Margaret Atwood Thinks Roe v. Wade Will Be Overturned⁠—and There Will Be the 'Most Horrific Backlash'

As states across America continue to usher in new laws imposing restrictions on abortion, Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale has become increasingly relevant in its depiction of a totalitarian regime that sees women's bodies as properties of the state.

And now, as Atwood releases The Testaments, her much-anticipated sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, the Canadian author has also offered a premonition for the future of abortion laws in the U.S.

In a wide-ranging interview with British newspaper The Times, Atwood has said that she believes Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion across the country, will almost certainly be overturned in America.

According to Lorraine Candy, editor-in-chief of The Sunday Times Style, Atwood said that she agreed with the editor that Roe v. Wade would eventually be overturned.

"We agree that Roe v. Wade will be overturned in America, as the tussle over female reproductive rights becomes a flashpoint in the control of women by men like [President Donald Trump]," Candy wrote following her interview with Atwood.

However, Candy said Atwood predicted that America would also see "the most horrific backlash" if the landmark legislation ever is repealed.

Indeed, across the country, there has already been widespread pushback against legislation being passed in states across the U.S., with lawmakers in states including Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Utah and Kentucky pushing strict abortion bans with few exceptions forward.

In Alabama, legislators passed a near-total ban on abortions which only made exceptions for cases in which there is a "serious health risk to the unborn child's mother" or if the "unborn child has a lethal anomaly" and if the woman has an ectopic pregnancy.

The ramped-up effort to introduce hardline anti-abortion laws comes following the controversial appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, with many anti-abortion lawmakers hoping to see the Conservative judge play a critical role in seeing Roe overturned.

Atwood said that she believes voters in the U.S. could potentially avoid that fate, however, if they leverage their power as voters to change the course America is currently headed down.

"We are in the position today of voting for the least worst, which is better than voting for the worsty worsty worst," Atwood said.

"We normally vote for what we consider to be our best interests and right now our best interest is not choking to death because of the rise in seawater," she continued. "Vote for the person with a plan on this. Or the person who says they have a plan."

One of the best decisions voters can make, Atwood said, is to vote for the candidate most likely to tackle the climate crisis, which she said was the biggest threat to humanity right now.

While Atwood appeared to have little to say about President Donald Trump, the U.S.'s current leader, she did have a few words on his daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump.

Asked about Ivanka, who Candy described as "the woman closest to the president who is in a position to make a difference for all women, the one who could safeguard reproductive rights," Atwood said: "No, don't be stupid...She isn't interested in saving you, she is interested in saving her money and situation in life."

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Canadian author Margaret Atwood attends the Franfurt Book fair 2017 in Germany. Atwood's 'The Testaments,' the much-anticipated sequel to 'The Handmaid's Tale' comes out globally on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Hannelore Foerster/Getty
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