The DC Abortion Fund
, which advocates for a woman’s right to choose whether to terminate a pregnancy, was recently criticized for the pendants it gives away to donors. The pendants, in the shape of a coat hanger, purposely call back to a time before abortions were safe and legal.
Much of the outrage came from the fiercely conservative National Review Online
, which last week ran a brief story featuring a photo of the pendant.
There were far more comments (1,100+) than there were words in the actual story. Commenters called the pendant “disgusting and irresponsible.”
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The Abortion Fund’s response has been decidedly defiant. A statement from its president, Val Vilott
, reads, in part:
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 …
In short: the coat hangers are not going anywhere, and neither are we.
The hanger pendant first made an appearance in 2009, so it’s curious why, five years later, it’s suddenly a controversy.