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A woman's right to choose? by lancellot
 Category:  Commentary and Philosophy Script
  Posted: March 24, 2015      Views: 421
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Act 1
Scene 3

Setting: Lights brighten on Martin’s basement radio studio. His old microphone and chair are empty. Three small black laptops are on the panel. A series of cords and wires connects the laptops to three cell phones and the control panel.

Enter Martin
Martin sits before his control panel. He reaches up and adjusts a webcam. He flicks a switch on the panel and an image of his face appears on one of the laptop’s screen.  Suddenly several yellow lights begin flashing on the control panel and Martin smiles. He pulls the microphone closer and flips another switch. The words, “On Air” appear on a second screen.

Martin: Good evening, America and hello to all the new listeners tuning in abroad. I welcome you all to the Man Show, where you have my word to keep it real, and keep it honest. Last night after I went off the air, I received a phone call from Kim in New York. Kim is a twenty-seven year-old lady, who is having doubts about what is known as a Woman’s right to choose group she is a member of. Anyway, I asked her to call back tonight, so everyone could hear what she had to say and then we could discuss it.

Martin taps on one of the laptops and names scroll across the screen.

Martin (continues): Ah, I see we have Kim on line twelve.

Martin presses a button next to one of the flashing yellow lights and it turns solid.

Kim: Hello… hello, Mister Man.  Am I on the air?

Martin: Yes you are, Kim, and welcome back. I was just telling the listeners about the topic of a women’s’ right to choose, and that you are a member of… what would you call it, a group or a movement?

Kim: It’s more than a group. It is really a worldwide movement, although my focus is on the laws and rights given in New York and the country right now.

Martin: Why don’t you tell us what the movement means in your view?

Kim: I support a woman's right to choose and a woman's right to have complete authority over her body, and we, my people that is, believe our government should recognize this right for all women. My body belongs to me, not some old man in Washington. We think the state or the federal government should also ensure women have the right to safe abortions and access to contraceptives. It’s My Mind. It’s My Body. It’s My Choice.

Martin leans back in his chair and smile forms on his face.

Martin: Well, that is a mouthful, Kim. While I have my own opinions to what you’ve said and I agree with parts of what you believe. Let’s find out what our listeners have to say. Okay, I’ll go with Samantha on line six.

Martin presses a button on the control panel.

Martin: Hello, Samantha, from Dallas. What do you think about the topic and Kim’s statements?

Samantha: Oh, thank you for taking my call, Martin. I just found your program Friday and I love it.

Martin: Thank you, Samantha. What are your thoughts?

Samantha: First, I will ignore that silly no access lie. There is a Walgreens on every corner. Okay, as a woman and a parent, I think that all life is sacred and a gift from God. That’s my personal belief, but I was young and pregnant once. I know the feeling of being alone with no one to help you take care of a baby, while being no more than a baby yourself. With that in mind, I support Kim, in choosing what to do with her body, but with freedom comes responsibility. If I choose to have a baby, then I am responsible for it. If Kim or anyone else chooses to have an abortion, then they should be responsible for paying for it. That includes choosing to have sex and being responsible for paying for contraceptives. If you’re grown enough to choose to do it, then you’re grown enough to be responsible for it.

Kim: Thank you but I disagree on that last part. The government pays for Viagra for men then…

Samantha: Young lady, Viagra is not a contraceptive. The government doesn’t pay for condoms. They are four dollars for a pack of three.

Kim: I know that. I’m just trying to…

Samantha: Compare apples to oranges to make a point, but all that does is stall the conversation, and while we’re at it. You are not free to choose whatever you want with your body. Legally, it may be your mind, but it is definitely not your body to do with as you please.

Kim: Old lady, you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about. No one owns me. I can do…

Samantha: Whatever! Thank you, Martin. I don’t have time to school this child, I got my own kids to teach. I’ll hang-up and listen.

Martin: You’re welcome, Samantha.

Martin reaches up and closes her line.

