April 20th, 2014
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"I know that I can’t take it for granted anymore" - A reflection by a participant in the April 11th & 12th Abortion Rights Emergency Actions

-from a young person, new to Stop Patriarchy

A few years ago I worked as a canvasser on behalf of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. I knew that providing women access to reproductive care and abortions was not only just, but also life-saving. Although I had these beliefs I was unaware of the severity of the restrictions and repression of access to birth control and to abortions. I was not fully aware of the insidious agenda being put forth by conservatives and the religious right. As I attend events and speak with people at Stop Patriarchy I am becoming more conscious of the lies and misinformation that galvanizes people to take action against abortion providers and pro-choice people. I have come to understand that this fight is not about children or babies, but rather an agenda that is focused on returning to a society before Roe V. Wade, and on solidifying archaic and detrimental gender roles.

Before the protest at St. Pat’s Cathedral, I went to the speak out at Advent Lutheran Church. I think that this is where my confidence was bolstered. It was amazing to be in the presence of a body of people who support access to abortion and to be involved in rhetoric of support and scientific truth. I met Bill Baird who is a fellow Long Islander and pro-choice activist whose efforts made birth control legal for single women. His dedication, along with hearing the stories of other’s dedication, reminded me that as a pro-choice feminist, I am not alone and that this work is incredibly important. As stories unfold in the media and unfolded during the speak out it became more and more evident that abortion rights are in a state of emergency. As a young person, I see that many of my peers take for granted these essential services, as I once have. I know that I can’t take it for granted anymore and that I must stand up for what’s right.

Protesting at St. Pat’s was an incredible experience for me. It was powerful to stand in silence with the photographs of the women, and men, who have been killed because of an anti-abortion agenda. Most antis speak about babies and children, and it was so poignant to see the truth staring people right in the face—when abortion is illegal, women die. This is the reality and this is what people NEED to see and know. In this age of technology we need outlets to disseminate truth, and it was a privilege to stand on behalf of those voices that have been silenced by violence, and bear truth, especially in front of an institution whose beliefs have encouraged a culture of hatred, lies, and violence. One woman who was shouting at us said, “I’m pro-choice, but this is an inappropriate place to do this.” And, I remember thinking about how I am so sick of people’s political correctness and their wanting to be polite—it is such a waste of time and it prevents access to truth, knowledge and genuine connection. I thought and still think that St. Pat’s is a perfectly good location because it is an institution that perpetuates a conservative backwards agenda. The atrocities that occur to women because they have not had and do not have access to this safe procedure needs to be known and seen! Her comment solidified my confidence in the protest and in our message.

It was getting hot and I was getting hungry and wanted to shout back at antis and this minimal discomfort reminded me of the struggle of women who live in states where only one clinic is left or where access to abortion and reproductive health is severely restricted. Where do they go? Who will support them (financially and emotionally)? I do not want to live in a country where women are dying because they do not want a child or a family, this is just ridiculous to me. The anti-abortion agenda is steeped in archaic views about family, religion and their role in society and to impose this on every person is also absolutely ridiculous. Women are full human beings, abortion is not murder, and fetuses are not babies! I think those words are so powerful and can be used to help shift our culture so that women are not stigmatized, so that abortion is not stigmatized and can be accessed, and so that women are seen as more than just breeders or property.

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!

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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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 14th, 2014
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The First Week in March 2014 & the Need to Act in April

March 3, in Kalispell, Montana: All Families Healthcare was forced to close indefinitely for repairs after being broken into and vandalized: smashed windows, and damaged and destroyed files, furniture, and equipment. The suspect in custody is the son of a board member of a local crisis pregnancy clinic. The vandalized clinic is one of only 4 abortion providers in the state. There have been 1490 reported acts of vandalism and 42 reported cases of arson against abortion clinics since 1997.

March 4, in Alabama: Alabama’s current restrictions on abortion include: parental consent, state-mandated “counseling” and ultrasounds, mandatory waiting periods (24 hours), and limited access to public funds for reproductive healthcare. In the first week of March, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a six-week “heartbeat ban,” a ban on abortion at six weeks, with no exception for rape or incest. Alabama is one of the poorest states in the nation, with 19 percent of women living below the poverty line. 

March 6, in Rio Grande, Texas: In the aftermath of the package of abortion restrictions passed in Texas last Fall, the last abortion clinic in the Rio Grande was closed on this day after being denied hospital admitting privileges recently mandated. The number of clinics operating in Texas (population: 26 million) has dropped from 44 in 2011 to 24, with 8 more expected to be closed in coming months as the final stages of this legislation go into action. Rio Grande Valley is the poorest region in the state of Texas, and houses two of the poorest cities in the nation.

This is one snapshot of what one week in the current climate of the war on women looks like, in the so-called “land of the free.”

Now is the time! Let’s sound the alarm and change the terms of debate with Emergency Response Actions April 11 & 12 and call many, many more people into the streets. The stakes are high. Reversing this war on women can’t be done by a small group of people or even hundreds. It requires millions, which means ALL OF US who FEEL THIS WAY must ACT ON IT. Start on April 11 & 12. There will be no savior from the Democratic Party. The future we get is up to us. If we act, we can win.

http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/current-mobilizations.html

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! 

