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Erick Erickson thinks unsafe abortions are hilarious

Shortly after the Texas Senate voted Friday night to pass a sweeping abortion ban that could shutter 37 of the state's 42 abortion service providers, Erick Erickson tweeted a celebratory link to a wire coat hanger supplier with the message to "liberals" and, presumably, the women of Texas: "Go bookmark this site now." (Erickson has since deleted the tweet, but you can view it here.)

To Erickson, a conservative commentator and outspoken reproductive rights opponent (who also happens to think that working women are "against nature"), dangerous, self-administered abortions are simply hilarious.

Hilarious -- and largely a fiction cooked up by reproductive rights advocates, Erickson is quick to add. In a Monday post addressing the negative response to his tweet, Erickson referenced a report from the antiabortion group Michigan Right to Life stating that in 1972, the year before Roe v. Wade guaranteed women a constitutional right to abortion, "only" 39 women had died as a result of illegally obtained and self-administered abortions, leading Erickson to call the dangers of illegal abortion "more legend than reality."

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