Shortly after the Texas Senate passed legislation that drastically restricts abortion rights in that state, Fox News contributor Erick Erickson urged liberals to bookmark a website that sells coat hangers.
The Texas legislation, which was previously stalled by a filibuster on the Senate floor, would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, mandate new regulations that would force all but five of the 47 clinics providing abortions in the state to close, and require doctors who perform abortions to have admittance privileges at a local hospital. Texas medical associations have expressed opposition to the bill, saying that is "not based on sound science" and "does not promote women's health."
During Senate debate over the bill, opponents of the legislation appeared on the floor carrying coat hangers, warning that some women without the option of legal abortion would resort to back-alley methods. "Do you want to return back to the coat hanger or do you want to be able to give them the option to be able to terminate their pregnancy because they have been raped?" said state representative Senfronia Thompson.
In response to the Texas Senate's passage of the bill, Erickson wrote on Twitter:
Erickson's link directed to Store Supply Warehouse's page for "Hangers & Garment Bags":
Erickson responded to criticism of his comment by tweeting:
Erickson has produced a long list of sexist comments, recently claiming that female breadwinners conflict with "biology" and "the natural world" and are "tearing [society] apart." Last September, Erickson referred to the first night of the Democratic National Convention as "the Vagina Monologues" and later apologized.
UPDATE: On his Redstate blog, Erickson offers "My Sincere Apologies to the Kid Killing Caucus," saying that he was "mocking [the] hyperbole" of "feminists and other pro-abortion activists" - who he terms "kid killers" and says "really are as humorless as they are stereotyped to be." He concludes, "you have my apologies for offending you for thinking I was being serious instead of accurately realizing I was mocking you and your outrageous hyperbole and lies."
UPDATE 2: In a subsequent Redstate post, Erickson says he deleted his tweet "when it appeared the left-wing activists were not just polluting my twitter feed, but also harassing the company selling coat hangers."