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 FrankelLawmakers wear white to State of the Union to show solidarity with women Trump will give State of Union to sea of opponents Democratic group asks women to wear white to State of the Union MORE (D-Fla.) on Wednesday brought a coat hanger to a briefing to denounce President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could 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." 


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.