Mark Crutcher, a pro-life activist, explained May 23 how pro-choice women would be responsible for their own deaths if they underwent a coat hanger abortion (video below).
Crutcher and Renee Hobbs were discussing the dangerous alternative that some women would choose if abortion were to be outlawed again during his "Life Talk TV" program, notes Right Wing Watch.
Crutcher, whose campaign is built upon the sanctity of human life, stated: "If abortion were outlawed today and next week a bunch of women died from coat hanger abortions, those coat hangers would have been in the hands of pro-choice people, not pro-life people."
"That's right, we're not doing it, they are," Hobbs added.
"So when you see these people out there waving these coat hangers around and saying, 'Never again, we're not going back to this,' then don't do it," Crutcher said. "Don't do them, that's all you gotta do."
However, women didn't do coat hanger abortions because they desired to put their lives in danger, but because they didn't have access to a legal safe abortion before the Roe v. Wade ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973.
Crutcher then said that he had a solution to the coat hanger abortion problem and recounted how he used his solution to debate pro-choice people:
I’d say, I’ll tell you what, we can solve the coat hanger abortion thing right now and here’s how we’ll do it. I will get every pro-lifer in the country to sign an agreement that they will never do a coat hanger abortion if you will get every pro-abort in the country to say that they’ll never do coat hanger abortions...
But the fact is, if women wind up dying, every woman that has ever died in an abortion, every woman that ever was raped in an abortion clinic, was killed by a pro-abort or raped by a pro-abort. Why are we responsible for that?
"We're not responsible for it," Hobbs added. "We're only trying to save the lives of the unborn and the mothers themselves."
"So if you don’t like coat-hanger abortions, don’t do abortions," Crutcher stated.
There's no historical indication that women have ever liked having coat hanger abortions as a matter of personal enjoyment.
A study about clandestine illegal abortions originally published by Medline noted that surveys done in New York City in 1965 and 1967 found that women ingested substances such as turpentine, Chlorox and quinine to induce abortions and/or inserted objects into their uteruses.
Dr. Waldo Fielding recalled for The New York Times in 2008 what types of objects desperate women would insert inside themselves:
The familiar symbol of illegal abortion is the infamous "coat hanger" — which may be the symbol, but is in no way a myth. In my years in New York, several women arrived with a hanger still in place. Whoever put it in — perhaps the patient herself — found it trapped in the cervix and could not remove it...
However, not simply coat hangers were used. Almost any implement you can imagine had been and was used to start an abortion — darning needles, crochet hooks, cut-glass salt shakers, soda bottles, sometimes intact, sometimes with the top broken off.