Margaret Atwood argues that ‘Enforced childbirth is slavery’ – what do you think about this statement?

In a recent article, Atwood argues that enforced childbirth is a form of slavery. Here’s the context:

We say that women “give birth”. And mothers who have chosen to be mothers do give birth, and feel it as a gift. But if they have not chosen, birth is not a gift they give; it is an extortion from them against their wills.

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.

What do you think about this statement?

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