- The Washington Times - Friday, June 14, 2019

The cast of Hulu’s hit television series “The Handmaid’s Tale” filmed a public service announcement this week in support of Planned Parenthood.

The PSA, shot with the help of Harper’s Bazaar, includes actors Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Ann Dowd, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Max Minghella and Bradley Whitford.

“We are in a public health crisis,” Ms. Wiley says in the video.

“Access to reproductive care is under attack,” Ms. Brugel says.

“Banning abortion is not going to stop abortion,” Mr. Whitford says.

“Banning abortions will only stop safe, legal abortions,” Ms. Brewer adds.

The actors describe the the recently passed anti-abortion laws in multiple states, including bans on abortions after six weeks, as an attack on women’s reproductive rights.

“Access to safe and legal abortion is a constitutional right,” Ms. Moss says in the video. “When we start restricting access to abortion, our country takes one step closer to Gilead. Abortion care is health care.”

Gilead refers to the dystopian and barren society depicted in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” where the remaining fertile women are enslaved, raped, impregnated and forced to give up their babies to the political ruling class. The show started filming during the 2016 presidential election, and multiple actors and producers, including Ms. Moss, have compared the show to President Trump’s America.

Last week, Ms. Dowd, an executive producer on the show who also plays Aunt Lydia, and producer Warren Littlefield said the U.S. was on a slippery slope toward Gilead due to the anti-abortion movement.

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