When I was a teenager, I had a denim jacket covered with buttons that meant something to me. One was of Ronald Reagan at the pulpit and said "Praise the Lord and damn the Constitution", a few equal rights buttons, one that just simply had --¢ (I forget the number), it was how many cents on the dollar most women made compared to men.
The button that caused the most questions was one my mother gave to me. It was simply a coathanger crossed out. A simple statement that caused question.
The point of the button was that desperate women will have abortions. If they can find them legally and easily, they will do it themselves, they will have it done. It won't be safe, and it will kill young women. Coathangers, knitting needles, delibrately falling, intaking large amounts of various things to try to cause a miscarriage were all ways that women have and do try, and a lot of them die of it.
I told R about that button, and she suggested I make one for blogs. So I did. It's not fancy. Just a basic button. But if you want it, it's here.
For more information, go to Planned Parenthood
For an extreme view on some pro-lifers politics, Fred Wallace, a pro-choice activist, put together an interesting set of links.
The code for the images is
for the white button:
for the black one
for the tiny buttons,
The images can be relinked to Planned Parenthood. The code as it is, links back to this entry.
It's a fitting way to remember my mother. Someone who would give that button to a 13 year old girl, and explain it to her so she could explain it to other people when they asked.