The Good Wife
A Precious Commodity

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David Lee: "Uh, redirect. Why was the amnio performed so late in the second trimester?"
Doctor: "The first one was in April."
David Lee: "And there was spotting, right? Like might happen if you fucked up?"
Judge: "If the Plaintiffs aren't going to object, I'll do it for them. What's the relevance?"
Everybody: "Wait, what? Where's this going? We don't get it."
Lawyer: "You will."


Alicia: "So we're suing the hospital?"
David Lee: "Obviously I had a weird plan. This is to blame them, so everybody else can settle down."
Alicia: "And you want the child born?"
David Lee: "God no. But your client does, which..."
Alicia: "It means more to the suit, if the child's born."
David Lee: "Yeah, like five times more. $10M if she doesn't abort."
Alicia: "Would this not fall under shit we should tell her?"
David Lee: "She's following her reasoning in defiance of the facts already, how would it even help?"


Lyman, of course, has some weird vaudeville story about a time he got a girl pregnant and sent her to Canada about it. Some other dude who is a Republican that says he isn't one (a RNINO!) does a whole song and dance about giving equal time to anti-choice viewpoints because we're on CBS. David Lee is surprisingly progressive, Alicia keeps her mouth shut, and the other lady partner says a cliché that also happens to be the point: "If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament."

Now, I don't have a lot of opinions about it -- whatever you're doing, just be fully aware of what you're doing -- but I do think that (annoying, overworked) statement strikes at the heart of the matter from a direction it's hard for people to get to: The fact is that arguing the details of abortion is a privilege. When you get suckered into negotiating over how many weeks, or within what boundaries, or what are the circumstances -- or when you bring up fetuses at all -- you're already past the point where women are people. You've already lost the fight, when the terms of the fight become how much of a human being women are, or who is more of a human being, or how much of a human being you're allowed to be.

And I think a lot of even the nuttiest pro-choice rhetoric in this country operates from that perspective, because it's one of those basic human rights things that needs to get fought way at the other end from where it starts: That demonstrating women are human beings -- and that there's nothing scary about that -- means attacking on wage disparity, reproductive rights, and so on. Gay marriage, to me, is less important as a fundamental right and more important as a fundamental sign of being a person, which is why negotiating the hows and whys of gay marriage are depressing, because the hows and whys mean we're already in a space where it's not necessarily true that I am a person.

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