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27 January 2006 @ 11:48 am
Ban the Coathanger  
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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.

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The code for the images is
for the white button:
<a href="http://delicarose.livejournal.com/361780.html" target="blank"><img src="http://shala.addr.com/buttons/ban_the_coathanger_button.gif" alt="ban the coathanger" border="0"></a>
for the black one
<a href="http://delicarose.livejournal.com/361780.html" target="blank"><img src="http://shala.addr.com/buttons/ban_the_coathanger_button2.gif" alt="ban the coathanger" border="0"></a>
for the tiny buttons,
<a href="http://delicarose.livejournal.com/361780.html" target="blank"><img src="http://shala.addr.com/buttons/ban_the_coathanger_tiny.gif" alt="ban the coathanger" border="0"></a>
<a href="http://delicarose.livejournal.com/361780.html" target="blank"><img src="http://shala.addr.com/buttons/ban_the_coathanger_tiny2.gif" alt="ban the coathanger" border="0"></a>

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.
Feeling: nostalgicnostalgic
got_any_whatgot_any_what on January 27th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
I was at a counter-rally once, and a couple teenagers from the anti-choice rally crossed the street and tried to block our signs with theirs. One sign was a picture of a wire hanger and the words "Never Again." One of the young women asked, "What does that mean?"
I was pretty stunned, because you'd think someone willing to spend their Sunday afternoon standing on the street with a sign (and willing to engage in confrontation) would have heard one of the biggest arguments against criminalizing abortion by then. I was glad to be able to share the infomation with her; maybe it's wishful thinking but she looked a little shocked and rather thoughtful after I explained it. I hope it made a positive impact.
lit_melissa on January 28th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
not that i really need to say this...but your mom was really wonderful.