"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. 

The protestors, who carried signs with messages like"Keep your laws off my body," voiced the widespread concern among liberals that Trump's nominee, ​Brett Kavanaugh, will create a conservative majority on the bench that will undermine or overturn the abortion protections of Roe v. Wade, a 1973 court decision. 

They also called on the New York ​legislature to enshrine the same protections in state law. 

Later Tuesday night, Nixon tweeted about the rally. 

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."