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Planned Parenthood Holds Silent Protest In Albany

Karen DeWitt
Abortion rights advocates dressed as handmaidens from the Margaret Atwood tale held a silent protest to call for passage of a reproductive rights bill in the New York State Senate.

Planned Parenthood in New York held a silent protest at the State Capitol on Monday, with women dressed as characters in the recent TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.

The women wore red capes and white hooded bonnets. They want lawmakers to pass a bill that would codify into state law the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion in the Roe v. Wade case.

Diane Sonde, of Brooklyn, says she finds wearing the handmaid’s outfit “scary” but felt it was important to make the statement.

“I’m here to represent all the women who can’t be here, to fight as hard as we have to get women to have choice in this state.”

The bill has passed the State Assembly but is stalled in the State Senate.

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