Margaret Atwood fiercely criticized Republicans for trying to ban abortion at Saturday’s Santa Fe Literature Festival.
“As far as I’m concerned, this is revenge on #MeToo,” she said, adding that banning abortion would create an environment where “people would accuse them of having an abortion” as a form of intimidation. Anyone can approach a woman of childbearing potential and say: Atwood added.
Two-time Booker Prize winner and author maiden’s story She received a standing ovation from the attendees when she took the stage for a conversation led by literature editor and longtime friend Amy Grace Loyd.
Atwood spoke at length on a leaked memo stating that the US Supreme Court was poised to overturn Roe v Wade, a landmark case established in a 1973 ruling that stipulated constitutional protections for abortion.
Atwood said he advocates overturning such bills, targeting conservative Supreme Court justices and lawmakers who call themselves constitutional originalists. [as it is and apply it]Many people, including all women, will lose their rights.”
She added that if the historical documents were read strictly, the next turn to lose their rights would be “people without ownership”.
“The First Amendment makes no state religion,” Atwood continued with enthusiastic applause and cheers. “This means that the religious beliefs of one group should not be forced on everyone else.”
Despite the erosion of women’s rights, Atwood said she has a lot of hope for the future. “I think hope is part of the human tool because our distant ancestors didn’t use their ingenuity to escape from very difficult situations,” she said. “…if you’re not optimistic about anything you give up, things will only get worse.”
Atwood concluded the following about the need to constantly organize and revolt against political dictatorships: “Hope requires will and luck, but especially will.”
On the first day of the festival, Atwood spoke in a room full of over 900 people. She stars John Grisham, Don Winslow, Phil Klay, Emily St. It was joined by impressive Saturday speakers including John Mandel and Bryant Terry.
The inaugural festival kicked off Friday night with a sold out speech by two-time Pultizer Award winner Colson Whitehead.
Sunday’s speaker is fantasy novelist, screenwriter, and writer George RR Martin. A song of ice and fire, Adapted to the HBO series The Game Of Thrones; Pulitzer Prize Winner Lawrence Wright; Valeria Luiselli, writer and criminal justice activist; chef, cookbook writer and owner of London’s Darjeeling Express restaurant, Asma Khan; Investigative journalist and writer under the flag of the sky, John Krakauer.
The event’s international media partner, The Independent, provides daily coverage during the festival, with exclusive interviews with select headline writers. For more information about the festival, please visit: Santa Fe Literature Festival Section or visit festival website.