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DC Abortion Fund Defends Controversial Coat Hanger Pendants [POLL]
Newsone ^ | Mar 20, 2014 | Kirsten West Savali

Posted on 03/23/2014 4:15:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Val Vilott, president of the DC Abortion Fund, has responded to “ignorant” conservatives who have recently voiced outrage over the organization’s controversial coat hanger pendants.

Before the passage of Roe v Wade (1973), some women seeking illegal abortions resorted to terminating their own pregnancies with coat hangers.

While conservatives claim that reproductive rights advocates are insensitive and disgusting for making the horrors of illegal abortion a fashion statement, they apparently fail to realize that the policies they want to put in place may lead some women down that very path.

Vilott writes:

The coat hanger is a symbol of the reproductive justice movement because lack of access to abortion causes women to go to desperate lengths to terminate a pregnancy, similar to those undertaken in the pre-Roe vs Wade era. At that time, consuming Lysol and household poisons was not uncommon to instigate abortion. Nor was inserting knitting needles, Coke bottles, and – yes – wire coat hangers into their cervices.

It might make you cringe to imagine just how desperate one must be to go to these lengths. But we don’t have to imagine. We hear from women every day who are that desperate, with no one else to turn to. With our help, they access quality, safe abortion care – no wire coat hangers needed.

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.

Read Vilott’s full statement here.

In a 2008 New York Times op-ed, retired OB-GYN Dr. Waldo L. Fielding confirmed that the horror stories about illegal abortions are very real:

In my years in New York, several women arrived with a hanger still in place. Whoever put it in — perhaps the patient herself — found it trapped in the cervix and could not remove it. … However, not simply coat hangers were used.

Almost any implement you can imagine had been and was used to start an abortion — darning needles, crochet hooks, cut-glass salt shakers, soda bottles, sometimes intact, sometimes with the top broken off.

Another method that I did not encounter, but heard about from colleagues in other hospitals, was a soap solution forced through the cervical canal with a syringe. This could cause almost immediate death if a bubble in the solution entered a blood vessel and was transported to the heart.

The worst case I saw, and one I hope no one else will ever have to face, was that of a nurse who was admitted with what looked like a partly delivered umbilical cord. Yet as soon as we examined her, we realized that what we thought was the cord was in fact part of her intestine, which had been hooked and torn by whatever implement had been used in the abortion. It took six hours of surgery to remove the infected uterus and ovaries and repair the part of the bowel that was still functional.

While it is certainly uncomfortable to imagine the horrors that these women were forced to go through, perhaps conservatives should rethink their allegiance to polices that lead to coat hangers being used.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: coathangers; feminazism; mythmaking; revisionisthistory; thebiglie; waronchildren; waronwomenmeme

1 posted on 03/23/2014 4:15:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Perhaps they could wear aborted fetuses around their necks. That should illustrate it better to their supporters and the public at large.


2 posted on 03/23/2014 4:18:42 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: nickcarraway
I disagree....It was a big deal years ago to have an illegitimate child. Now, it's no big deal.

Abortion has become a birth control method. Disgusting.

3 posted on 03/23/2014 4:19:43 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: headstamp 2

No, it’s a painful reminder of reality for some women. 31.25%

No, trying to overturn Roe v. Wade is in bad taste. 28.91%

Yes. I get the point. But abortion is a painful topic, not a fashion statement. 20.31%

Absolutely, it’s disgusting! 19.53%


4 posted on 03/23/2014 4:24:15 PM PDT by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416,Feisty Old Vet !!)
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To: headstamp 2

How PROUD these beotches must be to advertise the fact that they can, have and WILL kill their offspring in a much more HUMANE and EFFICIENT manner!

Look for FLOTUS to be sportin’ one any day now. *SPIT*


5 posted on 03/23/2014 4:25:04 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: headstamp 2

But seriously, and with coat ganders through their little heads. Their message is, if you don’t keep abortion legal, we’ll kill them with coathangers.

To stop this crass campaign and spread some truth at the same time, put up some photos

Forget it, too easy


6 posted on 03/23/2014 4:29:57 PM PDT by stanne
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To: nickcarraway

Pro-lifers should take to wearing a pair of scissors on a necklace to represent the deadly instruments used to puncture the skulls of babies sometimes heard screaming as they are killed in late term abortions.


7 posted on 03/23/2014 4:30:17 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: nickcarraway
I wish anyone who would wear this pendant had a mother who was as big a believer in abortion. This issue would quickly solve itself.

People only think about themselves now days and buy into that lie that a fetus isn't a baby so they can sleep at night after aborting their child.

May God have mercy on us.

