After the Supreme Court’s draft majority opinion to repeal abortion rights was leaked, many pro-choice advocates have taken to TikTok to talk about the various forms of protest they are participating in.
On May 4th, @katnowack posted a video reel on TikTok about buying a set of silver galvanized wire ProCare 6 hangers from Amazon and setting the return address to the Supreme Court. The move relates to hanger abortions, where women without access to safe and legal abortions used wire hangers to dangerously attempt to terminate their pregnancy.
She captioned the post, “What’s stopping you?” and also wrote in the video, “Don’t be shy, send the Supreme Court some hangers” as well as “Down with patriarchy.”
@katnowack what’s stopping you? #roevwade #prochoice #prochoiceisprowomen #supremecourt #womenempowerment #patriarchy #abortionisessentialhealthcare #ShowYourJOWO #FORDfortheBuilders #LIKEABOMBSHELL ♬ Funny Song – Cavendish Music
The video has received over 445,600 views and nearly 50,000 likes.
Some commenters shared their support, while others questioned whether there could be more productive ways of pro-choice advocacy.
One user wrote: “Hangers are sold out or expensive. I sent a baby doll with a note please raise her I have no choice.” Another commenter chimed in: “Even my Republican grandmother jumped at shipping the SCOTUS hangers.”
Others in the comments questioned if sending out the Justices hangers will help the cause, with one user writing, “Please donate to pro choice organizations instead!” The judges will never see these.” Another commenter wrote, “Funny, but there’s a better way to spend $7 to support the cause.”
“Okay, but you’re only helping Amazon. And you have to put a certain judge’s name on it for it to go to their chambers,” points out another user.
The Daily Dot reached out to @katnowack via TikTok to comment on this story, but didn’t receive an immediate response.
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*Initial publication: May 7, 2022 at 12:52 p.m. CDT
Maria Santa Poggi is an aspiring MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College of Poetry. She is a freelance writer and her work has appeared in Vogue, Teen Vogue, Paper and id, among others.
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