'…For Erick Erickson [of redstate.com], the subject of abortion rights, and the way that women act as if their life and health depend on it, is a rich mine for humor…'
…After the Texas bill passed, he tweeted, “Dear liberals, go bookmark this site now,” and linked to a store that sold coat hangers. Coat hangers were what some women used in the pre-Roe era, when they were desperate to end a pregnancy, risking their lives. For that reason, they have become a symbol; some of Wendy Davis’s supporters carried them…even Erickson acknowledges that women died from illegal abortions back then; he says it was just a few dozen a year. And what’s that to him? Erickson is a provocateur, but he is also a reasonably influential voice within the Republican Party. He makes connections and delivers rhetorical relief. (Confused by Wendy Davis? Here’s how to put her down.) His jokes are not funny both because they are not funny and because the Republican Party is, at the moment, very serious about dismantling abortion rights in state legislatures across the country.