Today saw the start of the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. In the hearing room, Kavanaugh is being asked about his ability to uphold laws crucial to reproductive health. Outside that room, women silently protest in very familiar red robes and white bonnets made famous by Margaret Atwood's book and current Hulu series adaptation The Handmaid's Tale.
Since Trump first announced Kavanaugh as his nominee, there has been a great deal of concern regarding Kavanaugh's stance on reproductive health, namely abortion rights. While Kavanaugh has stated that he believes Roe vs. Wade to be "settled law," his swing vote status could have grave consequences for the historic ruling. As California Senator Dianne Feinstein pointed out in the hearing, given Kavanaugh's ruling in the only abortion case he has presided over, this fear is justified.
Women in Handmaid's Tale costumes have become a routine sighting when matters of reproductive rights are on the line, not just in the US but internationally. And we will assuredly see more of them as the hearing continues this week.