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Parkersburg councilman blasted for coat hanger comment


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Parkersburg City Councilman Eric Barber, front left, welcomes representatives of the Susan B. Anthony List’s Pro-Life Coalition to Parkersburg during an Aug. 30 event in support of then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at the Wood County Courthouse. Barber has come under fire for a Facebook comment in which he said, “Get (your) coathangers ready liberals” in reference to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announcing he would vote for Kavanaugh.
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — A Facebook comment by Parkersburg City Councilman Eric Barber created a firestorm well beyond the Mid-Ohio Valley.

In a reply to a post on a private Facebook page reportedly about Friday’s announcement that Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., would vote to confirm now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Barber wrote, “Better get you’re coathangers ready liberals (sic).”

The post — which many took to be a reference to a mechanism for unsafe abortions should the practice be banned as a result of Kavanaugh’s presence on the court — was quickly removed by Barber, but not before screenshots were saved and spread. Over the weekend, the post was shared around social media and on liberal websites including Deep South Voice and Raw Story, as well as the Friendly Atheist blog at religious discussion site

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