A Cruel New Policy

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Marybeth walked down the street feeling sick to her stomach. There was so much going through her mind- all of it bad. She didn’t want to be pregnant. If she hadn’t… it was too difficult to think about. It was easier to focus on the shame. Her parents would probably disown her.

Planned Parenthood loomed ahead of her. No one was outside. A surge of relief swept through her and she found herself breathing a little easier. Ever since Republicans had encouraged the ‘Shame the Sinner’ policy, a woman that dared to enter any Planned Parenthood ran the risk of having their picture taken and smeared all over the internet. Slut-tagging, as it was known on Facebook was rivaled only by the viral immediacy of twitter when it came to the newest form of public shame. Even the dozens of suicides that followed hadn’t deterred anyone from snapping pictures. Marybeth wasn’t even sure if it was illegal, she just knew that it couldn’t be stopped.

Dashing across the street she lunged for the door as a voice yelled, “Surprise!”

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  1. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Very imaginative, or is this actually happening? I hope not, though I wouldn’t put it past some people. Really nice job using the tags and a cliffhanger to entice a sequel out of someone.

  2. Avatar Robert Quick

    At this point I hope that it only exists in my imagination. I almost didn’t write this because of the possible repercussions. I’d feel awful if someone read my story and said “Now that’s a good idea,” but I’m not responsible for other people’s behavior either. Thanks for the kind words!

  3. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Wow, completely plausible. It’s a sad state when that is imaginable..

  4. Avatar cthulhuburger

    I agree with the other commenters. It’s a sad reflection on our society when a story as appalling as this sounds completely plausible.

  5. Avatar Ambrosia Dawn

    Ooph, I feel a little queasy at the idea of it. I love how you balanced the term “policy” against the idea of internet bullying and pushing strangers to the point of suicide through trial by internet tactics (which, I should imagine, would be far more brutal than simple trial by media – or are the two one in the same these days?).