Poet Monica McClure Boldly Confronts The Problem With How We Discuss Abortion

April 16, 2015 1:21 PM

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Poet Monica McClure Boldly Confronts The Problem With How We Discuss Abortion

What led you to write this poem? I started writing poems with an intentionally flippant treatment of abortion around that scary time before Obama’s second election when Todd Akin was talking about legitimate rape. I was still working on them when Hobby Lobby denied its employees birth control coverage and when Texas Senator Wendy Davis heroically opposed a Republican attack on women’s health clinics.

You know. The horror of it all continues to our current moment. Everyone likes to compare this right wing faux religious extremist push to medieval times, but I wonder if Medieval times were not better for women. Even though the feudal system was terrible in that it reduced the life of the serf to m...

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