The Right’s Fight for Women: On the “Pro-Woman” Trappings of Today’s Anti-Abortion Movement

Every month, the Archdiocese of New York leads a procession of right-wing anti-abortion activists to a local Planned Parenthood to harass and intimidate patients, and every time, they are met by a counterprotest blockade organized by NYC for Abortion Rights clinic defenders. It’s a spectacle that often mystifies onlookers: a thicket of clergy wielding Christ … Read more

Statement on 12/3/22 Clinic Defense

On December 3, 2022, the NYPD arrested seven clinic defenders, continuing a pattern of heightened aggression against abortion rights activists that began with the arrest of two NYCFAR members during an August 2021 clinic defense. In August 2022, the NYPD’s violent Strategic Response Group arrested six clinic defenders. In November 2022, they arrested two more. The NYPD, and … Read more

Statement on 8/6/22 Clinic Defense and Arrests

On Saturday, August 6, 2022, NYC for Abortion Rights showed up to the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral for our monthly clinic defense. Over 100 people joined us to picket the church, which hosts the anti-abortion group Witness for Life. The group’s leader, Fidelis Moscinski, is currently serving up to 90 days in jail … Read more

Viva Ruíz Wants to Thank God For Abortion

“We’re the abortion kiki. Everyone is invited,” says Viva Ruíz, the NYC nightlife icon and founder of the queer collective activism initiative Thank God For Abortion. To help educate us on her mission, Ruiz sat down with a leading member of NYC For Abortion Rights, to discuss the importance of including religion in the fight … Read more

How One Abortion Rights Group Protects Soho’s Only Abortion Clinic

Early one Saturday morning in July, a crowd begins to gather on the corner of Mott and Prince. Nearby stands the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, a neighborhood landmark that has recently become a local flashpoint in the battle for abortion rights. Inside the church, more than 100 members of the Archdiocese of New … Read more