Desperate Activists Dress as 'Handmaids' to Protest Ohio Abortion Bill
On Tuesday, pro-abortion activists protested at the Ohio state Capitol while dressed up like handmaids from Hulu's series "The Handmaid's Tale." The not-so-subtle message? Any restrictions on abortion are a slippery slope toward a misogynist dystopia where women can't vote, work, or own assets. Oh, and a dystopia where they lose their identities and are systematically raped for child-bearing.
"SB 145 will ban the most commonly used abortion procedure in the 2nd trimester," the abortion group NARAL Pro-Choice America declared on Twitter. "#OHHandmaids are here to show the impact of abortion bans."
Yes, a national abortion advocacy organization is pushing the idea that restrictions on abortion are not just an assault on women's rights but a subversion of their very personhood.
Ohio Senate Bill 145 would ban dismemberment abortions, also known as dilation and evacuation (or D&E) abortions. "When thousands of human children are being torn limb from limb every year, it is incumbent on the State of Ohio to stand up and put a stop to this inhumane practice," Ohio Right to Life President Mike Gonidakis said in a press release.
Abortion advocates argue that banning this practice would effectively rule out abortions between 13 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. Across the nation, 95 percent of second trimester abortions are performed with D&E, and about 3,000 out of almost 21,000 abortions performed in Ohio in 2015 used this method.
While the bill would outlaw D&E abortions, it would allow them in order to save the life of the mother or to avoid serious risk of "substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function."
The bill does not put in jeopardy a woman's right to vote, work, own assets, or have her own identity, however. It certainly does not suggest a system where women will be raped to produce children.