Handmaids Are Here To Remind Everyone The GOP's Health Care Bill Sucks


Planned Parenthood communications director Fern Whyland said, "It would be the worst bill for women in generations and decimate women's health care". The vote was eventually postponed because some Republican Senators remain unconvinced by the bill, putting in question its passage.

Handmaid's Tale-esque protests have become an increasingly common sight around the country - in places like Texas, Ohio and California - as women use Atwood's dystopian story to draw attention to the very real ways women's access to comprehensive reproductive health care is being threatened right now.

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

The GOP healthcare bill would defund Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, responsible for 328,348 abortions this past year according to their latest annual report. It's not the first time these sort of protests have happened, with women donning similar costumes to protest anti-abortion laws across the country. The story is set in a society where women are objectified and used for a objective.

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The Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood took inspiration for the novel's plot and the handmaids' iconic outfits from the Puritans, the English Reformed Protestants who established East Coast colonies in the 16th and 17th centuries.

"Dressing up as a handmaid gives a clear message to our administration and the Senate about how seriously we take their decisions and how radically it can affect our lives", PPGeneration at UAlbany president Elena Lipsiea said. Women's reproductive rights are just one area of many that would suffer as a result of the bill being passed.

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It's unlikely that Tuesday's protest will be the last of its kind.