A well-known writer has warned that her dark fiction is fast becoming a reality after the U.S. repealed the Women’s Rights Act.
One of the world’s most famous dystopian writers has warned that her fiction is fast becoming reality after the US repealed a law protecting women’s ability to terminate unwanted pregnancies.
Margaret Atwood wrote her fantasy novel The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985, which follows the state of Gilead, where women’s sole purpose in life is to reproduce without a voice over their own bodies.
And many, including Atwood herself, can’t help but notice the similarities between her novel and the current state of the US.
Last month, leaked documents from Politico showed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is considering overturning the Roe v. Wade case, which in 1973 gave women the constitutional right to terminate pregnancies until the fetus is viable.
This prompted Ms. Atwood to write a scathing article about an archaic idea in Atlantic Ocean.
Less than a month later, on Saturday morning AEDT, the court voted 6-3 to terminate a woman’s legal right to terminate a pregnancy in the first two trimesters.
Now every state must determine whether women can have legal abortions, but 26 states are “sure or inclined” to ban abortions. according to research team.
The decision could also open the way for states to restrict access to contraceptives, the legal expert said. spoke with NBC warned.
“Even though I ended up… The Handmaid’s TaleI stopped writing it several times because I thought it was too contrived,” Ms Atwood recently wrote.
“I’m so stupid.”
“Theocratic dictatorships exist not only in the distant past: today there are many of them on the planet,” Ms. Atwood continued in her review.
“What prevents the United States from becoming one of them?
“For example: It is now the middle of 2022 and we have just been shown a leaked ruling from the United States Supreme Court that strikes down an established law for 50 years on the grounds that abortion is not mentioned in the Constitution and is not “deeply rooted” in our “history and traditions.” “.
Ms Atwood also said: “Women have been non-persons in US law for much longer than they have been persons. If we start repealing the established law using the excuses of Judge Samuel Alito, why not abolish the right to vote for women?”
She said that it was this outdated 17th-century thinking that formed the basis of her fictional world.
“In the fictional theocracy of Gilead, women had very few rights, as they did in 17th-century New England…,” she said.
“Based on the reproductive arrangements in Genesis—particularly in the family of Jacob—the wives of high-ranking patriarchs could have slave girls, or “maidservants,” and these wives could tell their husbands to have children by the maidservants, and then claim the children as their own.”
Later in her article, she said, “The United States appears to be well on its way to establishing a state religion. Massachusetts had an official religion in the 17th century. Adhering to it, the Puritans hanged Quakers …
“If Judge Alito wants you to be guided by the laws of the 17th century, you should look closely at that century. Is this when you want to live?
In another sign that the US is slipping into the world of science fiction, the conservative state of Texas is facilitating revelations about illegal abortions by paying whistleblowers to speak up, just as Atwood and other dictatorships have throughout history. stories.
While this law went into effect before Roe v. Wade was overturned, it speaks to the future of the US now that there are fewer protections against abortion.
Last September, Texas passed a controversial new abortion law known as SB 8, which bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. NPR.
The law also encourages private individuals to become scammers for the government.
If these individuals manage to sue anyone who helps a woman get an abortion, including her abortion provider and even the one who took her to a clinic or gave her money to pay for the procedure, they will be awarded at least $10,000. USA from the government.
Anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life did not hesitate to take advantage of the new law by creating “whistleblower” channels where anonymous advice can be sent.
Others have also drawn parallels with American horror writer Stephen King, who made a now viral tweet stating “Welcome to WORKERS’ TALE”.
Series Executive Producer The Handmaid’s Talebased on Ms. Atwood’s book, also spoke out after the Supreme Court decision.
Warren Littlefield said. Term immediately after the law was repealed: “We wish we were less topical, but unfortunately the show was obsessively topical. And today it seems even more so.”
The iconic red and white maid uniforms from the hugely popular TV show have been widely adopted by pro-choice protesters since the series began in 2017 and have become a symbol of the struggle for reproductive rights.
“I think we all want us to be this weird, dystopian concept that no one will believe,” Mr. Littlefield added.
“We all wish we were a fictional graphic novel.”