Women in 'Handmaid's Tale' Costumes Protest Ohio Abortion Bill

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The group attended a committee hearing at the Statehouse on Tuesday while wearing red capes and white bonnets.

More than a dozen women have staged a protest against a proposed ban on Ohio's most common abortion procedure while dressed in character from the dystopian novel and Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale.

The group attended a committee hearing at the Statehouse on Tuesday while wearing red capes and white bonnets. The costumes resemble those worn in the series based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, in which women are forced to give birth.

They were fighting legislation criminalizing what anti-abortion activists call "dismemberment abortion." The medical term is dilation and evacuation.

The bill would prohibit doctors from using forceps or similar instruments on a live fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces. Seven states have such bans.

Similar costumed protests to anti-abortion bills have taken place elsewhere, including in Texas and Missouri.

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