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Women Dressed As Handmaids Descend On Ohio Statehouse To Protest Anti-Abortion Law

"Offred" would be proud.

14/06/2017 3:06 AM AEST | Updated 14/06/2017 3:06 AM AEST

Women wearing long red cloaks and white bonnets have become an increasingly common sight in government buildings around the country in recent months.

The latest state to see a protest inspired by Margaret Atwood’s dystopian feminist classic The Handmaid’s Tale is Ohio.

On Tuesday, women filed into the statehouse on Tuesday to protest Senate Bill 145, a proposed ban on the most common method for second-trimester abortions.

Photos of the protestors posted to social media by groups like NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio on Tuesday show the women walking through the Statehouse in pairs, much like handmaids in Atwood’s novel (and the much-acclaimed Hulu adaptation). The images showed them with their eyes downcast as they waited for the first hearing on the bill to commence.

Dilation and evacuation, or “D&E,” is a safe method for second-trimester abortions. The Guttmacher Institute has said that banning the procedure disproportionately affects women who are already at a disadvantage when it comes to obtaining timely abortion care.  

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