Vigilante Birth Control

(a logical addendum to the Texas Heartbeat Act)


Fifth Estate # 410, Fall, 2021


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