Are pink hats still ok?
Organizers of the Women’s March group in Texas sent out a letter ordering supporters not to bring clothes hangers or any imagery related to the “The Handmaid’s Tale” to a pro-abortion-rights rally Saturday.
“We ask no coat hangers as the right has adopted and currupted [sic] the symbolism to mean that all kinds of self managed abortions are dangerous and they aren’t,” said Women’s March volunteer Ryan Greene in an email to Dallas supporters.
“No handmaids tale imagery, it goes against our joyful resistance,” the email continues. “Any one with such imagery will not be associated with womens march. Thank you for your cooperation.”
The Women’s March organization later distanced themselves from the missive, which was went out on the group’s letterhead, saying it wasn’t approved by top brass and hangers and “Handmaid’s Tale” outfits are still approved.
“This email was not vetted or endorsed by Women’s March. We have not put out similar guidance for this march,” said a Women’s March spokeswoman.
Abortions right’s rallies are planned for Saturday across the country in what’s being called a national day of action by Women’s March and Planned Parenthood. It’s a response to the leaked Supreme Court decision indicating the justices are about to overturn the Roe v. Wade abortion decision.
Since Justice Samuel Alito’s memo was leaked last week, abortion right’s activists have been protesting in front of the U.S. Supreme Court and nationwide.
Some have been using images of hangers with the words “never again” to evoke a time when some women who were not able to legally get an abortion used the coat hanger as an abortion tool. Some TikTok users have even sent wire hangers to the Supreme Court, reports NBC.
Others have donned red cloaks made famous by the Hulu series, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The show is set in a dystopian America, where women have lost most rights, including the right to read.
In Texas, Planned Parenthood is asking supporters to attend a major rally at the state capitol. Supporters from Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and Waco are being offered bus rides to Austin.
If Roe v. Wade is overturned, Texas is one of several states that have so-called trigger laws on the books that would restrict most abortions within 30 days of a Supreme Court ruling.
There would be no exceptions to end a pregnancy due to rape, incest, fetal abnormality or when a fetus is not expected to survive after birth. The one exemption it does make is when the life or heath of the mother is at risk.