[PHOTOS] Stop Patriarchy Protests Outside Harris County GOP Office
Photos by Aaron Reiss
If the War Against Women is a national battle, Texas is ground zero.
That's according to Sunsara Taylor, a leader of Stop Patriarchy, a movement that is attempting end to the enslavement and degradation of women -- notably when it comes to the right to an abortion and the production of pornography.
"Roe v. Wade began in Texas, and the (pro-life constituency) plan(s) on ending it in Texas," Taylor said. "We came here to stand up against that."
Thursday, Stop Patriarchy held the first protest of its 2014 abortion rights freedom ride, outside the Harris County Republican Party Offices. Protesters chanted, "fetuses are not babies," "abortion is not murder" and "women are not incubators." They also held up faux-bloodied coat hangers and held photos of women who died from illegal abortions, an homage to the commonality of the practice during the early 20th century.
Taylor said that, under the guidance of Texas's Republican Party, women could be forced back to the practices of those dangerous days to deal with unwanted pregnancies. On Sept. 1, as part of legislation under Texas House Bill 2, there are projected to be six abortion clinics in the state.
Stop Patriarchy will make other stops in Austin, San Antonio and Rio Grande Valley as part of its crowdfunded trip until Aug. 21. Here are photos from the movement's protest Thursday:
Sunsara Taylor is one of Stop Patriarchy's leaders.
Stop Patriarchy wants abortion on demand, without apology.
This is as straightforward as "bloody coat hanger" is going to get.