with! I tried riling people up, to wake up and take action!

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October 23rd, 2013
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September 6th, 2013
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Vice Magazine Interview with Sunsara Taylor: The Abortion Freedom Riders

By Natalie Elliott

There’s no disputing that here in the US there seems to be some kind of state-level legislative epidemic hellbent on condemning female reproductive rights for ever more. Never mind the explosive support of Texas Senator Wendy Davis during her abortion-bill filibuster earlier this summer—Governor Rick Perry saw that the bill passed in the bat of an eye in an instantaneously appointed special session. A couple states away, in North Dakota, recent legislation aimed to prohibit abortions after six weeks but was paused by a last-minute injunction granted on July 31, mere hours before the new laws were set to take effect. Not that it matters much anyway: There’s only one remaining abortion clinic in the entire state. Meanwhile, Arkansas has instituted its own ban on abortions after twelve-weeks.

So it sucks, but what are you doing about it? 

Read the interview…

August 20th, 2013
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No room for compromise: There IS a WAR ON WOMEN

Albuquerque is the only city in all of New Mexico that provides abortions.  Doctors there comprise two of the four in the nation that will still openly provide later term abortion to women who need them, since Dr. Tiller was murdered.

In the last year, Operation Rescue has moved their “missionaries” out to ABQ, and they have successfully put a 20-week abortion ban on the ballot for October 8th.  Last week, they imported OpRescue fascists from over the country and laid siege to this city.

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