“Although I eventually completed this novel and called it The Handmaid’s Tale, I stopped writing it several times, because I considered it too far-fetched. Silly me. Theocratic dictatorships do not lie only in the distant past: There are a number of them on the planet today. What is to prevent the United States from becoming one of them?” Margaret Atwood in The Atlantic: I Invented Gilead. The Supreme Court Is Making It Real. “It is now the middle of 2022, and we have just been shown a leaked opinion of the Supreme Court of the United States that would overthrow settled law of 50 years on the grounds that abortion is not mentioned in the Constitution, and is not ‘deeply rooted’ in our ‘history and tradition.’ True enough. The Constitution has nothing to say about women’s reproductive health. But the original document does not mention women at all.”

+ Texas can launch more investigations into families of trans kids, state Supreme Court says.