Editor’s note: This story, despite being very real, is fictional.
Christy walks to the clinic
She will end this pregnancy
Ashley walks across town, pregnant
Her life is snuffed out
Christy signs consent forms
Her body is her own
Driver presses inked fingers to form
Two counts of manslaughter
Sarah lies on the bathroom floor
She grieves her baby’s death
Christy lies on the surgical table
Fetal tissue shredded and gone
Head, limbs, fingers, eyes
Part of a woman’s body?
Or a human being?
It can’t be both.
Editor’s note: This story is part of our November 2016 series ‘Hundreds of Words about The America I Live In’
Kim Smith hails from Upstate NY and loves to ponder life’s mysteries. Reading, knitting, dating her husband, and snuggling with cats are some of her favorite activities.
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