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Women dress as 'handmaids' to protest USA anti-abortion bill

Women dress as 'handmaids' to protest USA anti-abortion bill”

In response to a proposed ban on an abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation, a group of women in OH attended a committee hearing yesterday dressed as characters from the hugely popular television series The Handmaid's Tale. "About a dozen women showed up at the hearing for #Ohio Senate Bill 145 on Monday afternoon dressed as characters from "#The Handmaid's Tale".

The women dressed in the Handmaid's Tale iconic red robe and white bonnet sat in silence as the hearing proceeded according to the BBC.

While the bill makes an exception if the life of the mother is at risk, it remains shrouded in controversy, especially after OH governor, John Kasich, vetoed an anti-abortion law back in December because he believed it would be found unconstitutional. Matt Huffman and Steve Wilson, both Republicans, testified in support of the bill.

Abortion rights groups NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio and Women Have Options organized the protest, following similar demonstrations in Texas and Missouri.

The bill makes an exception where the mother's life is in danger.

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The Ohio legislators were joined by female protestors in costumes referencing the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel, who silently took a front row seat to observe the decision.

Roughly eight per cent of abortions in the United States are performed in the second trimester. Supporters of the bill say the abortion method is inhumane and painful for the fetus; opponents say the bill is unconstitutional and would eliminate safe and effective medical procedure.

They were fighting legislation criminalizing what anti-abortion activists call "dismemberment abortion".

Seven other state legislatures have passed laws banning the procedure but several are facing court challenges.



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