Rebecca Schiller hyperventilates:
Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale seems to have moved from fiction to prophecy, with news of a court case in England that could lead to the prosecution of women who drink alcohol while pregnant.
Oh noes! Can’t women be free to harm their unborn babies without some squaresville court stepping in? What have we come to as a society?
The case, which is largely concerned with moving money from one public pot to another, rests on proving that a mother’s drinking in pregnancy caused criminal harm to her unborn foetus.
You mean, she might have to take some personal responsibility? This injustice cannot stand!
Clare Murphy, director of external affairs at Bpas, points out that becoming pregnant doesn’t suddenly change the context of a woman’s life, and the challenges or addictions she might long have struggled with. Threatening these women with criminal sanctions is not the marker of a civilised society, she adds.
No, clearly, the marker of Clare’s idea of ‘a civilised society’ is that we let women do as they please, never criticise or hold them to account for anything, and clean up their mistakes with taxpayer cash.
Meanwhile, Holly Baxter whines ‘it’s not faaaaair that the Germans despise our wonderful chavs!’:
But just because the Bild journalists see our “vodka cough” and “balcony legs” (the injury someone sustains when jumping from the hotel balcony into the pool – yes, really) as cause for fremdschämen, is it necessary to react as though we’ve been hit where it hurts and hang our heads at our lewd transgressions? Shouldn’t we rather be flying the flag for Prince Harry syndrome and underwear amnesia, proud of the tramp stamps and dolphin tattoos adorning our sunburnt bodies, happy to chug down discount cocktails and increase the load of the plane returning us to our rainy urban lives?
Well, sure. If you have zero self-respect.