Report: Abortion activists mail 3,000 coat hangers to Republican senator ahead of Kavanaugh vote

September 9, 2018

Report: Abortion activists mail 3,000 coat hangers to Republican senator ahead of Kavanaugh vote Rob Crandall /

If the nonstop disruptive protests and not-so-heroic defiance of Senate rules during Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings didn’t put Americans off to the Democratic Party agenda, the latest act of resistance from the left should give voters pause ahead of Election Day.

Hoping to influence the confirmation process, pro-choice activists have sent as many as 3,000 coat hangers to the offices of Maine Sen. Susan Collins (R) in hopes of reminding the senator of the unsanctioned back-alley abortions that progressives say were common prior to the legalization of the procedure.

Holding on

Along with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Collins, who comes from a Democratic stronghold and claims to support abortion rights, represents what is likely to be the only chance Democrats have of stopping Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Although Collins has said that she would oppose any nominee who stood to undo abortion laws, she has so far indicated that she supports Kavanaugh and has criticized Democrats who have already made up their mind about the judge.

“I was shocked when many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle took a position on the nominee before his identity was even known,” Collins said. “That’s just extraordinary.”

Sending a message

But Collins’ recent statements in support of the nomination process haven’t stopped activists from harassing the swing state Republican. In addition to sending sick messages through the mail, abortion advocates have overwhelmed the senator’s phone lines with aggressive demands for complete compliance with the Democratic agenda.

According to The Cut, the leftist mail campaign was unplanned and began spontaneously on Twitter. Users like Ashley Long of Alabama sent 100 hangers so Collins would get “the message” regarding abortion.

“I think maintaining that right for women is absolutely crucial,” Long told USA Today, adding that Collins could “absolutely be swayed.”

But to anyone who knows anything about medically sanctioned abortion procedures, the coat hangers sent to Collins hardly represent the most gruesome tool used to terminate a pregnancy. That morbid designation should be reserved for the Sopher clamp, which is used to pull a fetus, limb by limb, through the mother’s birth canal before crushing its skull in a legal abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation.

Carnival of freaks

Meanwhile, Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings have been nothing short of a complete circus. Progressives fear that, if he is confirmed, Kavanaugh will become part of a conservative majority on the Supreme Court who would work to overturn the 1973 landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade, especially after Democrats revealed that Kavanaugh wrote that the Supreme Court “can always overrule its precedent” in a 2003 email.

As such, liberal activists have allowed their most sensitive fears about Republicans to exhaust whatever reserves of decorum and composure they had left. Inside the Senate chambers, “Spartacus” (Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey) masterminded a fake revolt, while outside the hearing room, protestors dressed as Handmaids played the role of disgruntled feminist doomsday criers.

The committee’s proceedings were even unceremoniously interrupted 60 times in just the first minute.

From protesting during Kavanaugh’s hearings to sending thousands of disturbing “gifts” to a Republican senator, it seems there’s no length Democrats won’t go to in hopes of swaying public policy. Unfortunately for them, it doesn’t seem that Collins — or the 50 other Republicans in the Senate — will be changing their minds about Kavanaugh any time soon.


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Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Jewish News Syndicate.