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The Reason You're Seeing People With Coat Hanger Tattoos

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When it comes to tattoos, every individual has the right to choose what's written or drawn on their body. With this concept in mind, people are showing their support for women's reproductive rights — a woman's right tochoose— by getting coat hanger tattoos. But what exactly is thecoat hanger tattoo meaning?"The short story is that prior to theRoe v. Wadedecision, many women useddangerous methods to induce their own abortions, and twisted-up wire hangers were one of the more macabre (and life-threatening) ones," Jessi Gold, MD, MS, wrote forInStyle. "The fear of this image becoming reality once again was very much in the forefront of these women's minds."

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