I was born post-Roe, however, I was raised to be conscious of history.
The coat hanger has always signified two things:
Mommie Dearest and Illegal Abortion.
Now, I don't have the means to take off on a crusade - but I'm mildly techie and felt that I might be able to raise some awareness - and maybe some money. Mostly, it was a way to feel like I was doing something.
When I was working on the design - I wanted something simple and something that provoked a strong reaction. Most often you see pictures like the one above with a caption of "Never Go Back" or something to that effect (I actually used a similar design when I created the abortion rights twibbon). But the honest truth is for many women in our state and in parts of the country.
WE HAVE GONE BACK!
Many areas - including Wichita - have no access to abortion care. The closest clinic is three hours away. We have the right to our reproductive choices, but few ways to act on them. American Progress recently had an article of similar thought. I realize to some, the image that coat hanger represents is an uncomfortable one - to some they might feel that it focuses on the wrong thing. However, in my mind - it's the truth. Abortion has always been a part of society - it's just a matter of how dangerous we want it to be.
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