Margaret Atwood states forced Childbirth is Enslavement
A summary/opinion of Margaret Atwood's excerpt: Burning Questions
The major question on verybody’’s plate is what to do about abortion. Nobody seems to like abortion even when it is done safely and legally. Women also wouldn’t necessarily choose it as their go-to activity for a Saturday night. Then, we have the side of the defenders of the abortion legality: nobody likes women bleeding to death on the bathroom floor from illegal abortions.
What kind of country do you want to live in?
Every individual is free to make decisions concerning his or her health and body?
Half the population is free and the other half is enslaved?
Those women who cannot make their own decision are the ones in question of enslavement because states claim ownership of their bodies and what they can do to their bodies. The only relatable argument that can be formed by men is their forcing into registering into an army. However, what most people neglect, is the fact that both risk an individual’s life. At least with the military sign up you get food, clothing, and some form of shelter. Even criminals get those rights though.
If a state mandates forced birth, why should it not pay for the childcare for the child birthed? Why shouldn’t it pay for postnatal care? Why should the government or state not pay for the upbringing of an orphaned child? The state seems to glorify their love for children but fails to defend the lives and honor of the women who have the babies, especially those providing the most life to earth - those in poverty.
The government and the state are not willing to go as far as to provide the resources requested by the mothers. Instead, it will force women to have babies and then make them pay - thus keeping them in the enslaved loop. A child is a gift, but a gift that cannot be rejected is not a gift, but a symptom of tyranny. Women will consider giving birth a gift as well if done so under their own conditions. When the birth occurs at the hand of the state, it is a form of unforgivable extortion from them against their will.
No one is forcing women to have abortions. No one either should force them to undergo childbirth. Enforce childbirth if you wish but at least call that enforcing by what it is. It is slavery: the claim to own and control another’s body, and to profit by that claim.
This is a personal opinion on the excerpt: Burning Questions by Margaret Atwood, published by Chatto & Windus.