Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Women wear 'Handmaid's Tale' costumes in health care bill protest outside Capitol

Women wear 'Handmaid's Tale' costumes in health care bill protest outside Capitol

The Hill reporter Taylor Lorenz photographed the handmaids, who held Planned Parenthood signs and a large banner, and said they planned to shout "Shame" at the GOP senators exiting the Capitol.

Planned Parenthood communications director Fern Whyland said, "It would be the worst bill for women in generations and decimate women's health care". The red-clad silent protesters were at also at the statehouse on June 13, during the bill's reading.

Similar protests have been staged in other major cities around the U.S. where activists have also worn the uniform.

The Senate GOP's health care bill would effectively bar Planned Parenthood access for poor women, due to its Medicaid provisions.

In a similar protest last May, women gathered in "Handmaid's Tale" attire in the halls of the Texas state Capitol building to protest anti-abortion laws.

In The Handmaid's Tale, a theocratic regime calling itself Republic of Gilead takes over parts of the US and has imposed severe limits to freedom and women's rights in a bid to control society and increase fertility rates. The handmaids are considered to be fertile women whose sole function is to have babies, and are forced to undergo regular, strictly-regulated intercourse with the men in the families they are assigned to, in presence of the men's wives.

Atwood's 1985 book sets itself in the fictional Republic of Gilead, an authoritarian theocracy which comes to power in the US. It would affect women and reproductive health - and not in a good way.

Hulu's acclaimed drama series The Handmaid's Tale shows a dystopian future where women are stripped of their basic rights - and ladies are using this eerily timely tale to send a message to congress.

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