Dozens of demonstrators dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ descended on downtown Philadelphia on Monday to protest Vice President Mike Pence’s visit.
They wore red cloaks and white bonnets and chanted ‘this nightmare must end.’
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ imagines a future in which women’s rights have been stripped away. Protesters said they are opposed to Trump administration policies on abortion rights, LGBT rights, immigration and other issues.
Pence spoke in the afternoon at an event promoting the administration’s tax-cutting law. He was later headlining a fundraiser for Rep. Lou Barletta, who is seeking to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.
Dozens of women clad in the red cloaks and white hoods of characters from the Handmaid’s Tale took to the streets of Philadelphia
The protest’s stated purpose was to demonstrate against Mike Pence and his endorsement of controversial policies
Vice President Mike Pence speaking at the America First Policies event in Philadelphia on Monday
The demonstrators said they were also protesting Barletta’s support of the Trump administration.
Samantha Goldman, an organizer of the protest, told the Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘We just felt that the visual of the ‘Handmaid’s Tale costumes, a society in which women in Gilead are stripped of their most basic rights and their humanity, was appropriate.’
A statement on the protest’s registration page said the group would be protesting Pence’s ‘anti-women, anti-science, and anti-LGBTQ policies’ while Indiana governor and his endorsement of Trump’s policies.
It was recently revealed that an anti-abortion law that the Vice President signed when he was governor of Indiana could become the test case that brings the abortion issue back before the Supreme Court.
The state law prohibits abortion on the basis of gender, race or disability of the fetus – such as Down syndrome.
The law was blocked by lower courts and is one of three anti-abortion state statues sitting one level below the Supreme Court.
The protesters wore red cloaks and white bonnets and chanted ‘this nightmare must end’ as they marched
At one point the protesters cast off their costumes and unfurled banners decrying Pence and his beliefs
If the state of Indiana appeals the last ruling and justices accept the case, it could open the door for a broader ruling on Roe v. Wade that could redefine abortion rights on a national level.
Pence is a staunch opponent of abortion rights and has vowed to put Roe in the ‘ash heap of history.’
He has long championed anti-abortion policies as a congressman from Indiana, as the governor of the state, and as vice president.
He gave a speech in February to a pro-life group where he vowed legal abortion would end ‘in our time.’
Protesters could be seen linking arms and holding hands in solidarity as they marched the streets of Philadelphia on Monday
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is a novel-turned TV series which imagines a future in which women’s rights have been stripped away