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.