Kim: She was very rude and misinformed.

Martin: Well… I don’t know about that, Kim, but if you’re willing, I’ll let one more caller on.

Kim: Fine, but no crazy women.

Martin presses a button next to another flashing light.

Martin: We have Jim on line eight. You’re on Jim; what’s your comment?

Jim: Yeah, Martin, good show and, Kim honey you sound real sweet but I can’t let you off because of that.

Kim: Let me off for what? I stand by my statements. No one, no government, no man has the right to tell me what I can or can’t choose for my body.

Jim: Yeah, I see that, but look-a-here, the government is already telling you what you can’t do with your body. You can’t put certain drugs into it. You can have all the sex you want, but you can’t sell sex, unless you pretend to be a girlfriend or wife or making a movie. I mean you can marry for money and then have sex for a house, car and cash, but you can’t just meet me, and I give you fifty dollars for a good time.

Martin: Fifty dollars? That’s little low ain’t it, Jim?

Jim: Well, you know, Martin, it ain’t payday yet and a brother is a little short right now, but I meant no disrespect to Kim.

Kim: None taken, Jim, but this body would be worth more than you can afford.

Martin: But you get his point, Kim? I’m going let you go, Jim. Thanks for calling in.

Jim: All right, Martin. Peace Kim.

Martin reaches up and closes Jim’s line.

Kim: I think people don’t really understand what our movement is about. We are about safe abortions and health care. No woman chooses to be a prostitute. They are forced into it. They are victims of male dominance and objectification.

Martin: Male dominance? I think I’m going to have to play devil’s advocate on this one. How do you know no woman chooses to be a prostitute?

Kim: I’ve seen studies that show seventy to seventy-five percent of sex workers were coerced or forced physically or for financial reasons into prostitution.

Martin: Okay, I’m going to table the forced for financial reasons part for now, because I think half the world would not be working if not for financial reasons.

Kim: Yeah, but these women were poor and sex work was all they could do to support themselves. So that makes them practically slaves.

Martin: Over half the men in the NBA and NFL came from poverty and have no skills at doing anything else. Are they slaves? They get paid to abuse their bodies all the time for our pleasure, and let’s not even talk about boxers. These fields are all legal and no one is denying that these, once poor men, chose their professions. But then there is a lot of money involved for the masses with those… professions isn’t there?

Kim: That’s different. Those people aren’t being penetrated like pin cushions for perverse wants. That is morally wrong and should be illegal…

Martin: But, Kim, saying prostitution is morally wrong and therefore should be illegal, despite the at least twenty-five percent who choose to do it, is the same argument that Pro-life advocates use against you.

Kim, you can’t say it’s my body to do what I want, but then deny other women the right to do what they want with their bodies. How are you different from your opponents?

Kim: We are different because… and I don’t know how this became about prostitution, but what we stand for is right. I oppose prostitution because that isn’t good for any woman. She should not have to choose that life, even if she’s not forced. She should get counseling and support in training her mind to think right, so she will not want to let men use her as a sexual object. Prostitution is illegal for a reason and those men who support it are evil.

Martin: What about strippers, Playboy centerfolds, and women who freely choose to…

Kim: Men have brainwashed some women into thinking they are making free choices but we can fix them, teach them, and train them to make the right choices. Even if we have to use the courts to order women into re-education… um… training centers for their own good, then so be it.

Martin’s control panel suddenly explodes with dozens of flashing yellow caller lights.

Martin: Oh, I think that hit a nerve. The panel is going crazy. Unfortunately, my body is demanding I take a break. But before I go, I’m reminded of the sage words of my late granny.

She said, “Baby, the only people worse than those who knowingly serve the devil are those who don’t know they are serving the devil. You may convince the first to switch sides, but the second will never turn because they already believe they walk with angels.”

This is Martin the man, and I’ll be back.

Fade to Black


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Author Notes
Not meant to take sides.
Pays one point and 2 member cents.

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