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(TW: Back alley abortions) Dry Cleaners Post Anti-Abortion Ads on Hangers.

3:26 pm - 12/10/2012
Worst Marketing Decision Ever: Drycleaner Puts "Pro-life" Message on Their Hangers
by Robin Marty, Senior Political Reporter, RH Reality Check
December 10, 2012 - 7:59am

There is a branch of anti-choice activists that will use pretty much anything as a medium for their message: newspaper ads, graphic signs displayed in front of schools, bus stop benches. You would think they would know well enough to leave one place untouched, though. Wire coat hangers.

You would be wrong.

Springdale Drycleaners of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been etching "Choose Life" ads on wire coat hangers used to hang dry-cleaning.

What's worse is that this seems to be an ongoing effort. Reports of the "choose life" coat hangers already were on the internet back in March of 2011, when Joe.My.God posted a picture of the hanger then. And before that on Regretsy in 2010. So despite over two years of attention, the business continues to think this is an excellent cross-advertising campaign. In fact, the practice was losing them customers as far back as August of 2010, but still the dry-cleaner continues to use hangers as a place to offer inappropriate propaganda.

As NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin said on Facebook, it's a reminder of why we will never let them make us go back.


I know it might seem silly to post a trigger warning for a hanger, but back alley abortions still occur and I don't want to potentially trigger anyone who may have had one.
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cindyanne1 10th-Dec-2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
That is appalling. :(
furrygreen 10th-Dec-2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
Okay. Okay. Is this the definition of irony?

I mean, you know, the whole purpose of legalizing abortions was to get women away from coat hangers (and all that) and then to put anti-choice messages on one of the commonly know of (and used) tool of illegal abortions... Well, you know.
nikoel 10th-Dec-2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's irony at all. I think it's pure callousness.
tigerdreams 10th-Dec-2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
That might actually be in the top five of Shittiest Things Ever. Whoever had this idea legitimately needs to be slapped.
otana 10th-Dec-2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
What the fuck is wrong with these people.
lakomka87 10th-Dec-2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
how ironic is putting that bs on hangers
zinnia_rose 10th-Dec-2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
What the fuck. First of all, since when is a freaking dry-cleaning business an appropriate venue for controversial political messages? And as for the obvious fail re: coat hangers...yeah, I have no words. Dangerous back-alley abortions are not pro-life.
defacetheessays 10th-Dec-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
amyura 10th-Dec-2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
Ironic and STUPID. How many "well I'd never/I think it's wrong because the BAYBEEZ!" people will see them and be reminded of what women used to have to resort to, and think twice about the entire anti-choice movement?
urplesquirrel 10th-Dec-2012 09:58 pm (UTC)

This is a bad idea not just because it's in disgustingly poor taste, but because it actively hurts their cause.

Edited at 2012-12-10 10:02 pm (UTC)
darth_eldritch 10th-Dec-2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
this needs the you stay classy tag.
wrestlingdog 10th-Dec-2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
And "this is why we can't have nice things."

Edited at 2012-12-10 10:30 pm (UTC)
someohiogirl 10th-Dec-2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
This is the reason I quit going to them. The first time I saw this I was absolutely disgusted.
vulturoso 10th-Dec-2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
Did you explain to them why you left?
deathbytamarind 10th-Dec-2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
This is the worst thing in the world. Possibly ever.
aviv_b 10th-Dec-2012 10:04 pm (UTC)


a_phoenixdragon 10th-Dec-2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
Okay. New low. Found. Maintain.
ceilidh 10th-Dec-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
what the actual fuck
suwiel 10th-Dec-2012 10:36 pm (UTC)
Was going to comment with exactly this.
ragnor144 10th-Dec-2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
I saved the picture from Joe.My.God in 2010. I wish I was surprised that they are still doing it. You want to be anti-choice? Fine, but find a less potentially horrifying way to do it.
a_pious_cruelty 11th-Dec-2012 02:22 am (UTC)
These people go around in trucks with dead babies on them.

Frankly this is nothing compared to what they're willing to do.
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