“Who Lives” by Laura Lee Washburn

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue after John Irving Coat hanger, incinerator, knitting needle, forceps, twig, detergent, gasoline, syringe, beatings, punches, steak knife, law, member, -facient, powder, berry, black soot, lye, fishing knife,...

“How We Dare” by Colleen Doty

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   It’s a women’s only event— Men should be allowed. To celebrate international women’s day. I’m outraged men aren’t welcome to attend. How dare you? The event is to honor the struggles faced by those who...

“Miracle of Blood” by Ellie Hudson

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   When I was fifteen, I had a miscarriage. I was probably only 7 weeks in. My boyfriend raped me hard enough to bust the condom. I saw and learned a lot about the world. I felt trapped when I saw the...

“Infant” by Misti Vaughn

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   Drag me through muddy waters to cleanse me of his toxins, more sacred now than ever.   But as this tadpole squirms while the rice collects bad spirits in a jar, just remember that we still have...

“The Universe, a Woman” by Uma Menon

Issue 18 / Summer 2019 / Abortion Ban Protest Special Issue   (i) Prologue They say the universe formed with one big bang but we all know it must have a mother. Listen to the theory of maternal relativity, find power to expand. The blood of the universe has...