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Poetry on the Picketline In the News Tonight

This baby’s mother is a princess.
This baby will not be a prince.
This baby was born in a private hospital.

This baby is defective.
This baby was fixed in utero.
This baby will probably walk.

This baby was never wanted.
This baby was never born.
This baby killed its mother.

On the day I was checking a fact I’d heard from the World Health Organisation that the number of terminations doesn’t go down when access to legal abortion is restricted — the number of dead and damaged women actually goes up – there were three birth-related stories on the BBC news app. My website is and I'm on Twitter @MalikasKitchen

Poetry on the Picket Line is a squad of like-minded poets putting themselves about to read their work on picket lines, in the spirit of solidarity. Invitations to rallies etc welcome, contact The new Poetry on the Picket Line anthology is available at


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