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Monday, March 30, 2015

“The Good Wife” offers a fair representation of the case for life

My wife and I were, for a season or two, big fans of CBS’s “The Good Wife.” However the plot grew so redundant and unimaginative, we turned elsewhere.

But according to Newsbusters’ Kate Yoder, on March 22 we missed a program which “dared to present pro-life arguments in a rational, respectful way.”

Even though members of the cast have history of pro-abortion advocacy, this is not a first, first for “The Good Wife.” Lauren Enriquez  did a masterful job looking at an episode a couple of seasons back about abortion and surrogate parenthood.

The baby the surrogate mother is carrying is diagnosed with Trisomy 13, a chromosomal disorder, and the biological parents insist that an abortion is required per the established terms of their surrogacy agreement. The surrogate flatly refuses. There were plenty of clichés and cheap shots, but the side of life was well represented.

According to Yoder, the March 22 exchange is intelligent and asks good questions. You can see a clip at the Newsbusters site, so let me make a couple of specific and a couple of general statements.

First, the female character Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) is the boss of the lead character Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies). The setting is a hunting retreat in Wyoming. Diane gets into an extending conversation with a man identified only as R.D. which spins off into abortion.

Diane offers the standard triad of pro-abortion retorts but does so in a respectful, collegial way: have you ever seen a woman dead from a back alley abortion? are you saying abortion is murder?; are you going to put women in jail? The only item not pulled out of the rhetorical chest is rape and incest. (I forgot. She also says the Court has upheld the right to abortion since 1973 –Roe v. Wade– to which R.D. responds once upon a time the High Court also upheld Dred Scott.)

R.D. (played by the always entertaining Oliver Platt) refuses to bite or retreat. He begins by asking why a five-month-old fetus is “not a baby?” He talks about the survival rates of babies (fetuses) at five and six months—the same time any woman in America can abort the child.

He keeps saying, in effect, don’t avert your gaze. Look at those whose lives you are taking. And then there’s this:

“Don’t look away from the aborted fetus. Look at it. Why is it not a baby?” he asks.“And why are we kitsch-ifying these babies, and turning ‘em into these cute little Raphael cherubs, and at the same time we’re aborting 1.2 million of them a year?”

When Diane drops into the worst of the worst pro-abortion canards R.D. tells her (in a respectful way) that’s “beneath you.”


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