‘We are all handmaids now’ – how abortion bans in America are turning dystopian fears into reality

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This article has been published to coincide with Episode Four of Mashable’s new podcast,Fiction Predictions. Listenhere.

It’s 2019 and several states in America have passed bills that ban abortions after cardiac motion in a foetus is detected (around six weeks into a pregnancy). That cut-off is earlier than many women know that they’re pregnant.

In the most extreme case in Alabama, lawmakers passed a bill that bans abortion at any stage. Other states have passed bills that enforce new restrictions on previous abortion bans.

In response, women across America are looking to Margaret Atwood’s seminal The Handmaid’s Tale — originally published in 1985 —for inspiration when staging their protest to these attempts at restricting their reproductive rights and freedom of choice. Read more…

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