To Anti-Abortion Pols, Berkeley Sends Hangers

Lefty Calif. city aims to remind of pre-Roe v. Wade times
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2009 8:32 PM CST
Wire hangers.   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – The notably liberal outpost of Berkeley, Calif., today sent wire hangers—a reminder of pre-Roe v. Wade, back-alley times—to members of Congress who voted for an amendment that bans abortion for anyone receiving federally funded health insurance. The city council approved the measure last night, and some 20 House members who voted yes, but had previously supported abortion rights, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

“The city of Berkeley is sending you this coat hanger as a symbol of the horrible pain and suffering endured by women as a result of years of anti-choice policies imposed by our government,” reads a letter accompanying the package for those voting yes on the so-called Stupak-Pitts amendment. “We have never sent a coat hanger to anyone before.”

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