This image is one of the most powerful pro-choice images I’ve ever seen. When I saw it in the newspaper I immediately cut it out and hung it on my wall.
This is not my image. I’m using it with permission from Arthur Newspaper.
The sad part is a lot of people don’t even understand what the hanger represents. Awful.
TW blood, gore, surgery, I’m really bad at trigger warnings so proceed with caution if you’re squeamish
"The familiar symbol of illegal abortion is the infamous “coat hanger” — which may be the symbol, but is in no way a myth. 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."
That quote is from a doctor who was around pre Roe v Wade and had first hand encounters with women who had illegal abortions. Here is the link to the article.
I think it’s important to know what we can go back to if restrictions on legal abortions become wide spread. Because Roe v Wade was not the beginning of abortions, it was the end of women dying from illegal abortions.