“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...

“The Bean” by Kenia Burke

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   I thought of it as punishment, had I been walking the right path I wouldn’t be in this predicament. I questioned God’s use of me and my body. That was only my second mistake in the story. My first was...

“On Storms, Choice, and Motherhood” by S. Jordan

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   The night I went into labor, a week early, I drove myself to the hospital, down streets devoid of people, thinking it was a false alarm. My son arrived with two whorls of hair atop his head, like twin...