Split Spine

Fiction by Cat Ennis Sears

The baby in my womb isn’t normal. We know this for sure now. Henry thinks that we should terminate the pregnancy. He always says it that way. He says, “terminate.” He never says, “abortion.” He says spina bifida causes paralysis, the quality of life would be so low, it would be cruel to continue.

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Cat Ennis Sears recently graduated from Emerson College with an M.F.A in fiction writing, where she taught freshman composition and research writing. Her work has appeared in The Chicago Quarterly Review, Bateau, and is forthcoming in Corium Magazine. She received honorable mention in a Glimmer Train short fiction contest and was nominated for the 2011 AWP Intro Journal Awards. She is at work on a collection of historical short stories.