Protesters dress as ‘handmaids’ for Kavanaugh hearings

Women dressed as handmaids stood lining the halls on Tuesday outside the hearing room where senators will spend the next few days grilling Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The protesters in the costumes from the Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” are with Demand Justice, a liberal advocacy group fighting Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Organizers for the group chose not to answer questions from The Hill, but provided a statement announcing they were there to ring the alarm about Kavanaugh’s “anti-abortion, anti-healthcare and anti-women” views.


“Brett Kavanaugh is an extremist ideologue who, if confirmed to the Supreme Court, will take away women’s basic rights,” the groups’ statement read.

The protesters were portraying the characters in the popular dystopian drama on Hulu, based on the 1985 book by Margaret Atwood, where women are forced into sexual servitude and denied rights such as reading and walking alone.

In their statement, Demand Justice said they believe Kavanaugh will end abortion care, let bosses make health-care decisions for women, give the government control over immigrant women’s bodies and take health care away from people with pre-existing conditions. 

“Right now in American, far too many women of color cannot access safe, affordable healthcare and the ability to decide whether, when and how to raise thriving families is out of reach,” they said. 

“Brett Kavanaugh will take this already harsh reality and make it worse.”

Kavanaugh, who sits on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, faces faced three days of confirmation hearings, which kick off Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

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