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[COMMENTARY/WATCH] American Women Are Living in the Prequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

[COMMENTARY/WATCH] American Women Are Living in the Prequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

If you don’t believe the Republican Party is literally hell-bent on controlling women and others who have a uterus that could sustain life, you’re probably a Republican.

You’ll never make me understand how the government got involved with a personal medical choice that has no impact on the country as a whole. Vaccines? Sure, someone’s airborne germs could technically kill someone else at this particular moment in history, but absolutely no one will catch a pregnancy from sitting next to a pregnant person. There are also no laws in any state that control the reproductive system of the people who make sperm nor punish them for abdicating their responsibility for the fetus they helped create. Just us fragile delicate little host bodies, huh?

 

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 01: Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court of the United States Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Justices will weigh whether to uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks and overrule the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The underground that forms in “The Handmaid’s Tale” to smuggle women and children out of the restrictive Gilead into Canada may soon become a reality in this country. It’s no longer an exaggeration when we say half of our government is actively working to control all of the births in the United States. By restricting access to healthcare providers who can legally perform safe abortions, our country is creating additional burdens upon itself. How are these states going to feed, clothe, house, and educate all of these kids once they cease being “the pre-born”? Answer: they’re not.

While Democrats still openly fight for individual body autonomy, abortion rights activists are already responding to fears that Roe v. Wade may be overturned by forming an underground network of healthcare professionals that can help women access abortion, which is a little too close to Margaret Atwood for me.

Jessica Bruder, the journalist who wrote the book turned Oscar-winning movie “Nomadland” spent months getting to know the women who make up these networks and spoke to MSNBC’S Ayman Mohyeldin about what a post-Roe America might look like.

 

 

 

 

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