‘Handmaid’s tale’ protest at US Ohio abortion bill

Donning white bonnets and red robes, the women staged a silent protest against a state bill which would ban the “dilation and evacuation” abortion method – the safest and most common abortion procedure for women in the 12th to 23rd weeks of pregnancy.

They were dressed as handmaids from the fictional novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale” – a story set in a futuristic society where handmaids are forced to bear children for wealthy and powerful men.

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. The Guttmacher Institute has said that banning the procedure disproportionately affects women who are already at a disadvantage when it comes to obtaining timely abortion care.

“It is the most commonly-used procedure in the second trimester so this will ban nearly all second-trimester abortions in the State of Ohio”, Miracle said.

The procedure, designated as “dismemberment abortion” in the legislation, involves removing fetal tissue through the cervix using a range of medical instruments. The bill only makes an exception if the life of the mother is at serious risk, said The Plain Dealer. The bill is sponsored by Republican Senators Matt Huffman and Steve Wilson.