Saturday Night Live poked fun at the Supreme Court by comparing the renewed abortion debate to the medieval times following the leak of an opinion draft indicating the high court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.
One of skits on the NBC comedy show took viewers back to a castle in 1235 where an anti-abortion law was being discussed. Another mocked Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett's views on abortion.
"We now go to that profound moment of moral clarity, almost a thousand years ago, which laid such a clear foundation for what our laws should be in 2022,” a voice over says for the cold open that took place in the 13th century.
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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch and cast members Andrew Dismukes and James Austin Johnson portrayed medieval nobles. Actress Cecily Strong played a townswoman joining in on the abortion conversation.
"While I was cleaning the hole on the side of the castle where we poop and it falls through the sky into a moat of human feces, I started to think about abortion,” Cumberbatch said. “Don’t you think we should make a law against it?”
As the other nobles began to weigh their approval, Strong questioned why the decision would not be up to the women as "having a baby means like a 50% chance of dying."
"I don’t understand why everyone’s obsessed with this issue. No one can read or write and everyone’s dying of plague," she said.
In a nod to recent discussions over coronavirus vaccinations, Dismukes asked: "Oh, you think just because I have active plague that means that I need to wear a mask? It’s my body, my choice.”
Another short skit, during the Weekend Update segment, had cast member Kate McKinnon portraying Barrett.
Her rendition of the Trump appointee spoofed at the justice's views on abortion with outlandish comments on dropping unwanted babies off at different locations from a Ferris wheel to a mailbox, once abortion is illegal.
"You are a murderer if you have an abortion. But you’re not a murderer if you put a baby in a bag in a mailbox," McKinnon said. "Just give it to a stork and the stork will give it to a lesbian. I would think the lesbians would be happy because now there’s more babies for them to adopt until we ban that too.”
May 8, 2022
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At the end of Saturday night's episode, Cumberbatch and other cast members were seen wearing shirts with 1973 displayed across the front, an nod to the year Roe v. Wade was decided.