‘We can’t bring spoons to sword fights anymore’: the fight for Roe v Wade

NMany writers come to literature festivals to talk about why they never plan to write again. But bestselling crime novelist Don Winslow is doing just that. Saturday afternoon in Santa Fe, author of more than 20 books, including: border, barbarian and his latest work, Burning City — He calmly explains to the audience why he decides to put the pen down.

“Our time now is extremely dangerous. And we cannot choose the times in which we live. I am not a politician. But now is the time to invest my resources elsewhere. “When he says “elsewhere,” Winslow means activism. In his view, when far-right politicians and judges are trying to disenfranchise Americans, “We can’t bring spoons to sword fights anymore.” “.

Winslow isn’t afraid to talk about abortion, a specific issue that currently has a shadow over all cultural discourse. A Supreme Court memo leaked three weeks before the literary festival showed judges plan to overturn the landmark abortion bill, Roe v Wade. Two weeks later, this time the Department of Homeland Security was preparing for a surge in politically motivated violence following a 1973 ruling that stipulated the U.S. government’s constitutional protections for women seeking abortion in another leaked memo issued by Axios. I did. is overthrown The fact that preparations for the abolition of the right to abortion are in full swing in the United States are alarming many. And already emboldened by the promises of Noihu’s future, governors are pushing legislation unimaginable just a decade ago. Most notably, Oklahoma lawmakers passed the toughest bill in US history on May 20, banning all abortions except: Rape, incest, or saving your mother’s life. Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement following the news that Oklahoma was “the first state in the United States to completely outlaw abortion while Roe was still standing.”

“I am well aware that people like Kamala Harris and other women can defend themselves perfectly.” Winslow speaks on stage in New Mexico. “They are smarter than me and stronger than me… I want them to know they don’t have to do it alone. I want other men to speak. I’m talking about white men like me. They will join this fight. Not in a narrow-minded, patriarchal way, but we will fight on their side.”

Winslow’s speeches are a welcome addition to the conversation, and too often only women. And while the courage of women to speak out for reproductive rights is undeniable, it is also true that little can be achieved if men are not willing to fight by our side.

Margaret Atwood fans praise the author’s comments on Roe vs Wade.

The festival’s star speaker, Margaret Atwood, thanked Buddhist activist Roshi Joan Halifax for “putting this issue directly on our faces.” And it’s fair to say that few have worked to bring more women’s rights into public consciousness than Atwood, who wrote her dystopian novels. maiden’s story And testament In a world where forced pregnancies are commonplace, he still writes 30 political articles a year for various publications. Atwood speaks frankly about what could happen if Roe v Wade is overturned. If abortion is a criminal offense, “you get people to blame for having an abortion,” she said before mimicking a potential intimidator.

Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale is one of 70 selected books. (Ian West/PA)

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Atwood never ponders her words. “As far as I can tell, this is a reward for MeToo,” she said, speaking at her first Santa Fe Literature Festival. A week ago, she published an excerpt from an essay from her upcoming collection. burning question, She compares women who cannot have abortions to slaves or unwanted conscripts. “Women who can’t decide for themselves whether or not to have children are slaves,” she said. “Because the state asserts ownership of their bodies and the right to dictate what they should be used for,” she said. “…force procreation if you wish, but at least call that coercion as it is. It’s a slave: claim to own and control another’s body and profit from its claim.”

Atwood adds in his essay: No woman would choose to have a happy hour on a Saturday night. But no one likes a woman who bleeds to death on the bathroom floor as a result of an illegal abortion.” In her few short sentences, she expertly deconstructs the central idea of ​​a “life support” cause, a cause that doesn’t really protect the lives of innocent young babies as much as it drives hundreds of desperate women to a painful underground death. And she even exposed the hypocrisy of Supreme Court judges that, on a Saturday afternoon at a literary festival, she said Atwood wanted to uphold the original intentions of the Constitution. [as it is and apply it]Many will lose their rights, including all women and people without property.”

The “Roe” story of the Roe v Wade Act is fascinating in its own right, and a true example of the complex relationship between America and women’s liberty. Norma McCorvey took the pseudonym Jane Roe when she filed her case with the Supreme Court, arguing that the state ban on abortion is unconstitutional. She won her case too late to abort her own pregnancy, and she eventually gave birth to her child by the time she was adopted. In a bizarre twist, years after the verdict, she publicly announced that she had become a “life supporter,” and spoke of what she felt regretted for helping to legalize the process, as she shared several Years have been spent in life support circuits.

In another Atwoodian or Winslowian twist, McCorvey made a “death confession” to a documentary producer who went to film the last months of a terminal illness in front of a camera in 2020. McCorvey received money she couldn’t refuse from her anti-abortion campaign and she was instructed to simply appear in the case and repeat a few words about her regrets, she said. If she asks me to say something in front of the camera, I will do it,” she said.

Don Winslow speaking at the Santa Fe Literature Festival


“Roe”‘s final confession reveals what the anti-abortion movement is. Obscene, controlling and immoral. If the new conservative Supreme Court overturns her ruling in 2022, it will be more important than ever to respect her last words. Thankfully, many public figures are ready to make it to the finals.

“I’ve never seen a bully with two people standing next to each other without caring about 20, 200, 2,000, 20,000,000,000,000,” Winslow says. “And we have those numbers, and we have to use them.”

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.

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