Dem lawmaker brings coat hanger to briefing to denounce Trump's Supreme Court pick

Dem lawmaker brings coat hanger to briefing to denounce Trump's Supreme Court pick
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Rep. Lois FrankelLois Jane FrankelDem lawmaker brings coat hanger to briefing to denounce Trump's Supreme Court pick The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Protests and anger: Washington in turmoil as elections near Dem generation gap widens MORE (D-Fla.) on Wednesday brought a coat hanger to a briefing to denounce President TrumpDonald John TrumpReporters defend CNN's Acosta after White House says he 'disrespected' Trump with question Security costs of Trump visit to Scotland sparks outrage among Scottish citizens Ex-CIA officer: Prosecution of Russians indicted for DNC hack 'ain't ever going to happen' MORE’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, whose appointment liberals fear could endanger abortion rights. 

At the briefing, the Democratic lawmaker held up the metal coat hanger while discussing Kavanaugh and the potential for the Trump nominee to vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that guaranteed a woman's right to an abortion.

“I’m alarmed that five men will take us back to these days, I call them days of coat hanger medicine,” Frankel said to reporters, while also discussing a friend she found “nearly dead” at 15 years old after having a “back alley abortion." 

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Earlier this month, abortion rights activists reportedly sent Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) wire coat hangers in the mail in an effort to press her to vote against any Supreme Court nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade. 

The president nominated Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday night. The pick has divided lawmakers along partisan lines, setting up what looks to be bitter confirmation battle in the Senate.