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A Thoughtful Discussion
INT. CAFETERIA - DAY
A large noisy high school cafeteria. Friend groups are easily distinguished from each other by empty seats in between.
Two friends, A and B, sit diagonally from each other.
(To the general friend group)
So, did you guys hear about the protests in D.C. last week?
B finishes the last of his pizza and wipes his mouth with a napkin.
(Responds directly to A)
Protests on what? Theres been quite a few recently.
A realizes that everyone else in the group is on their phones.
(Focuses the discussion directly with B)
Abortion. Speaking of which …
It’s a difficult topic to reach a consensus.
B rolls his hands together and puts them under his chin like a stand. He looks at A and listens.
B, what is your opinion on abortion?
Personally, I’m against it. As you said it’s difficult to reach a consensus since people from different generations have a different viewpoint on this.
But, look, B. You and I are from the same …
(Cuts A off)
Yes, I know we’re from the same generation, but I mean… We’re influenced by, you know, culture and personal experiences… But I take it that you’re pro-abortion?
So why don’t we start by having you tell me your reason?
So first of all, I’d like to establish that being pregnant and giving birth can sometimes cause a woman to die. Do you agree?
Yea, go on.
And when a woman is raped, should she be allowed to abort the baby?
Yea, there should be exceptions.
So then why do some babies get to die, while others live?
(A little confused)
What do you mean?
Like, in general, what gives you, or anyone, the right to decide that one child can live while the other dies? Also, what if some people pretended that they were raped, even during a court case? They could take an oath and still lie. Nobody could find out.
Yea, I understand the lying part, but I’m still thinking about the first thing…
That’s why it’s such a finicky topic and hasn’t been resolved yet.
The lunch bell rings. Everyone cleans up, grabs their bags, and heads out to their next classes.