Powerful! This is a scene from last week's June 13 protest of Senate Bill 145, a proposed abortion ban of the most common method for second-trimester abortions, at the Ohio statehouse.
Gone are the pink Planned Parenthood tees, as reproductive health activists now wear long red cloaks and white bonnets in a nod to Margaret Atwood's dystopian feminist classic 'The Handmaid's Tale', now playing on Hulu.
Michael Premo, Chief of Staff for the Ohio Senate Democrats Tweeted his own photo, with the message: "Just another day at the Statehouse".
Texas Leads Every Developed Country in Maternal Mortality
Do you know that Texas now leads the developed world in maternal deaths? Yup. Deaths have doubled since the attack on Planned Parenthood clinics, closing down the only source of maternal healthcare in poorer parts of Texas.
Mothers don't count apparently, because Republicans in Congress seek to close down Planned Parenthood facilities all over America. Many Democratic blue states like New York and California are committed to making up any federal deficit. But red states are ready to implement the Texas strategy with similar results to Texas.
Note that causality has not been established from a research standpoint, demonstrating that the closures of Planned Parenthood clinics in poor, rural areas of the state directly caused the doubling of maternal deaths. But most women's healthcare advocates argue that such an event can't be traced to any other change in the daily lives of Texas women.
Dudes, you have major blood on your hands. Don't you ever utter 'protecting life' to me again.