The Supreme Court’s decision on abortion, handed down on June 24th, stripped the constitutional right to abortion in the United States and left it to the individual states to decide whether to outlaw the procedure or not. Since the court’s conversative supermajority invalidated judgements from 1973 law, the restriction may unintentionally encourage women to carry their pregnancies to term.
Some people have taken to social media in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling to draw parallels between modern-day America and the dystopian society depicted in Atwood’s best-selling novel The Handmaid’s Tale.
The Story Follows a Group of Young Women Struggle
The Handmaid’s Tale, now a hit Hulu series, depicts a dystopian future where women are subjected to extreme patriarchal control. The story follows a group of young women as they struggle to reclaim their independence in a world where they have very little control over their reproductive choices.
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People on Twitter haven’t been subtle about drawing parallels between the plot and the actual overturning of the constitutional right to obtain an abortion.
The Handmaid’s Tale: “Hello, and welcome. Somebody on the internet said that the Supreme Court is a radical and perhaps harmful institution.
“It turns up that 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale aren’t dystopian fiction,” another said. We can call them prophecies.
Handmaid’s Tale is a Huge Part of Modern Life
Other Twitter users commented on how the lack of women’s rights depicted in The Handmaid’s Tale is a huge part of modern life.
They went on to describe how the Roe v. Wade decision makes them feel “sick,” and how it makes them fear for the future of human rights for marginalised groups like the LGBTQ+ community.
One commentator opined that the decision “paves the way for US states to ban or severely restrict abortions.” Threatening protections for contraception, same-sex partnerships, and marriage are also possible. This is such a sad and gloomy time in history. The way I feel right now makes me want to throw up. Exactly like in The Handmaid’s Tale, I suppose.
“The GQP Republican Handmaid’s Tale terrorists on the Supreme Court have overturned Roe v Wade. I can’t even express how incensed I am. Those nasty jerks are coming for homosexual marriage next. “We need to vote blue all the way down the ballot, go out in the streets, and get the Supreme Court up to 13 justices,” someone else chimed in.
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A third person wrote, “Sorry but as a Canadian my family and I will not take another step on U.S. soil ever again. The downfall of democracy in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has long puzzled me. The answer to which we are currently witnessing in real time.