86 the coat hanger suggests abortion advocate

Cynthia R. Greenlee over at the RH Reality blog, a venue for radically pro-abortion ideology, thinks the abortion rights movement needs to move beyond the iconic coat hanger symbol.

The young activist for the legalization of child killing in the womb asks, “Beyond the Coat Hanger: What’s Next for Abortion Rights Iconography?”


“Since the invention and consumerization of the ultrasound, the fetus has taken center stage…” Greenlee writes of pro-lifers.

Abortion rights activists may have a harder job in creating a symbolic language. How do you convey the state of abortion access—legal but increasingly restricted—visually?” she states.

Greenlee seems rather concerned that the only symbol the abortion rights crowd uses consistently is the coat hanger, noting that younger activists do not have the same emotion toward that symbol.

As much I hate to admit it, the coat hanger doesn’t resonate with me or many other people my age or younger,” she says.

Coat Hanger images

For many in the reproductive rights movement, the coat hanger is more than a commonplace closet item. Activists use it to memorialize those girls and women who turned to unsafe abortions out of desperation when abortion was illegal. It transforms into shorthand for “Never again.”

Coat Hanger march-life-abortion

“Although the symbol resurfaces throughout the year, it becomes a frequent sight around the January anniversary of Roe v. Wade. As I saw coat hanger references earlier this year, I felt an odd dissonance. I knew what I was supposed to feel: outrage, sadness, and a renewed commitment to reproductive justice. Instead, though, I only felt unmoved and then unnerved. For me, and many others born after Roe, the fixation on coat hangers as the prevailing iconography of the reproductive rights movement excludes the possibility of alternatives that are more relevant to current struggles.”

Greenlee correctly points out that not all illegal abortions were unsafe,”as durable as the images of the coat hanger or dangerous back-alley procedure may be, not all illegal abortions were unsafe; many were performed by trained clinicians working outside the law,” she states.

CDC Illegal ABortion Deaths

Although the abortion lobby wants people to believe that illegal abortion killed millions of women, they do not have the stats to back up their claims. In fact, in the year prior to Roe a very small number of women died from illegal abortion.

Despite all their rhetoric, it is becoming more and more difficult to convince the American public that abortion is safe, when women are dropping dead from legal abortions.


The truth is that abortion pushers can’t 86 the coat hanger, because, as much as it was the tool they used to con the public into accepting abortion prior to Roe – it has remained a tool to keep abortion legal.

TN Death List

There is a growing list of women who are lying dead after believing the lie that legalizing abortion made it safe. The names of these pro-choice dead women haunt abortion supporters who refuse to acknowledge their tragic end.

Despite the fact that women are bleeding to death from legal abortion inside Planned Parenthood or are abused and butchered at the neighborhood abortion clinic with no emergency carts available Greenlee and her crowd are doomed to the coat hanger symbol as a diversion to the bloodshed that goes on today.

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