Margaret Atwood: Anti-abortion states should pay women who give birth
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Margaret Atwood, the bestselling author of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” said Friday that states passing anti-abortion laws should pay women who give birth.

In an appearance on The View, Atwood notes states are rolling back abortion rights, saying, “You’re approaching a state in which women are essentially being conscripted or drafted the way you would be conscripted or drafted into the Army … they get their food, their lodging, their clothing, their medical — all of that coverage.” 

She added: “If you want the state to claim ownership of women’s bodies, you should pay.”

Atwood’s comments come after multiple states — including Missouri, Georgia and Alabama — passed restrictive anti-abortion laws amid a national debate over Roe v. Wade.


Atwood’s novel, "The Handmaid's Tale,” was published in 1985 and takes place in the Republic of Gilead, a dystopian U.S. society in which women have been stripped of reproductive autonomy and are forced to give birth. Atwood penned a sequel, “The Testaments,” which was published Friday.

Many have drawn comparisons between “The Handmaid’s Tale” and rhetoric from the Trump administration, including Atwood herself.

When asked on The View if society is moving in the direction of Gilead, Atwood said: “Some places are, and some places are moving in the other direction.”

“What you can say about every totalitarian government … whatever their ideology, one thing they always do is roll back women’s rights. Every single one of them.”