What you see below is the one of the last poems I wrote. This one was actually done last year. Ironically, it was written in an unofficially "pro-life", conservative, local hospital waiting room in approximately ten minutes while I awaited my MRI because I was being treated for migraines at the time.
I was also on a deadline. I was going to do my first workshop at an annual abortion providers conference, and I wanted to open it with a real zinger. I decided to start it with a performance art piece that would feature a poem. That environment is just where the poem happened to come to me.Although abortion, by federal law, is legal in all 50 states, each one has gradually made their own rules and restrictions. This has made it more difficult for women every single day. In this case, I was talking specifically about Pennsylvania, who's criterion is one of the toughest...
by Cynthia Rodriguez
fear of conviction
Doctors living in fear,
the protesters near
the entry way—in our face
still fighting for that buffer zone, to put them in their place
A 16 year old, alone, and afraid
Reflecting upon the mistake she just made
consequences of her actions
dreading the reaction,
of her parents
getting permission like a school trip
or it's a trip to the courthouse
they say you're too young,
to make up your own mind
so don't even think of crossing that state line
Pharmacist's refusals of Plan B
Limiting birth control but they cannot see
do not anticipate,
the damage they create...
24 hours you need to wait
The conservative "Right"
would opt to choose your fate
Another clinic fades to black
Another worker gets attacked
The struggle continues but "We won't go back"
Chipping away at Roe vs. Wade
right under our noses,
We've come so far,
just to let it slip away.
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