"We must fight like hell... so that no woman will ever feel compelled to use something like this on herself again."
Cynthia Nixon attended a protest in New York Tuesday night against President Donald Trump's new Supreme Court nominee, and she brought a coat hanger to symbolize her concerns about the future of abortion rights.
At the rally of several hundred people in Manhattan's Union Square, Nixon, a former actress who is running for governor of New York, revealed that her mother had an illegal abortion, and warned against an America where such procedures would be necessary.
"We must fight like hell in New York and across the country to preserve Roe v. Wade so that no woman will ever feel compelled to use something like this on herself again," she said, brandishing the wire hanger.
Later Tuesday night, Nixon tweeted about the rally.
A wire hanger is something that women in this country were driven to use out of fear and desperation, performing abortions on themselves, often with devastating effects. We must never go back to a time when any women feels that she has to make this kind of a choice. #OneInFour pic.twitter.com/wu1qQ85elj— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) July 11, 2018
She also posted a campaign video contrasting her statements in support of women's rights with those of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whom critics have accused of dragging his feet on abortion protections.
“God told me I was a feminist when he gave me three daughters,” she said at one point.
Later she challenged a female reporter: “I want to see you eat the whole sausage."