To Protest Abortion-Restricting Bills, Texas Women Wore Handmaid’s Tale Costumes to the Senate

A group of Texas women made a Margaret Atwood-inspired statement yesterday.

Right now, Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is having a major moment. Not only is the classic dystopian novel about women who are forced to be breeders in a hyper-religious society being made into a show for Hulu, but the stars of the show and others (like feminist icon Gloria Steinem) have been speaking out about their concerns that America is teetering on the brink of making the events in the story reality.

Activists and voters in Texas took those fears to the next level when they dressed in the uniform of the breeders, or “handmaids,” and took to the Senate while abortion-restricting bills were being considered.

One of those bills, Senate Bill 415, has been branded the “dismemberment abortion ban.” It is a regulation that would effectively ban a safe and common procedure used for second-trimester abortions, according to the Huffington Post. It passed and is now heading to the House. Another, SB 25, would allow doctors to lie if they detected a fetal abnormality but had concerns that the mother might choose to terminate the pregnancy. That one will likely head for a final vote on the floor this week.

The women donned the heavy red robes and sat quietly in the gallery to send their message, which was that they are not simply breeders whose reproduction can be overseen by the state. They also held signs in other areas of the building.

Check it out:

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