Recently protesters against the overturning of U.S.abortion law have often shown the “coat hanger” as the symbolic image of illegal abortion.
An extract from Wikipedia reads:
In a letter to The New York Times, gynecologist Waldo L. Fielding wrote:
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...
Was this practice, I mean the use of a hanger (as dangerous and desperate as it may be) really common in illegal abortion cases or was it more a one-off episode that became emblematic of the risks and dangers of not having a legal support for abortion?