June 21, 2013
Eight people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct in Madison, Wis., on Thursday after they tried to deliver coat hangers to the offices of lawmakers who supported a mandatory ultrasound bill.
According to The Capitol Times, about two dozen protesters holding coat hangers were shut out of the offices of three Republican state senators and Gov. Scott Walker (R) -- the most vocal supporters of the recently-passed measure. The coat hangers were intended to signify a time before the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 when women had to resort to unsafe, back-alley abortions because the procedure was illegal.
Walker has said that he will sign the mandatory ultrasound bill, which requires women to undergo either a transabdominal or a more-invasive transvaginal ultrasound procedure whether or not it is deemed medically necessary.
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