[PHOTOS] Stop Patriarchy Protests Outside Harris County GOP Office

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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:

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Emma Steiner
Emma Steiner

i don't really expect a lot from houstonpress, but i would have thought an article about this group would have included some of the concerns a lot of local groups have about this gang of racist carpetbaggers. texansforrj.tumblr.com/letterofconcern

TexasForever
TexasForever

Stupid is as stupid does.

interesting that these women all want to kill more babies many of whom are children of color. Black and brown children. Seems a little racist to me.

bonhomme36
bonhomme36

They've got a picture up of Gerri Santoro, who died while having an illegal abortion. Semika Shaw was killed much more recently while having a legal abortion in Kermit Gosnell's appallingly awful clinic.  Pro-choice women like this oppose having abortion clinics subject to the same strict standards every other medical clinic must abide by.  Remember "safe, legal, and rare"?  Looks like the current crop just want legal, and don't care much about safe or rare anymore.

rasclot123
rasclot123

I wonder if these women will protest the Houston Press having escort/massage ads in their paper?  Basically supporting the sex traffic industry.

KHorn
KHorn

"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."  So, let me get this straight, our bodies ourselves unless you want to do porn then it's f**** you stupid bitch. 

ksnyder35
ksnyder35

@TexasForever They aren't babies.  And, it's the woman's body.  She has a right to do with it as she pleases.


ksnyder35
ksnyder35

@bonhomme36 Actually, the new laws proposed in TX supposedly for women's safety are an affront to women's safety:  Abortions are no more dangerous than a root canal.  It is for this reason that this new law is so hypocritical.

KHorn
KHorn

@bonhomme36  Hey come on omelets, eggs, get with the program.  The important thing is abortion, not actual women. I am pro choice, but there should be some limits, such as length of gestation.  I approach the matter with open eyes, fully aware of what I'm supporting, not the blind religious fervor of folks like this. Fetuses aren't babies?  Really?  Yeah, because every time a friend or co-worker shows me that early sonogram, they always say "Look, here's the first picture of our fetus."

KHorn
KHorn

Why am I not surprised.

ksnyder35
ksnyder35

@rasclot123 All the more reason to allow abortions so that these poor, unfortunate women are not forced to carry the unwanted babies of their imprisoned trade.

gagglerreflex
gagglerreflex

@rasclot123 

A woman who chooses to work in the sex industry is not the same as someone who is trafficked and enslaved. You obviously feel sex is dirty, and not in the healthy Woody Allen sense of dirty.

gagglerreflex
gagglerreflex

@KHorn @bonhomme36 

The women also tell kids that babies come from their belly buttons, so thankfully science doesn't rely on run of the mill, colloquial speech.

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