Talk about a fashion statement.
On Monday March 20th, a group of women arrived at the Texas Senate dressed as characters from Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
The clothing trend was inspired by characters of the feminist-dystopian novel, where women, including the main character “Offred,” are forced to give birth against their will in a depleting society.
— BUST Magazine (@bust_magazine) March 21, 2017
Legislators have used the term “dismemberment abortion ban” to refer to second and third trimester abortion, which was the basis for their decision.
The D&E ban has been long debated. Advocates of the ban use the argument that a living fetus can experience pain within the womb.
“They say banning the procedure is necessary because it’s inhumane to remove a living fetus from the uterus in ‘pieces.’ But there is no good medical evidence that fetuses can experience pain before well into the third trimester of pregnancy — and no evidence at all that this could happen early in the second trimester, when most D&Es are performed.”
Senate Bill 25 “Would allow doctors to lie to their patients,” according to the Huffington Post. What this means is that if a doctor detects any abnormality in the baby, they have a right to withhold that information from the mother- and the mother can’t sue them for doing so.
Although the bills were passed by senate, they are currently awaiting approval by the Texas State House.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) March 21, 2017