Planned Parenthood staged a 'Handmaiden's Tale'-inspired demonstration on Capitol Hill to protest the healthcare bill

abortion texas handmaid's taleActivists dressed as characters from &quotThe Handmaid's Tale" chant in the Texas Capitol Rotunda as they protest SB8, a bill that would require health care facilities, including hospitals and abortion clinics, to bury or cremate any fetal remains whether from abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth, and they would be banned from donating aborted fetal tissue to medical researchers, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Austin.AP Photo/Eric Gay

Three dozen Planned Parenthood volunteers dressed in long red capes and white bonnets stood outside the Capitol building in protest of the proposed healthcare bill that Senate postponed amid growing opposition.

Inspired by Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale," the volunteers came to Washington D.C. from New York to show their opposition to the bill, which could dramatically restrict funding for health care centers that provide access to abortions and other forms of birth control.

In the book that inspired the new Hulu television series, women are kept in captivity for reproductive purposes and impregnated against their will.

"Dressing up as a handmaid gives a clear message to our administration and the Senate about how seriously we take their decisions and how radically it can affect our lives," dressed-up volunteer Elena Lipsiea told The Hill.

More than 2.5 million people visit Planned Parenthood clinics every year for everything from abortion and birth control access to cancer screenings. Similar "Handmaid's Tale"-inspired protests have taken place from Texas to Ohio, with participants claiming that the bill would severely restrict women's reproductive rights.

"It would be the worst bill for women in generations and decimate women's healthcare," Planned Parenthood communications director Fern Whyland told The Hill. "It's a healthcare bill with no healthcare," she said. 

Read more on how the proposed GOP healthcare bill could affect Planned Parenthood and reproductive healthcare providers here.

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