One-Liner Wednesday — Women’s Rights

2BDDE02E-48FB-4AB5-AA5D-A3AC11983B40“Congress should pass a Woman’s Heartbeat Law, which mandates that if a woman has a heartbeat, you can’t ever tell her what she can or cannot do with her own body.”


This quote, from whoever made it, seems particularly relevant these days as state after state, including Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, and North Dakota, have passed laws that make it illegal for a woman to have a legal abortion if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is usually when a fetus is about six weeks old and before many women even know they are pregnant.

Just yesterday, the Alabama State Senate just passed a near-total abortion ban, that provides no exceptions for rape or incest. The bill now heads to Republican Governor, Kay Ivey. If she signs it, which is likely, the bill will become law. Further, the Alabama law would criminalize the procedure, reclassifying abortion as a Class A felony, punishable by up to 99 years in prison for doctors.

And this Alabama law, if signed by the governor, comes hot on the heels Georgia’s new law prohibiting abortions after six weeks and granting full legal personhood to fetuses. The Georgia law goes so far as to hold a woman who travels out of state to obtain a legal abortion to be subject to arrest and prosecution for conspiracy to commit murder, which is punishable by up to ten years in prison.

Welcome to America, the land of the real life Handmaid’s Tale.

Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

FFfAW — The Last Stand

50DBCD92-6482-4F60-B575-D547D4FCED22The small band of rebels reached the mountain’s summit and proudly erected the American flag, knowing full well that this would be their last stand.

It had been three years since The Reformation, when the religious right turned the country into a theonomy. “The Righteous,” as they were known, with the blessing of Queen Ivanka, who assumed the throne after the assassination of her father in 2021, suspended free elections and disbanded the Congress, creating The Assembly of The Righteous. All federal judgeships, even Supreme Court justices, were filled by The Righteous.

After The Reformation, the country was remained The Republic of Gilead, in homage to Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. While the new society wasn’t as dystopian as that in Atwood’s novel, women’s rights were severely curtailed, abortions were deemed capital offenses punishable by execution,  homosexuality was a crime against God and nature, free speech was suspended, and atheists were the enemy of the state.

One of the rebels at the summit pointed towards the horizon. “The battle drones are coming,” he said.

(175 words)

Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers from Priceless Joy. Photo credit: Yinglan.