Planned Parenthood Evokes ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ To Oppose Abortion Bill

Protestors (from left) Kim Archer, Cindy Harrison, Robin Kemp and Janette Archer stand in silence, wearing costumes from “The Handmaid’s Tale” during a Planned Parenthood demonstration near the Capitol in Phoenix. (Photo by Jesse Stawnyczy/Cronkite News)

By Jesse Stawnyczy

PHOENIX – Supporters of abortion rights spoke out Tuesday against a Senate bill that would require women seeking an abortion to answer detailed questions, such as the reasons they want to end their pregnancy, before undergoing the procedure.

Demonstrators at the Capitol in Phoenix donned costumes from “The Handmaid’s Tale” to protest abortion restrictions in Senate Bill 1394. (Photo by Jesse Stawnyczy/Cronkite News)

Eight women stood silently on both sides of a lectern outside the state Capitol, wearing red cloaks to evoke the book and television series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which depicts a dystopian future under a theocratic dictatorship.

Rep. Athena Salman, D-Tempe, said the bill’s questions about the reasons for the abortion are invasive.

“The questions pretty much put the government between you and your doctor,” she said.

The bill requires physicians to ask such questions as whether a woman wants to terminate a pregnancy for economic reasons; not wanting children at the time; becoming pregnant because of rape or incest; and such relationship issues as abuse or divorce.

Although doctors would have to ask those questions, the bill would allow women to refuse to answer them.

Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, a socially conservative lobbying group, said the bill would make data about abortions easier to acquire.

“It’s simply trying to define better why women are having an abortion, exactly what complications may be occurring from an abortion,” Herrod said in an interview last month. “That will enable, regardless of where you are on the issue of abortion, but policymakers, health care professionals and pro-life and pro-choice people to better meet the needs of women.”

Serena Kneirim, who said she received an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic, said it’s no one’s business why she had the procedure.

Had Planned Parenthood not been there, Kneirim said at the Capitol, “I would’ve gone home and tried to figure it out on my own, I would not have stopped until I was no longer pregnant.”

7 Comments on "Planned Parenthood Evokes ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ To Oppose Abortion Bill"

  1. But background checks to buy a gun are not invasive right?

  2. Abortionist’s vacuum cleaners have murdered more human beings than guns ever will! Bring it on.

  3. Albert Lannon | March 14, 2018 at 7:50 am |

    I think women who oppose abortion should not have one, as a matter of free choice. I think men who never faced pregnancy, wanted or unwanted, men who made the women pregnant in the first place, men who were never raped, should just shut up.

    • Albert what about my free speech rights? Abortion is murder; it is legal murder; that is what needs to be changed. No Human should die because someone chooses to murder them, with a gun or with an Abortion.

      • Albert Lannon | March 14, 2018 at 10:37 am |

        There’s an old saying: your civil rights end when they infringe on mine. You are, of course, entitled to your opinion, and I to mine. But neither of us have the right to try to impose our views on anyone else. Calling people who chose to have an abortion murderers comes very close to infringing on their right to not be falsely labeled as criminals.

        And a serious question I’ve always had for those of your persuasion: All those live sperms — potential babies — that were literally down the drain after male masturbation, is there guilt for that?

        Given the world’s shrinking resources and growing population, I believe that having children should be self-limited to two per couple, replacements for parents who will be exiting. We had two, and then I had a vasectomy so we would never have to be faced with the choice of what to do, if. If a couple wants more than two, maybe they should consider adoption — there’s a heck of a lot of unwanted kids that anti-abortion laws have forced pregnant women to bring into the world.

        • Of course you’re entitled to your opinion, but let’s get the discussion to what is the real reason to kill babies in your progressive world view global warming/population control. If you are able to justify it OK but don’t give us the crap that it is a woman’s right to choose. Like I said no human should die because someone chooses to end that life whether by a gun or by Abortion, or to control the population. Margaret Sanger the founder of Planned Parenthood wanted to control the population of Blacks, and other “undesirables”, are you able to justify that?

        • Albert, please wake up. Have you ever wondered where you would be if your mom chose abortion over birth??

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