‘We’re all handmaids’

Leslie Jones dresses as a handmaid to protest ‘war on women’ during ‘SNL Weekend Update’

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Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones took Republicans to task over the push to end abortion rights for American women in a spirited season finale on Saturday.

Dressed as a handmaid from the The Handmaid’s Tale, in which fertile women are forced into sexual slavery to bear children for richer families, Jones kicked off the “Weekend Update” segment by declaring, “Well, basically we’re all handmaids now. This is how it starts. I’m out living my life, and then I see on the news a bunch of states are trying to ban abortion and tell me what I can and can’t do with my body.”

She then swapped her handmaid’s garb for a black T-shirt emblazoned with the word “MINE” and an arrow pointing toward her uterus.

Jones expressed outrage that in Alabama, a group of male Republican senators — nearly all of whom are white — voted to criminalize abortion, with no exceptions for rape or incest. As pictures of the men flashed onscreen, she said, “This look like the casting call for a Lipitor commercial. This look like the mugshots of everyone arrested at a massage parlor.”

She added, “You can’t control women, because I don’t know if y’all heard, but women are the same as humans.”

Taking on a more somber tone, Jones discussed the fact that a growing number of states — Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah — have passed extreme bills limiting or criminalizing abortion in recent months as part of a GOP push to get the Supreme Court to reverse the Roe v. Wade decision that gave American women the right to safe and accessible abortion services.

“This really is a war on women,” she said. “If you’re a woman out there and you feel scared or confused, just know that you’re not alone. There are so many women out there who’ve got your back.”

Watch video of the segment below.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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