Skit/Monologue - Life Is An Option


LIFE IS AN OPTION
(Written By: Darlene Johnson-Jefferson)
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(Monica rushes through the door with bags in her hands.  She makes her way to the front of the group.)

MONICA
(putting her bags down) I'm sorry I'm late but I had to get a few things and traffic was terrible on 121.  Any who I am here to open a discussion on making wise decisions.  This clinic is a little different than your average clinic because we believe that a wise decision produces better results and doing things on emotions produces rational results.

VOICE OVER 1
(impatient tone) Look, I am on tight schedule and I need to take care of this right away.

MONICA
I understand and we are not here to force anyone to do something that they don't want to do.  So if you feel like you need to leave go right ahead.  Just remember that if you do this now, you won't have anyone to blame but yourself.

VOICE OVER 2
I don't know why I am here.  I am a grown woman and this is my body.  I can do whatever I want to do with it.  I don't need anyone's permission.

MONICA
Yes, you are grown and yes, (points outward) that is your body and you should be able to do with it whatever you want, BUT your body, based on the Word of God has one permanent occupant, that is if you are a child of God and he is the Holy Spirit. I Corinthians 6:19 let's us know that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.  Additionally, for the next 6 or 7 months all of you have a baby growing on the inside of you and whether you want to believe it or not from the time of conception, that fertilized egg was destined to become a human being.

VOICE OVER 1
It's not a human being.  I am only 2 months pregnant and this.. THING inside of me is not fully developed.

MONICA
(shocked) This thing! Excuse me! (pauses) Wow. Okay, that boy or girl is a living creation and not a thing.  Although it is not fully developed, he or she is developed.  All of you were given pamphlets on the growth history of your baby.  You babies have arms, legs and a body with working organs.

VOICE OVER 2
(loud harsh tone) This is not my baby!

MONICA
Yes, your baby!  That living breathing soul that is growing on the inside of you is apart of you.  He or she may grow up to have your eyes, your smile, your body shape and even your attitude.  Let's pray that don't happen.

VOICE OVER 2
What!

MONICA
Look, my job is to make sure that you understand that this "thing" (shakes her head) OMG! Wow! that is growing inside of you is alive.  He or she may not be "fully" developed, can't talk right now or even walk, but he or she has rights and should be given the opportunity to live.  When you choose to abort an unborn child, you are exercising your rights by overrulling theirs.

VOICE OVER 1
This baby has no rights! Please! Besides I have a great life and a baby will complicate things right now.
   
MONICA
So killing your unborn child would make it better.

VOICE OVER 1
Excuse me!

MONICA
Although your child is unborn, he or she is still alive.  When you have an abortion, you are literally ripping your unborn child from your body.  You stop your child from living and the opposite of life is death.  Can you really live with the thought of ending the life of your unborn child just to maintain a certain financial or social status OR because your husband or boyfriend don't want any kids.  You should of thoguth about tht before you had unprotected sex.  If you don't want your child, then give the baby up for adoption.  Give your baby a chance to live just as your mother gave you a chance to live.

VOICE OVER 2
Who are you? You don't even know me or what I am going through. Standing there judging us.

MONICA
I am not judging you. I am trying to help you and yes, I do know what you are going through, but unfortunately for me, I didn't have anyone to talk to me.  My life was perfect and my husband and I had everything we needed except children.  I wanted at least one child, but he didn't want any more.  He has 2 children already who live with their mother who he was not married to.  So one day, I found out I was pregnant and I kept it from my husband.  I was so afraid and confused that I confided in a co-worker so my family wouldn't know.  If they didn't know, then I knew for sure my husband would not find out.  She told me about this clinic that was cheap and fast, so I went.

VOICE OVER 1
So you do understand.  That's why I need to do this.

MONICA
It seems like the only option at the time, but that one decision changed me for the rest of my life.  Not only did I get rid of the unborn child, but I can't have any more children.  The procedure messed me for life.

VOICE OVER 2
I am so sorry.

MONICA
I cried so much at the beginning that I made myself sick.  For years I would look at other children and wonder what would my child have look like.  Was it a girl or boy? I couldn't shake it and became very depressed and I isolated myself from everyone especially my husband.  Eventually, my husband found out about the abortion and left me a year later.  (pauses and sniffs) I am so sorry.  Anyway, this is a choice that only you can make.  Someone will come in and show you a short clip of the abortion process.

(Monica walks off but pauses)

MONICA
I don't normally do this, but I am being led to pray.  If you don't want me to pray for you, you can leave the room and go sit in the lobby.

(Monica smiles because everyone stayed)

MONICA
Okay (takes a deep breathe)  Please, bow your heads down.  Heavenly Father, thank you for this opportunity.  I am asking you to speak to your daughters right now.  They need to know that you love them and are here with them in the midst of what they are going through. 



MONICA (continue)
Order their steps so that they can make the right decision according to your Will.  Holy Spirit have your way.  Thank you for answering our prayers.  In Jesus name.  AMEN.

VOICE OVER 1 and 2
AMEN

MONICA
(rubbing the tears from her eyes) Thank you for allowing me to speak with you.  I will let them know that you are ready for the next step.

(Monica turns and begins to walk out of the room.)

VOICE OVER 1
Wait!
 (Monica stops, turns and slowly walks toward the group)

VOICE OVER 1
That's not necessary

VOICE OVER 2
I agree!  I want my baby to live.

VOICE OVER 1
I'm sorry

VOICE OVER 2
Me too

MONICA
It's okay.  You are forgiven.  (with a big grin looks up at the ceiling) Thank you Jesus!

(soft song comes as the lights goes dim)

THE END!!!

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