Ethics for Republicans

Ethics for Republicans

BORS ©2012 Matt Bors. Reprinted by permission of Universal Uclick for UFS. All rights reserved.

By Marge Piercy

An embryo is precious;
a woman is a vessel.

A fertilized egg is a person;
a woman is indentured to it.

An embryo is sacred until birth.
After that, he/she is on their own.

Abortion is murder. Rape,
incest are means to an end:

that precious fertilized egg
housed in an expendable body.

Let us make babies and babies
and babies; chlldren are something

else, probably future criminals,
probably welfare cheats whose

education hikes taxes. You
can freely dispose of them.

Marge Piercy’s 18th poetry book, “The Hunger Moon: New & selected poems 1980-2010,” was released by Knopf last spring and is scheduled for paperback release this spring. Several of her books, including “The Crooked Inheritance,” “The Moon Is Always Female,” “What Are Big Girls Made Of” and others, are in Knopf paperback. Piercy has published 17 novels, recently “Sex Wars”; two early novels, “Dance The Eagle To Sleep” and “Vida,” have just been republished with new introductions by PM Press. Her memoir, “Sleeping With Cats,” was published by Harper Perennial. Her work has been translated into 19 languages. She gives numerous readings, workshops and occasional speeches here and abroad. See

Matt Bors is a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist based in Portland, Oregon. He collaborated with war correspondent David Axe on the graphic novel War Is Boring and is the comics journalism editor at


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“Merle Hoffman has always known that in a democracy, we each have decision-making power over the fate of our own bodies. She is a national hero for us all.” —Gloria Steinem

In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade and a country divided, Merle Hoffman, a pioneer in the pro-choice movement and women’s healthcare, offers an unapologetic and authoritative take on abortion calling it “the front line and the bottom line of women’s freedom and liberty.” 

Merle Hoffman has been at the forefront of the reproductive freedom movement since the 1970s. Three years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion through Roe v. Wade, she helped to establish one of the United States’ first abortion centers in Flushing, Queens, and later went on to found Choices, one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive women’s medical facilities. For the last five decades, Hoffman has been a steadfast warrior and fierce advocate for every woman’s right to choose when and whether or not to be a mother.