"Restrictions" a poem about reproductive autonomy

Posted June 7, 2019 from United States
Photo by Kelli McClintock on Unsplash
Photo by Kelli McClintock on Unsplash

Restrict our anatomy

With legal deception.

Restrict our rights

To buy contraceptives.


Restrict our clinics

With undue cause. 

Restrict our doctors

With burdensome laws.


Restrict our healthcare

By cutting the budget.

Restrict our souls

With religious judgement.


Restrict our futures

When you limit our body.

Restrict our lives

That you politic and lobby.


Restrict our access

By closing locations.

Restrict our choice

With misinformation.


Restrict our freedom

Dishonor the nation. 


With each restriction

you close a door.

Making us prisoners of 

A reproductive war.


As more and more states within the U.S. (and mainly male politicians) continue to pass restrictive reproductive laws in hopes of reversing the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade, I felt compelled to write a poem.  It is imperative as we discuss a woman's right to reproductive autonomy that we understand and help others understand why they believe a woman's body has fewer/no rights compared to that of a zygote, embryo, and/or fetus.  For many, it is their religious leaders who condemn such autonomy.  It is only when we begin to truly understand the religious leaders intentions that women may finally gain our freedom--both mentally and physically.

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Hello, Asherah,

I love that you provide a description or background why you wrote a certain poem.

Thank you for adding your voice on women’s right to reproductive anatomy. I can really see a book coming from you. Please keep writing!

Jun 08
Jun 08

Thanks Karen! It is my hope that the reader will have a better understanding of my poem when I provide my reasoning, perspective and concerns. Often I link to specific articles, books, or statements that I reference in my poem. I want the reader to enjoy my literary journey with me!

You’re welcomd, dear.
As a reader, it’s helpful to me. Thank you!

Jill Langhus
Jun 08
Jun 08

Hear, hear, Asherah!

I totally agree and love your powerful poem! You may want to consider sharing this in one of the "Raise Your Voices" categories since it's so powerful, like the "Why I Resist" category, to get more exposure to your poem. If so this is the link for that particular category: https://www.worldpulse.com/raise-your-voice/why-i-resist.

Thanks for sharing:-)

Jun 08
Jun 08

Thanks Jill! I'm very new to World Pulse and didn't even know of the "Raise your voices" category. I will do that! Thanks again for your feedback and assistance.

Jill Langhus
Jun 08
Jun 08

You're welcome!


No problem. Let me know if you have any questions...

Hope you have a great weekend!

Maya Iwata
Jun 10
Jun 10

Thank you so much for your poem! Welcome to World Pulse, I saw in the comments that you are newer to our community. I hope you continue to share your poems. I also appreciate you sharing the context of why you wrote it although as a U.S. person I know why, others in our global community might not know although it is something we can all identify with. I was recently at a conference where one of the women activists spoke about the importance of women being able to make decisions about their bodies (with their medical team/doctor), not governments or other people. Thank you for raising your voice.

Beth Lacey
Jun 27
Jun 27

Thank you for sharing. This is a very scary situation we are in

leila Kigha
Jul 11
Jul 11

welcome to world pulse!
thank you for sharing such a powerful poem.
its amazing when women use every tool available to speak out!
keep them coming