Roe v Wade Is Lost

When The Donald stuffed the Supreme (?) Court with his henchmen . . .

  • Neil Gorsuch
  • Brett Kavanaugh (the serial rapist whose multiple crimes and many victims of his crimes were all ignored by the FBI so that the rapist could be made a judge to rule over normal people)
  • Amy Coney Barrett (the Mormon religious slave who must do whatever her husband and master tells her to do as she goes about ruling over normal people from her ill-gotten Supreme Court seat)

. . . they got together to terminate Roe v Wade—thus completing the secret bargain they made with The Donald so that The Idiot would recommend them for the Supreme Court in the first place. 

Now they are poised to do the bidding of The Cult Of Trump and strike down the Roe v Wade legislation that elevated all women from the status of farm animals to the status of human beings with free choice.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House, said:

“If the report is accurate, the supreme court is poised to inflict the greatest restriction of rights in the past 50 years – not just on women but on all Americans.

The Republican-appointed justices’ reported votes to overturn Roe v Wade would go down as an abomination, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in modern history.

Several of these conservative justices, who are in no way accountable to the American people, have lied to the US Senate, ripped up the constitution and defiled both precedent and the supreme court’s reputation.

I have a solution for this dreadful turn of events.

Have all babies 

born to mothers who wanted a legal abortion 

dropped off on the hoods of cars, 

at the mailboxes or 

on the doorsteps 

of any congress person or judge. 

No note—just a baby 

that the congress person or judge can raise.

The US does not want to treat female human beings honorably? 


You raise and pay for the kid.


‘Enforced Childbirth Is Slavery’
Margaret Atwood On The Right To Abortion

The US supreme court draft ruling on abortion is an assault on fundamental individual freedoms. The Handmaid’s Tale author reflects on the issues at stake

Margaret Atwood
Photograph: Derek Shapton/The Guardian

Sat 7 May 2022 02.00 EDT

Nobody likes abortion, even when safe and legal. It’s not what any woman would choose for a happy time on Saturday night. But nobody likes women bleeding to death on the bathroom floor from illegal abortions either. What to do?

Perhaps a different way of approaching the question would be to ask: What kind of country do you want to live in? One in which every individual is free to make decisions concerning his or her health and body, or one in which [the men are] free [but the women are] enslaved?

Women who cannot make their own decisions about whether or not to have babies are enslaved because the state claims ownership of their bodies and the right to dictate the use to which their bodies must be put. The only similar circumstance for men is conscription into an army. In both cases there is risk to the individual’s life, but an army conscript is at least provided with food, clothing, and lodging. Even criminals in prisons have a right to those things. If the state is mandating enforced childbirth, why should it not 

  • pay for prenatal care
  • pay for the birth itself
  • pay for postnatal care and – for babies who are not sold off to richer families
  • pay for the cost of bringing up the child?

And if the state is very fond of babies, why not honour the women who have the most babies by respecting them and lifting them out of poverty? If women are providing a needed service to the state – albeit against their wills – surely they should be paid for their labour. If the goal is more babies, I am sure many women would oblige if properly recompensed. Otherwise, they are inclined to follow the natural law: placental mammals will abort in the face of resource scarcity.

Demonstrators protest against the draft abortion ruling
outside the US supreme court in Washington.
Photograph: Allison Bailey/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

But I doubt that the state is willing to go so far as to provide the needed resources. Instead, it just wants to reinforce the usual cheap trick: force women to have babies, and then make them pay. And pay. And pay. As I said, slavery.

If one chooses to have a baby, that is of course a different matter. The baby is a gift, given by life itself. But to be a gift a thing must be freely given and freely received. A gift can also be rejected. A gift that cannot be rejected is not a gift, but a symptom of tyranny.

We say that women “give birth.” And mothers who have chosen to be mothers do give birth, and feel it as a gift. But if they have not chosen, birth is not a gift they give; it is an extortion from them against their wills.

No one is forcing women to have abortions. No one either should force them to undergo childbirth. 

[If the state] enforces childbirth, at least call that enforcing by what it is: Slavery

The claim to own and control
another’s body,
and to profit by that claim.

This is an edited extract from
Burning Questions
by Margaret Atwood,
published by Chatto & Windus.