A dystopian future has become our present
November 16, 2023
To The Eagle:
Margaret Atwood’s novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” of a ‘forced birth’ society in a dystopian future has become our present.
Twenty four states have banned abortion. Those states are also criminalizing the purchase or distribution of home abortion pills. Traveling across their state’s boundaries to obtain abortions elsewhere is being criminalized along with medical providers, friends and organizations who help such “abortion refugees.”
Idaho has adopted an “abortion trafficking” ban, making it a crime for adults to obtain abortion pills for minors or to take a minor out of state to seek an abortion. Alabama state Attorney General Steve Marshall is using anti-conspiracy laws for interstate prosecution of those helping others obtain an abortion out of state.
Thank you, Governor Inslee, for approving enhanced legal protections for Washington state providers, for restricting out-of-state subpoenas used for out-of-state anti-abortion legal actions, for protecting patient data , and for expanding access to abortion care.
Our new Morality Police (MP’s) will soon be patrolling state borders, like former Communist Bloc countries behind their Iron Curtain. Here’s an imaginary encounter:
MP: Sorry about the delay folks, just a rou-
tine border stop. Are you pregnant, ma’am?
Lady: Indeed I am. What of it?
MP: You’ll have to turn around. I can’t let
you cross the state line, you may be leaving
to have an abortion.
Lady: Are you out of your mind? I’m 8
months along. I have non-refundable holiday
reservations, and my family waiting, for
MP: Too bad, missy. Keep complaining, and
I’ll confiscate your vehicle.
The couple in the next car in line asks
“What’s the holdup officer?”
MP: Is the missus pregnant?
Lady: That’s none of your business sir. Do
I look pregnant to you?” (Exposing her belly.)
MP: Proceed to the mobile clinic at the rest
area. If your pregnancy test is negative
you’ll be permitted to proceed. If you at
tempt to elude, you will be apprehended and
incarcerated. There’s also your $500 fine for
MP: (Radioing a colleague.) Send my relief
sir, I’m due at the airport in an hour for my
shift at Fetal Security.