Lindy West, a co-founder of the #ShoutYourAbortion campaign which aims to de-stigmatise discussion of the procedure, has fallen victim to internet trolls impersonating her late father.
West, who founded the hashtag alongside fellow campaigner Amelia Bonow after threats to abortion clinic funding were made by hardline Republicans in Congress, has now been subjected to harassment from trolls who've created accounts bearing the name and picture of her father.
"Pro-lifers" use my father's memory to harass and (attempt to) traumatize me. This is how they respect the dead. pic.twitter.com/98WcIqMaVb— Lindy West (@thelindywest) September 27, 2015
But it isn't the first time Paul West has been used as a means to facilitate online abuse towards West.
Also, again, THIS ALREADY HAPPENED. I made a This American Life piece about it, which you should listen to: http://t.co/k2pOyHye7C— Lindy West (@thelindywest) September 27, 2015
West says she was confronted by a "cruel" troll in 2013 who used her father's name and image.
The campaign to defund abortion Planned Parenthood clinics across the US "relies on the assumption that your abortion is to be whispered about," Bonow wrote on Facebook and Twitter two weeks ago.
But pro life campaigners quickly took to the trend, using the hashtag to promote their anti-abortion cause.
West wrote about her experience at a PP clinic in New York, and has encouraged women to take to Twitter to share their stories as a powerful argument against the defunding of the service.
And now it appears that trolls have taken to the hashtag and targeted its founders.
But as West concedes, those using pseudo accounts to harass her may not have a view on either side of the abortion debate.
It's probably the least effective way to traumatize me since I've spent more time processing the original incident than anything in my life.— Lindy West (@thelindywest) September 27, 2015
All it does is reveal anti-choicers to be repulsive, cruel, & disingenuous, w no compunction about digging their fingers into others' lives.— Lindy West (@thelindywest) September 27, 2015
Equally possible that it's just some 4chan troll who doesn't give a shit about abortion except as a vehicle to abuse women.— Lindy West (@thelindywest) September 27, 2015
Either way, this is the kind of relentless harassment that women face just for being loud and visible and unapologetic about our own lives.— Lindy West (@thelindywest) September 27, 2015