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Women Dressed In ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Garb Descend On Ohio Statehouse To Protest Anti-Abortion Law

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Women Dressed In ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Garb Descend On Ohio Statehouse To Protest Anti-Abortion Law

Sixteen women in Ohio have dressed as characters from the dystopian TV show ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ donning white bonnets and red robes, to protest a proposed bill which would restrict access to abortions.

Based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, the show explores a dystopian future in which ‘handmaids’ are captured and forced to become pregnant surrogates after fundamentalists take control of the United States.





The women were protesting Ohio Senate Bill 145, which would ban “dilation and evacuation,” the safest and most common procedure for second-trimester abortions, according to health experts.

The procedure, described as ‘dismemberment abortion’ in the legislation, involves removing fetal tissue through the cervix using a range of medical instruments.

The wording of the legislation itself borrows from anti-abortion activists’ talking points, describing tools which “slice, crush and/or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body to cut or rip it off.”

Exemptions exist in cases where the mother’s life is endangered.

“Let’s call Senate Bill 145 what it is: part of a broader effort to end access to safe, legal abortion in Ohio,” said NARAL Pro-Choice lobby group Deputy Director Jaime Miracle.

Ms Miracle said the demonstration was inspired by a similar ‘handmaids’ protest in Texas earlier this year.




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