Illustration of unfolded wire coat hanger with a red and dripping end on a white background. Red text below illustration.
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The wire coat hanger is infamously associated with unsafe or illegal abortion, in which a straightened wire hanger is inserted into a pregnant woman's uterus in the attempt to abort a fetus. The image has been often used by pro-choice groups to protest anti-abortion legislation.