8 posted on 03/23/2014 4:32:15 PM PDT by Newbomb Turk (Hey Newbomb, where's your brothers ElCamino ?)
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To: nickcarraway

“...the policies they want to put in place may lead some women down that very path.”

Utter rot. 90% illegal abortions were preformed by doctors in offices before ROE vs. WADE.


9 posted on 03/23/2014 4:33:17 PM PDT by Politicalkiddo (The more helpless the victim, the more hideous the assault.)
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To: Sacajaweau

>Abortion has become a birth control method.

I think that’s one of the big arguments to make contraception convenient, easy to obtain and cost next to nothing.

Preventing unwanted pregnancies is certainly preferable to abortion.


10 posted on 03/23/2014 4:34:11 PM PDT by soycd
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To: nickcarraway
The coat hanger is a symbol of the reproductive justice movement...

Yes, actually, it is. But, to quote Inigo Montoya, I don't think it means what they think it means.

11 posted on 03/23/2014 4:34:29 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: nickcarraway

Murder. That is what it is, murder of an innocent baby. I don’t see those that would do this sort of thing as desperate so much as disturbed. Disturbed people do commit murder in many ways, but to sanction it? So do they glorify those that murder others? How about necklaces with different things used to murder people as a reminder that we don’t have a law that it is ok to murder people so they have to do it in horrific ways?


12 posted on 03/23/2014 4:37:50 PM PDT by Tammy8
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To: nickcarraway
Mommy Dearest photo: mommy dearest MommyDearest.jpg DC Abortion Fund Defends Controversial Coat Hanger Pendants
13 posted on 03/23/2014 4:37:58 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: nickcarraway
Does the woman have to use a wire coathanger or do the plastic ones work just as well? (Keep your legs closed. You wouldn't need a coat hanger)

FMCDH(BITS)

14 posted on 03/23/2014 5:04:47 PM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: nickcarraway

i think we need to ban coat hangars. with the same zeal the left has to ban law-abiding citizens’ guns.

the gal’s statement also shows that if abortion is banned she believes her own leftists will continue to seek and do illegal abortions. even more reason to ban coat hangars.


15 posted on 03/23/2014 5:08:58 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: nickcarraway

Just disgusting, and serves to perpetuate the myth peddled by radical feminists that thousands of women were dying from self-induced and ‘back alley’ abortions, and that they HAD to have legal and ‘safe’ abortion.


16 posted on 03/23/2014 5:16:56 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: nickcarraway
good, let them mark themselves as something to avoid at all costs... fore warned is forearmed
17 posted on 03/23/2014 5:23:26 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: soycd

fine....buy your own contraceptives. Why should I pay for any part of it.


18 posted on 03/23/2014 5:24:12 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: nickcarraway

Val Vilott, president of the DC Abortion Fund, has responded to “ignorant” conservatives who have recently voiced outrage over the organization’s controversial coat hanger pendants

As a human being. One that was born and then adopted instead of being killed, I think you and you pendant are the ones that are ignorant.......


19 posted on 03/23/2014 5:29:50 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: nickcarraway

Just become homosexuals, then you don’t need coat hangers or anything. Have sex day and night, no pregnancies. Well you might need treatment for STD’s or AIDS.


20 posted on 03/23/2014 5:50:36 PM PDT by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: stanne

“Their message is, if you don’t keep abortion legal, we’ll kill them with coathangers.”


A women truly intent on murdering her own unborn child cares not about laws, or the manner in which she will achieve such an atrocity.

We should pray to God to change the hearts of these women who ever consider doing this to their child.

Psalm 127:3-5
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.


21 posted on 03/23/2014 9:07:02 PM PDT by ourworldawry
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfChDxrz4Ow


22 posted on 03/23/2014 9:27:49 PM PDT by magna carta
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To: ourworldawry

The women are very often victims of this too. Pressure, denial

It’s a great hoax.

A lot of depressed, guilt ridden and drugged people out there


23 posted on 03/23/2014 9:33:10 PM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne

“The women are very often victims of this too. Pressure, denial

It’s a great hoax.

A lot of depressed, guilt ridden and drugged people out there”


According to God, we are without excuse. We are all equal prey to the devil. He, is the great hoax. Satan would much rather see the slow, agonizing destruction of God’s creation. This, we must resist. And we must pray for those caught up in darkness.

Romans 1:20
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.


24 posted on 03/23/2014 9:47:25 PM PDT by ourworldawry
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To: ourworldawry

“And we must pray for those caught up in darkness.”

You caught my meaning


25 posted on 03/23/2014 10:00:46 PM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne

“You caught my meaning”


Praise God. Now, all we have to do is get those who have not, caught up. :)


26 posted on 03/23/2014 11:06:46 PM PDT by ourworldawry
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