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Women’s groups protest against antiabortion rules in US healthcare bill

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 08 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5324
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    More than 120 000 US women responded to an online call to “send a coat hanger to your Congressman” by doing just that, in a protest against a proposed amendment of the health reform bill that would restrict abortion services.

    The campaign, organised by Credo, a for-profit company that raises money for non-profit progressive organisations from its telephone services, is aimed at an amendment to the bill that would prohibit payment for abortions under most of the new health insurance programmes for America’s uninsured population.

    Wire coat hangers were often used to induce abortion when the practice was illegal in the United States before 1973. The women sent their symbolic coat hangers to the 20 Democratic Congressional representatives—all …

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