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Abortion On Demand and Without Apology: Lina Thorne & Mars Coulton At Bughouse Square Debates, Chicago

 From World Can’t Wait, Chicago

Bughouse Square in downtown Chicago has an almost 100-year history of passionate debate over issues that matter, cut short during the anti-communism of 1950s McCarthyism but revived by Studs Terkel in the 1980s. This year, Lina Thorne, Chicago Chapter of the World Can't Wait and one of 45 million women in this country who have had abortions, and Mars Coulton, poetry slam escapee and reliable troublemaker against the system, took the soapbox to argue for "Abortion on Demand & Without Apology" and won first prize in the annual Bughouse Square Debate.

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Abortion defender brutally attacked at Women's Clinic

 Take Action in Akron- Saturday, August 1 

Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!
 
This leaflet is from Revolution Books, Cleveland
 
Every Saturday morning at the Akron Women's Medical Group, a brave core of people put their bodies on the line to defend women and the right to abortion. They confront groups of loud and obnoxious anti-abortion protestors, and the intensity of these confrontations have escallated since the killing of Dr. George Tiller. In fact, a number of the anti-abortion protestors in Akron proudly declare that they think it was great that Dr. Tiller got killed, that "he got what he deserved!"
 
So on Saturday, July 18, a new level of threat and violence occured. The anti-abortion protesters were getting right in the face of the clinic defenders, yelling at them,and waving around their phony bloody fetus posters. Charles Wright, a long time women's rights advocate, was getting pushed back by one of the anti's, a very large man who arrived at the scene on a motorcyle, and before anyone knew it, he hit Charles...hard...on the side of the head and he crashed to the ground! He lay in and out of consciousness for about 15 minutes, waiting for an ambulance. In the meantime, the doctor from the clinic came outside and tried to assist. Charles was eventually placed in the Intensive Care Unit of Akron City Hospital, where it was discovered that he had suffered 6 broken ribs! He is in intense pain, and can barely move or sleep.
 

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Chicago: Abortion on Demand and Without Apology!

 

by Katlyn Tracy:

On Saturday, July 11, World Can’t Wait counter-protested the Pro-Life Action League (PLAL), a Chicago based anti-choice group of religious zealots who aim to dismantle the rights of women to control their bodies and futures.  Under the guise of love and humanity, PLAL flooded the streets with gory images of fetuses meant to emotionally manipulate the public into believing their disgusting message.  Because PLAL wishes to limit our freedoms concerning privacy and bodily autonomy, World Can’t Wait knows they must not go unopposed.  We faced them in the streets with a message of our own, as we approached them with our own sign, stating, “Abortion on demand and without apology!” We also emphasized the importance of opposing groups such as PLAL, saying, “Life begins when you stand up to Christian fascists!  Gay marriage now!  Defend Abortion rights!”  We placed ourselves and our banners in the center of their flock, making our fearless opposition known to all.

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Who Will Fill the Need Now that the Abortion Murders Have Resumed?

by Debra Sweet

When I called Dr. George Tiller a hero last week for saving women’s lives, I began to receive messages that greatly deepened my understanding of why, before he was assassinated on May 31, his practice was so critical to the lives of all women. A man from Wichita wrote:
 
“I knew Dr. Tiller. He was pretty much a hero. He saw my girlfriend when no other doctors would because she couldn’t pay right then. She had gotten real sick and couldn’t understand why. She was 'just' the bass player in our band at the time and broke. She did finally see Dr. Tiller and he found she had a tubal pregnancy and the fetus was dead or almost. If she hadn’t gotten to him, she definitely would’ve gotten sicker and maybe died. She had the 'abortion' and was protested the entire time by those good folks in Wichita. They also found while performing the surgery that she had 'pre-cancerous' lesions. They caught those in time and she had cryogenic surgery a few weeks later. No problem after that and is still cancer free 25 years later. People aren’t told about the good work he did. He saw a need and filled it.”
 
Now that Dr. Tiller is gone and his family has closed his clinic permanently, who will fill that need?
 
We have a hell of a challenge before us. For women, the Bush years were a disaster of faith-based abstinence-only education and punitive cuts in access to reproductive care. Abortion and birth control, because of state restrictions and relentless hounding by those against abortion, are less accessible than at any time since 1973. But rates of unintended pregnancy among teenagers are going up. Planned Parenthood clinics are reporting a surge in demand for birth control and abortion, given growing rates of unemployment. The reality is that women are being increasingly forced to bear the children of unintended pregnancies. To paraphrase what World Can’t Wait’s Call to drive out the Bush regime said in 2005, “Your government is still moving to deny women the right to birth control and abortion.”
 

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On Dr. Tiller's Death: “Common Ground” Is a Deadly Illusion; Abortion On Demand and Without Apology!

By Sunsara Taylor 

Below, Sunsara speaks at a tribute/protest rally June 1 in New York City, where people gathered to speak their rage at Dr. George Tiller's assassination on May 31 in Wichita, KS. 

Photos and more photos of the rally

The killing of Dr. George Tiller, the courageous abortion provider from Kansas, has thrown down a moral and a practical challenge to every human being in this country.

History has been punctuated. The future will pivot one way or the other depending on what we do.

