To protest the Republicans’ proposed healthcare bill, Planned Parenthood staged a protest outside of the Capitol building today in which 30 women dressed up like “handmaids” from Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) June 27, 2017
Fern Whyland, communications director at Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, called the bill “devastating.”
“It would be the worst bill for women in generations and decimate women’s healthcare. It’s a healthcare bill with no healthcare.”
The protest is both culturally relevant and timely, as the critically acclaimed Hulu series also depicts women as second-class citizens. In the show, “handmaids” are “kept for reproductive purposes and forced to dress in a uniform to designate their role in society,” according to The Hill.
According to Elena Lipsiea, one of the volunteers for Planned Parenthood, “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.”
While the Hulu series offers a drastic version of events, it’s important to remember that every broken dam starts with a crack. The passage of this bill would be that crack and more, and Senate Republicans deserve to be confronted by an equally extreme dramatization right outside of their offices.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.