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A group of women in Handmaid’s Tale robes staged a pro-choice protest in the Texas senate

A group of women in Handmaid's Tale robes staged a pro-choice protest in the Texas senate
Photograph from Instagram

Yesterday, a group of red-robed women took over the gallery of the Texas senate. It wasn’t a publicity stunt for Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale (though Texas has seen one of those), but a protest against a number of anti-abortion bills. The demonstrators were channeling the women of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian 1985 novel, who are stripped of their rights and names, and forced to breed by a theocratic government. They were (characteristically) silent in the senate gallery and halls as the bills were passed; now the proposed legislation will head to the House. Here, a quick recap of the protest in pictures.

Handmaids—they’re just like us:
Some selfies from the gallery:
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“And how are you today, officer?":
Margaret Atwood retweeted this one:
After leaving the gallery, the women grabbed some signs for a more direct protest:

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