Title: Vigilante Birth Control
Subtitle: (a logical addendum to the Texas Heartbeat Act)
Author: Karin L. Frank
Notes: Fifth Estate #410, Fall, 2021
SKU: FE-0410-00023496-0045-00023769


step up to your place

as bounty hunters,

claim your $10,000 reward.

Grab your knitting needles,

pinking shears and nail files.

Maim, castrate or, if need be, kill,

at your discretion, each man

who approaches you in a

manner indicating he intends to engage

any of your body parts.


you will be preventing abortion

at its conception—

where it starts.

Karin L. Frank’s poems and stories have been published in a wide variety of venues. She lives in the Midwest. (@ldfrankl and karinlfrank.com)