As is well known, the US Congress is discussing a new health reform. What we do know for sure is that the new reform – if it comes – will have a negative impact on women's right to self-determination regarding abortion, so the question now is to what extent. It is both fascinating and repulsive to see what proposals come on the table, including Vice President Mike Pence suggesting that all women who want to have an abortion should be forced to see an ultrasound image of the fetus and hear its heartbeat. This law is also part of an anti-abortion law he has already introduced in Indiana, where he was previously governor.
In this political climate came the dramatization of Margaret Atwoods The Handmaid's Tale (1986) as commissioned for the opposition. The series shows a United States that has been overthrown by a religious extremist group called "The Sons of Jacob", inspired by the biblical story of Jacob having children with his maid. The land has also been given a biblical name – "The Republic of Gilead" – and "Gilead" refers both to happiness,. . .
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