"Handmaids" Infiltrate The Capitol To Protest The Healthcare Bill
ANNA FOLEY JUN 27, 2017 5:50 PM
First came the pussy hat. Then, “nevertheless she persisted” became a rallying cry and popular tattoo. Lipstick benefiting Planned Parenthood soon followed. But one of the most enduring, and most literary, trends in the fight to protect women's reproductive rights comes from The Handmaid’s Tale.
In the novel and Hulu's TV adaptation, women forced to bear children for others, called handmaids, wear a similar ensemble. The long red cloaks mask their bodies, and their large bonnets cover their faces. Now, women are bringing these outfits in front of lawmakers to remind them how eerily close our country's laws seem to the dystopian world of The Handmaid's Tale. From Jefferson City, Missouri to outside the U.S. Capitol, women are donning red cloaks and white bonnets to stand up for women’s reproductive health.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: June 27, 2017
Reason for protesting: Handmaids joined the #PeoplesFilibuster, a protest of the Senate’s proposed healthcare bill outside the Capitol. The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 and defund Planned Parenthood for a year.
The handmaids made it to the national stage.
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Date: June 13, 2017
Reason for protesting: The cloaked women quietly sat in the Ohio statehouse during a hearing for Senate Bill 145, which would ban the dilation and evacuation procedure, commonly used in second-trimester abortions.
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