Women channel popular TV show in protest outside Capitol Hill

A protest outside the Capitol building Tuesday included a bit of costuming, as 30 Planned Parenthood volunteers dressed up as characters from a TV show.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” is an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel of the same name. In the story, fertile women are rare, and those that can reproduce are “forced into sexual servitude” for reproductive purposes. They wear a distinctive red cloak,  which announces their position in society.

The protesters donned the same cloaks as they swarmed the Capitol, demonstrating against the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate Republican’s healthcare bill. According to Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts communications director Fern Whyland, the bill would “devastate” women.

“It would be the worst bill for women in generations and decimate women’s healthcare. It’s a healthcare bill with no healthcare,” Whyland said.

One of the costumed activists, Elena Lipsiea, said, “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.”

The demonstration initiates the “People’s Filibuster,” co-sponsored by Planned Parenthood. The People’s Filibuster will include speeches by people opposed to the Better Care Act.

No word about whether the People’s Filibuster events will be rescheduled following the announcement that a vote on the bill has been postponed.

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