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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Women Dress in 'Handmaid's Tale' Robes to Protest Anti-Abortion Laws at Texas Capitol

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 1:35 PM

  • Via Twitter, John C. Mortiz
While the Texas Senate has seen protestors before, yesterday's appearance of a group of women dressed in red robes may have been a first.

Dressed right out of the highly acclaimed novel from Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale, which has seen a spike in popularity since the last November's election, pro-choice protestors gathered in the Texas Senate gallery to protest several anti-abortion bills, including SB25, which the senate passed 21-9, allowing doctors to withhold information from pregnant women carrying a fetus with severe disabilities or anomalies.
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The senate also considered SB415, a bill that would put further restrictions on second trimester abortions.

Ultimately, the senate considered, and passed, legislation regulating what a woman can and cannot do with her body. Hence the handmaids.

Photos of the protestors began circling Twitter last week, accompanied by the hashtag #FightBackTX. Holding up signs in the senate gallery while dressed in red floor-length robes, the statement made by protestors maybe have been a quiet one. But it still speaks volumes about a Texas legislature filled with conservative lawmakers intent on passing anti-choice legislation every chance they get.

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