March 8th, 2014
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come out TODAY! for International Women’s Day and show your support for abortion providers who risk their lives every day to provide one of the most basic and common of medical services for women! 1/3 women will have an abortion in her lifetime! Abortion providers truly are heroes!

http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/current-mobilizations.html

March 3rd, 2014
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STAND UP on March 8th for International Women’s Day!

March 8:    International Women’s Day
STAND UP - SPEAK OUT - PROTEST - MARCH!

  • Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!
  • End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women!
  • Fight for the Liberation of Women All Over the World!
Abortion rights are in a state of emergency! 203 new restrictions to abortion were passed in the last three years. Five states have only one abortion clinic left. Anti-woman bigots harass women at abortion clinics across the country. Ninety-seven percent of rural counties have no abortion providers. Upcoming court rulings threaten to close dozens more clinics nationwide. Forcing women to have children against their will is a form of enslavement!

Meanwhile, women are slammed backwards in every realm: from the mainstreaming of violent and degrading pornography to the global epidemic of rape, from a culture that celebrates pimping to the shaming of women who choose to have sex outside of marriage, and from the sexual enslavement of millions of women and girls in the sex industry to the widespread celebration of Pope Francis while he has changed nothing of church doctrine that enslaves and humiliates women and LGBT people.

Take to the streets this International Women’s Day. Through our public resistance we will expose the illegitimacy of this whole war on women and put the woman-haters on notice that we will not sit silently by. We will express our outrage and bring alive a culture of defiance and liberation. We will wake up and rally forth many thousands more, refusing to stop until we win.

The future of women is at stake. Which side are YOU on?
New York City
12 Noon: St. Patrick’s Cathedral 
[5th Ave. btw. 50-51st Streets]
12:30: March and protest against sites of the war on women
For info and to get involved:StopPatriarchy@gmail.com
San Francisco Bay Area
12 Noon: St. Mary’s Cathedral 
[Geary & Gough]
12:30: March and protest against sites of the war on women
For info and to get involved: 
StopPatriarchyBayArea@gmail.com
Chicago
12 Noon: Holy Name Cathedral
(Red Line, Chicago Stop) 
12:30: March and protest against sites of the war on women
For info and to get involved: 
ChicagoStopPatriarchy@yahoo.com
Seattle
1pm: Seattle Central Community College Plaza
[Broadway & Pine]
Speak out & March
For info and to get involved: 
StopPatriarchySeattle@fastmail.net
Los Angeles 
11 am: Adams & Figueroa.  Abortion on Demand & Without Apology!  Support the HER clinic and oppose the anti-abortionists.
2:30pm:  Hollywood and Vine train station.  March and protest at the sites of the war on women.
StopPatriarchyLosAngeles@gmail.com
Cleveland:
12 noon: Protest at Alternaterm—the FAKE women’s clinic in Cleveland Heights, 2026 Lee Rd. Bring signs, banners, drums, your friends!
March 3rd, 2014
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Stop Patriarchy is calling on YOU to Stand Up for women on International Women’s Day! THIS Saturday, March 8! Actions happening all over the country! Watch the video! Get excited! We’ll be out in the streets demanding an end to this war on women, calling for a culture of revolt against this revolting culture, and demanding Abortion ON Demand and Without Apology! 

What could be more important than being out on this day, standing up for women, and acting in unity with people all over the world?

January 29th, 2014
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Blaming the Victim will NEVER solve the problem! We Need to Tell The TRUTH because it Matters!

By Pete Ha

Do you believe “Abortion on demand and without apology” is too extreme? Do you agree with the statement but believe others could not? If so, think about who this applies to. Should SOME women have access to abortion and others cannot? Should SOME women apologize for their abortions? Would you allow someone EVER to blame themselves? Would you settle with their reasoning and validate their self-blame for WHATEVER this culture that degrades, subjugates, commodifies women has to say about women to continue these lies that women are incubators, abortion is murder, and fetuses are babies? NO, you would say “I can understand why you’re blaming yourself, but I have to say it’s not your fault. You’re not alone. 1 in 3 women have had an abortion and it’s not murder. There is NOTHING wrong with abortions. What your family or religion or culture dictates is not true at all. You are a beautiful human being capable of making your own decisions.” For those who do not want to have an abortion, they don’t have to. Abortion is a fundamental right for women, and no one has the right to shame or harass women for what they do with their bodies. We can ALL be a part of the LIBERATION GENERATION and say ABORTION ON DEMAND so anyone who wants or needs one can get one and WITHOUT APOLOGY so we can begin to no longer live in a culture that shames, blames, or forces HALF OF HUMANITY, that is, the female gender, to apologize for WHATEVER.
Sign the statement in support of Abortion on Demand!
http://www.stoppatriarchy.org/abortionondemandstatement.html
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