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Shadow Docket

By Mark Blickley

PROMPT — The way I see it ...

Act I:

Shadow language is used in the phrase a woman’s right to choose.

The right to life is not a woman’s issue, only the Lord gives and takes life.

I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.

Obliterate abortion to eliminate gruesome and barbaric medical procedure.

Our enemies once wore white hoods, today they wear white lab coats.

Weapon of mass destruction is the suction machine at Planned Parenthood.

If babies had guns, they would not be aborted.

Do not kill our unborn, we need them to grow up and fight our wars.

Act 2:

It’s time we recognize the Supreme Court is not the Supreme Being.

The most significant thing about abortion in Biblical law is that there is none.

Choice is between a woman and her idea of a higher power.

Get over this love affair with the fetus and start worrying about children.

Respect for the sanctity of life that begins at conception cannot end at birth.

I would not have a beautiful family now if I hadn't had access to abortion.

No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.

Act 3:

Travel in a circle to view life at every possible angle.

* Text by Mark Blickley (with help by collaged quotes from Ronald Reagan, Margaret Meade, Meghan McCain, Marilyn Manson, Steve Stockman, Joycelyn Elders, Mike Huckabee, Margaret Sanger, Jeni Putalavage-Ross, et al.). It is part of an ekphrasis, inspired by this photo by Kellie Scott-Reed.


Mark Blickley grew up within walking distance of New York's Bronx Zoo. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center. His latest book is the flash fiction collection, Hunger Pains (Buttonhook Press). Mark writes from Long Island City, NY.


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