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'Handmaids' descend upon Hill to protest health care bill

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'Handmaids' descend upon Hill to protest health care bill

The Handmaid's Tale handmaids have made several appearances around Los Angeles for the show's Emmy campaign and at many state legislature protests, but now they've arrived in Washington D.C.

"It would be the worst bill for women in generations and decimate women's healthcare", Planned Parenthood communications director Fern Whyland told The Hill, adding: "It's a healthcare bill with no healthcare".

And the group aren't the only ones to have protested in reference to The Handmaid's Tale in recent weeks; similar demonstrations have taken place in Texas and OH in objection to the GOP bill.

On Tuesday, the handmaids also protested in Ohio, where the House passed a bill banning a common procedure used in most second trimester abortions, now landing the legislation for a vote in the Ohio Senate. 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 bill would also allow insurance companies to opt out of covering birth control and maternity care, as well as defund Planned Parenthood.

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Under the Gilead regime, women have limited roles in society.

The dramatic wardrobe was inspired by the robes worn by the handmaids themselves in the series based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. The cuts alone to Medicaid would leave millions of women (and men) without their primary health care.

"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", Elena Lipsiea, one of the protestors dressed as a handmaid said. "In The Handmaid's Tale, women's rights are gradually, slowly stripped away".

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

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