Pop singer Pink has issued a dramatic warning following moves towards major rollbacks of abortion access in some US states - today posting the simple message on Instagram: ‘Welcome to the real-life HANDMAIDS TALE!!!’
Referring to the dystopian world created by feminist author Margaret Atwood, in which women are stripped of all of their rights by a male-dominated ruling class, Pink posted a collage of US politicians who had apparently backed the changes to abortion laws, which are being rolled out in some US states.
Alabama lawmakers yesterday passed a near-total ban on abortions, which will also include blocking access for victims of rape or incest. The only exception to the law will be for women whose lives are decided to be at serious risk from the continuation of pregnancy.
The states of Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have moved to restrict abortion once a heartbeat is detected – which may be around the sixth week – but the Alabama move marks a significant escalation towards a near total ban.
The changes are expected to be contested in the courts.