Women dressed in long red dresses and bonnets on Monday, March 20 at the Texas Senate to protest two abortion bills.
The women protested Senate Bills 415 and 25. One bill bans second-trimester abortion procedure known as D&E, or dilation and evacuation, which is the safest and most common abortion procedure. The other bill would prevent parents from suing doctors if their baby was born with a birth defect and if the doctor failed to disclose it.
Women sat in the Texas Senate and stood outside with signs in outfits inspired by Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The novel, that will be adapted into a series and released on Hulu April 26, is set in a dystopia where women are stripped of their rights and forced to become breeders for men.
The sales of the book have soared after President Trump’s election. Sales of other classic dystopian novels such as Brave New World, 1984, and It Can’t Happen Here, have also hit the best sellers recently.