Get Ready for the Return of the Abortion Novel

Source: Quillette
by Kevin Mims

“In the years before the US Supreme Court ruled that it was a constitutionally guaranteed right, the subject of abortion cropped up quite regularly in American popular fiction. It played a role in plenty of bestsellers, including Peyton Place and The Valley of the Dolls, and it factored into the plots of a number of fascinating lesser-known novels. After 1973, however, the ethical dilemmas produced by an unplanned pregnancy began to fade from contemporary American fiction. When the topic did arise, it was usually in historical novels like The Cider House Rules, or in stories set in some dystopian future, like the one depicted in The Handmaid’s Tale. Alternatively, it was treated as a political subject, and not as a matter of existential dread. Now that the Supreme Court seems to be ready to overturn Roe v. Wade, that may be about to change.” (05/05/22)