'Handmaids' protesting the Senate GOP healthcare bill at Washington D.C.

Photo via TaylorLorenz/Twitter

‘Handmaids’ storm the Capitol to protest the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill

The Handmaids have spoken—symbolically.


Samantha Grasso


Posted on Jun 27, 2017   Updated on May 23, 2021, 1:38 am CDT

Hulu’s Margaret Atwood-adapted series A Handmaid’s Tale has sparked a never-ending series of protests against anti-abortion legislation. Led by women in red cloaks and white bonnets, symbolizing the show’s oppressed handmaids, Tuesday’s protest saw the wrath of women against the Senate GOP’s secretive healthcare bill.



According to the Hill, 30 handmaid-garbed women traveled from New York to Washington, D.C. to launch to the People’s Filibuster in a protesting effort held by Planned Parenthood and other organizations. The Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate GOP’s healthcare bill, would cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers for one year.

“Slashing Medicaid and blocking millions of women from getting preventive care at Planned Parenthood is beyond heartless. One in five women in this country rely on Planned Parenthood for care. They will not stay silent as politicians vote to take away their care and their rights,” Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards had previously said in a statement regarding the proposal.

Texas women had previously dressed as handmaids to protest two abortion-related bills in March, and earlier this month women in Ohio did the same to oppose abortion bills in their state, too.


At least the handmaids enjoyed a moment of shade while having to stand in those full-length robes. Praised be.

H/T TaylorLorenz/Twitter

Share this article
*First Published: Jun 27, 2017, 3:09 pm CDT