Changing the Terms
Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!
Forced Motherhood is Female Enslavement!
Abortion Providers are Heroes!
Fetuses are NOT babies.
Abortion is NOT murder.
Women are NOT incubators!
AUSTIN: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
AUSTIN: FEDERAL COURTHOUSE
August 27, 2014
"Throughout the Week of Defiance and as we awaited the result of HB2 in Texas, it was still the case that most people did not even know that this law was scheduled to shut down all but 6 abortion clinics in the state. It is still the case that people think this is just a question of opinion, meanwhile this right is being stripped away, and affecting real women every single day... 5 Abortion Rights Freedom Riders, including intiator of Stop Patriarchy, Sunsara Taylor, were singled out and arrested when they joined with dozens of others in protesting the impending closure of abortion clinics in Texas, on the first official day of classes outside of UT Austin. Thousands of students gathered as the freedom riders blocked traffic for over half an hour. About a dozen people joined in the action on the spot, incredibly inspired by what was happening. Hundreds took videos and photos, and watched on in awe." Read more
August 4, 2014
The anti-abortion legislation HB2, passed in Texas in 2013, banned abortion at 20 weeks, greatly restricted legal use of the abortion pill, and mandated two medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion clinics with the sole purpose of shutting them down: "hospital admitting privileges" and "ambulatory surgical center" requirements. By August 2014 all of these were in effect except the ASC requirements. Whole Women's Health, along with other heroic abortion providers and advocates, brought a challenge to this section of HB2 to prevent the closure of dozens of clinics and the disaster that would mean for women. August 4 at the Austin Federal Courthouse was the first day of these hearings, and hundreds of anti-abortion forces gathered to "pray to end abortion." Stop Patriarchy disrupted their rally, challenged their dark ages shamefest, and returned to the courthouse every day of the hearings, to support the providers, oppose HB2, and reach out to those passing by to join this fight.
Why coat hangers?
The coat hanger is a symbol of terror and enslavement of women. Before abortion was made legal, many women sought illegal abortions or tried aborting the fetus themselves, often using coat hangers to induce bleeding, and often these women died. The coat hanger became a symbol in the battle to win the right to abortion, and is still iconic of what the lack of this right means for women. Before Roe v. Wade, as many as 5,000 or more women died each year from botched illegal abortions. Countless thousands more were injured or traumatized by the humiliating and dangerous experience of back-alley abortions. Even greater numbers of women had their lives foreclosed by being forced to have a child they did not want or could not care for. All women lived with the constant knowledge that this could be their fate.
If you do not want to see women returned to the status of breeders and property of men, if you do not want to see the emergency rooms flooded once again by women hemorrhaging and possibly dying from illegal abortions, if you do not want to see millions of women's lives foreclosed, NOW IS THE TIME TO STEP FORWARD TO FIGHT.
From Emergency in Texas! Join with the Abortion Rights Freedom Ride
by Sunsara Taylor
Dr. Jen Gunter's
Anatomy of a coat hanger abortion
Anatomy of an unsafe abortion
Dr. Jen Gunter is an OB/GYN and author.
Rebecca J. Rosen's
Consider the Coat Hanger
Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic.
The Rise of the DIY Abortion in Texas
Erica Hellerstein is a freelance writer.
Below are the names, faces, and stories of some of the many women who have died from being denied abortion rights and access, as well as signs with statistics on the abortion rights emergency we face. We hope that many others take up this truth, this unapologetic resistance, and this fight, with an urgency that reflects how dire the situation for women has become.