Friday 21 March 2014

The Coat Hanger Symbol: Anti-Choice Victory

USian fetus fetishists have their shrieeeky panties in a major twist. (More than 1000 comments there, many with the word 'satan' and 'sick' in them.)

And more.

The fact that someone would wear a coat hanger as a display of support for abortion just shows that the culture of death knows no bounds.

The occasion is a thank-you gift from a DC charity that provides small grants to women needing abortions.

The brouhaha took the charity somewhat aback.

The coat hanger is a reminder of women’s suffering when abortion is placed out of reach. It is a promise from reproductive justice advocates to never go back to the grotesque world our anti-choice opponents are striving for: a world WITHOUT safe access to abortion, where women might have to resort to horrific alternatives like a coat hanger. That’s why our supporters love the pendants and wear them as a point of pride.

While we were surprised by the conservative media’s ignorance of the history of the coat hanger’s symbolism, we certainly welcome the spotlight on our efforts to help women.

In short: the coat hangers are not going anywhere, and neither are we.

These nimrods claim that the timing of the gift offering is a celebration of the anniversary of the trial of Gosnell, aka Fetus Fetishist Hero.

It's the fetus fetishists who should be celebrating. The coat hanger is the symbol of desperation, illegality, stigma, and needless suffering. All their doing.

Added by deBeauxOs: an archival blogpost here provides background on the history of the coat-hanger as a symbol of those days when desperate women without support or financial resources used illegal providers or self-aborted.


fern hill said...

Good addition, dBO. Every new generation needs to be reminded again.

Or maybe not, if this crop of misogynists have their way. We will again all know someone who's suffered or died from the inability to access safe, legal abortion.

Niles said...

Good to hear all the shrieking about Satan and Culture O Death, when the majority of them wear a symbol of torture murder as a sign of their Faith.

O but that's different...because the cross is a symbol of a omnipotent, omniscient god's suffering to save all of them from the same deity, that decided it needed to sacrifice itself to itself to stop it from torturing the rest of its creations, that it had already wiped out once and promised it never would again (by that specific method apparently)?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

That elephant coat hanger is a perfect symbol for the goopers.

Unknown said...

In Toledo back in the day a friend of women made these in support of a women's clinic which was firebombed.

I think most women (and good men) who remember when illegal was safe only if you had money. As more and more restrictions are passed, I'm concerned that that will be more true than not for today's women.

With the hanger ... you've got to be blunt to get the attention of those who are going to be affected. The coat hanger shaped like an elephant is really great.

BTW, elephants are great animals who care for each other. How can we keep elephants from being associated with people who don't give a rat's a** for others?

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