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.