“Trinity” by Karen Green

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   Three. It’s a powerful number. There’s hardly any entity in our world that does not acknowledge the significance of the number three. If you’re a Jew, there are the Three Tribes of Israel. The...

“Threatened Abortion” by Noriko Nakada

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   I didn’t realize I was pregnant until we were moving out of the duplex and into our new condo. After a long day of hauling boxes, I collapsed on the new hardwood floors and tried to understand my...

“The Great Spirit Is My Vow” by Lynn Puhle

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   “You can have all the gold in all the hills, but I will take the smile of this tiny child.” Those were the first words my Mohawk grandfather said to my child when he first held her. Being weeks...

“Vortex” by Cameron Steele

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue “As soon as I was visibly and clearly pregnant, I felt, for the first time in my adolescent and adult life, not-guilty.” – Adrienne Rich This is a good Midwestern neighborhood, our realtor tells us when we...

“A List of Fears” by River Adams

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   I have never been asked, but I know people wonder if all adopted children have a fear of abandonment, if we are all just longing to be loved wherever we can find it. The thing is that I know that I am...

“Damn the Diaphragms” by Kylie Johnson

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   Almost every woman I know remotely or intimately has had at least one, if not multiple, abortions. I’m in the “two” category. Damn those diaphragms. The first was November 1984, just eight months after...