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What are some real-world conflicts in the book Unwind.

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I would say that one of the main real-world conflicts that Unwind wrestles with is the issue of abortion.  Before chapter 1 even begins, readers are told that a second civil war has occurred.  On one side of the conflict was the Pro-life army, and the other faction was the Pro-choice army.  Interestingly, neither side won the war.  A treaty of sorts was created called The Bill of Life.  

The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched
from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen.

However, between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, a parent may choose to retroactively "abort" a child . . .

Readers are told that this agreement appeased both sides of the conflict.  Children must be born, but abortion can still happen between the ages of 13 and 18.  

It would seem that the Pro-life faction would never agree to such a thing.  Why would a Pro-life supporter think that aborting a teenager is okay? The answer is that "unwinding" is possible....

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