Either this killing will succeed in creating a climate where abortion providers cannot do their work and no one else joins them in that work, or it will be answered by growing numbers of people waking up, coming off the sidelines, defending our doctors and our clinics, and reversing the whole dynamic that has led to this situation where not only abortion, but birth control too, is imperiled.

Between these two possibilities, there really is no lasting neutral “middle ground.”

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Bible Used to Justify Dr. Tiller's Murder

 

By Larry Jones

"The murder of Dr. [George] Tiller is an affront to every moral system imaginable,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Yet anti-choice ideologues say the bible justifies what normal people call a MONSTROUS CRIME. Even if it did, in my opinion, the bible is not some infallible writing from a non-existent god and should not be our guide for morality.

Yet, Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, piously proclaims that "George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God.” This wingnut has turned grieving into an attack on an heroic doctor whose life was dedicated to giving good medical care to women.

Scott Roeder is the man whom authorities think shot Tiller and whom they arrested in Merriam, Kansas. He was once a subscriber and occasional contributor to a newsletter, Prayer and Action News, said Dave Leach, an anti-abortion activist who runs the newsletter. Mr. Leach said that he had met Roeder once, and that Roeder had described
similar views to his own on abortion.

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Who Will Take His Place?

By Rosemary Candelario, member World Can’t Wait Advisory Board

I turned on the computer this morning intending to write a breezy post on Facebook about my partner having begun the 545 mile San Francisco to Los Angeles AIDS LifeCycle ride. Instead I was greeted by the horrible, devastating news that Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider in Wichita, Kansas, had been murdered while serving as an usher at his church.

Eyes blurred with tears, hands shaking, I entered this status on my Facebook page:

Angry and devastated at the murder of Dr. George Tiller today in Wichita. I'm looking now at a t-shirt he gave me that says "We can do it! Team Tiller." It encompasses his and his incredible staff's dedication, persistence in the face of constant harassment and violence, and complete belief in compassionately being there for women who needed his late-term abortion services. He will be desperately missed.

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Killing of Dr. Tiller: What Seeking Common Ground Gets Us

By Jill McLaughlin  

 
I've just learned the news of the cold blooded killing of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas City. He was one of the very few doctors in the country to perform late term abortions He was shot at his church this morning.
 
While I'm sickened by this, I'm not surprised. Why am I not surprised, you may ask? Well, I'm not surprised because this is what happens from seeking common ground with those who do not want common ground with you. Our President has talked about common ground throughout his campaign and up to his controversial appearance at Notre Dame. Sunsara Taylor has spoken at length about the deadly illusion that somehow there is common ground to be had and puts that question of whether we should even seek common ground with Christian fascists on trial.
 
The “pro-life” crowd, as they like to call themselves, have no respect for life or reality as it is. The reality is that a fetus is not a person. The reality is that women are not the property of men, nor are their bodies nor are they the property of any god that these men and women believe in. They do not respect women in the least if they continually insist that somehow it's their duty to determine what a woman does with her body. 

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Protestor at 'Walk for Life' in San Francisco

 

San Francisco Protester
 
San Francisco woman among hundreds who came out to
oppose the anti-abortion, anti-woman, and deceitfully named
“Walk for Life” in San Francisco.

[Photo Credit: Michael Macor / The Chronicle]

 

Bush Regime Issues Attacks on Women’s Rights through “Protection Rule”

 

By Kenneth J. Theisen
 
For those who believe the Bush administration is beyond its ability to inflict damage, a recent federal regulation refutes the argument. On December 18, 2008, in a gift to Christian fascists and their other die-hard supporters, the Bush regime launched a misogynistic (woman hating) attack on health care access rights of women. It further attacked the reproductive rights of women as it has been doing the last seven plus years.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final 127-page rule that will go into effect on January 20, 2009, Bush’s last day in office. The new federal regulation cuts off federal funding for any state or local government, hospital, health plan, clinic or other entity that does not allow doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other employees to refuse to participate in care they find ethically, morally or religiously objectionable. The regulation, supported by the far-right, will create obstacles to the provision of health services such as abortion, family planning, infertility treatment, and even end-of-life care. It will also interfere with scientific research involving these areas and others. (In the words of the rule, "These laws are intended to protect the conscience rights of all individuals participating in health care services, and research programs.")
 

 

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Sarah Palin Dangers Analyzed by Women Who Write on Religious Right

By Cyn Cooper

What is the meaning of the ascension of Sarah Palin within the patriarchial world of Christian fundamentalism?

Kathryn Joyce, Esther Kaplan and Sunsara Taylor, all writers on Christian fundamentalism, were part of a panel discussion in New York on October 20, sponsored by On The Issues Magazine , a progressive and feminist publication now online, and The World Can't Wait-Drive Out the Bush Regime.

Their important and insightful comments, excerpted in On The Issues Magazine, are below.

Kathryn Joyce, author of Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement, said:
"Since the moment Palin was announced as McCain's running mate, conservative organizations have been hailing her as "our kind of woman," a "real woman," and the vanguard of "a new women's movement." Obviously, it's not entirely new, after more than twenty years of grassroots antifeminist activity. But Palin's nomination did serve as a sort of coming-out party for a movement that conservatives know has been growing for decades.

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