Handmaids Descend on the Capitol to Protest Senate Republicans' Health Care Bill

The Senate GOP's health care bill would effectively bar Planned Parenthood access for poor women, due to its Medicaid provisions. In response, 30 protesters traveled to Washington, D.C., dressed in costumes similar to those worn in Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale.

"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.

Fern Whyland, communications director at Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, has called Republicans' health bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, potentially "the worst bill for women in generations." 

The handmaids' demonstration was part of the People's Filibuster to Stop Trumpcare (Day 1).

In Atwood's dystopian novel, now a Hulu TV series, women's predominant role as childbearers takes center stage in the fictional far-right Republic of Gilead, due to rampant infertility in America. 

Similar protests have been staged at Ohio, Texas and New York state capitols. 

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