Catholics and most Protestant religions claim an instrument of torture, the cross, as the perfect symbol for their religion. Yet they demand that another instrument of torture they created by their demanding love of the fetus the coat hanger is evil.
“I honestly can’t believe that someone would celebrate the destruction of babies (boys, and YES millions of girls) as a fashion statement for feminists,” Palin wrote in a blog post. “You know the phrase ‘they wear their heart of their sleeves?’ Well, I guess DC feminists love to wear death on their necks.”
“This is either a very sick parody or a sad reality,” tweeted Mike Warren, a staff writer at the Weekly Standard.
The coat hanger has for decades been a symbol of the reproductive rights movement. Before abortion was made legal in 1973, women looking to end their pregnancies would resort to desperate measures, including using coat hangers or other sharp objects to self-induce abortions.
I gotta get one but I don’t wear any jewelry anymore now that I don’t work in an office and loose things are dangerous. Maybe for parties. Now, there is a conversation starter.
“What the hell is that on your neck?”
“A coat hanger.”
“Why are you wearing a coat hanger.”
“Because the religious right, mostly, won’t allow women control of their bodies and pregnant women become so desperate they scrape the crap out of their cervix and vagina hoping for the best.”
“What, isn’t killing a fetus murder?”
“So, is that hamburger you’re eating. Do you really think you’re so superior to a cow? More importantly women must be able to plan their families. Birth control and safe abortions are a boon to mankind.”
“Man you’re fucked up. (we both gulp at our drinks)”
“Sorry, it’s the truth and until we support women’s rights to their body we will just flood the planet with more misery and woe. 98% of Catholics use birth control. Even many of the religious get it but wont’t talk the walk. Sometimes birth control fails. Sometimes women can’t afford it. Sometimes people aren’t educated in sex and don’t get how easy it is to get pregnant. Sometimes it’s just passion with an undesired consequence.”
“Don’t you think it sends the wrong message.”
“The message is women absolutely need to have control of their family planning and you’d be better for it too. Do you really want to pay 18 years of support for a kid you created on some random date or mistaken passion? Do you think mistakes should be allowed to flourish into full-blown, life-long misery?
“You’re angry about this? They can just get adopted.”
“What? Women should be breeders for the state who can’t possibly deal with the emotional and economic fallout? Hell yes, it’s hard to be calm when people think a fetus is more important than an adult woman who is trying to be responsible. And where are the men? They are part of it too.”
“But what if the baby were another Einstein?”
“I didn’t know we were short of smart people. Well we are but breeding more isn’t the cure, education is. Maybe it would be another Hitler. There are too many people already. We’re not short. We need people who are glad to be here, have families they love, and want to better the world. Here have another piece of murdered cow. (chomp chomp)”
“Wow, man, you’re bitter.”
“No, just really passionate about women’s rights to family planning and men’s rights to be free from supporting an unwanted child… I am not nearly as angry as the antiabortionist who have killed doctors and forced Planned Parenthood to have giant bullet-proof barriers on their counters. (awkward pause)”
“Don’t you think women will love their baby regardless? Won’t people adopt?”
“No. That hasn’t shown to be true. Otherwise, anecdotally, the coat hanger wouldn’t be so appreciated by so many as a symbol. And there are many studies showing unwanted births aren’t appreciated or helpful to society. And no, adoption is a poor remedy for a problem that shouldn’t have occured in the first place and is easily prevented. Birth control and abortions are a boon to the poor who haven’t the resources. The rich can still do pretty much what they want.”
“I just don’t think I could have my girlfriend do it.”
“What’s that got to do with someone else? Not everyone eats meat, or gets a degree. Wouldn’t you want to be able to have the choice? Do you really wish such misery on another person? … May I get you another beer?”
“What about those people who weren’t aborted? They are glad to be here.”
“If they hadn’t been born they wouldn’t be able to know. You can’t miss what you never had. Mostly people are glad to be alive but not always. There are accounts from people who say they wish they had been aborted because they realized what a burden they were, the struggles their parents went through.
“Alright, alright, whatever. Yeah.”
You can see why my spouse thinks I am an embarrassment at parties. “Was it something I said?” Maybe it was the vernacular.
Jim Newman, bright and well