Susan Collins Now the Proud Owner of 3,000 Coat Hangers

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Activists have sent Senator Susan Collins approximately 3,000 coat hangers ahead of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote, not that that’ll stop him from ascending his judicial throne and swapping out birth control for sugar pills. Babies for everyone! Sex kills! Take off your shoes! Make sandwiches!

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According to the Associated Press, Collins’s office has been flooded with hangers since July. Collins, along with Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski, is one of the only Republicans expected to potentially quash Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court dreams, having previously vowed not to confirm a justice who “would demonstrate hostility to Roe v. Wade.” Kavanaugh’s been fairly vague regarding his stance on the landmark abortion ruling, claiming in his hearing that he understands the importance of “precedent,” without declaring any real support.

In fact, “precedent” may not mean much to Kavanaugh, as evidenced by a 2003 email he sent noting that legal scholars argue the Supreme Court “can always overrule its precedent.”Kavanaugh claimed he didn’t personally subscribe to that particular view, but that’s not really something I’d like to see tested once he’s a sitting Supreme Court judge with a lifetime appointment.

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Collins has told reporters that Kavanaugh assured her in meetings that he considers Roe v. Wade precedent, which, again, only means so much. Some Democrats seem to think Collins is on #TeamResistance, and though she’s come through on healthcare in the past, I wouldn’t count on her to protect us from the conservative court nightmare to come, no matter how many thousands of hangers you dump on her desk.

Night blogger, author of GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO PEOPLE YOU HATE.

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If the “pro-life” movement was really about preventing abortion they would be doing everything they could to make birth control cheap/free/easily available. If the “pro-life” movement was about saving babies they would be funding WIC and other prenatal programs, and funding Head Start early education. They would be funding SNAP (foodstamp) programs, as the majority of SNAP beneficiaries are households with low income and children.

Sex education and easily available and affordable or free birth control are the only paths to fewer abortions. Shaming doesn’t reduce the abortion rate, picketing abortion clinics doesn’t reduce the abortion rate, closing and/or defunding Planned Parenthood doesn’t reduce the abortion rate. Shooting doctors doesn’t reduce the abortion rate. All of the “pro-life” tactics do is reduce the safe abortions.