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“Saturday Night Live” became a medieval draft by Judge Samuel Alita that leaked to a Supreme Court draft that would overturn Roe v. Wade this weekend.
In the cold outdoors, the show noticed that Alito quoted 13–century treatise of Henry de Bracton which in his opinion mentions the punishment for the murder of a fetus.
“All reputable state authorities describe abortion after resuscitation as a crime,” Alito wrote in his opinion. “Henry de Bracton’s 13th-century treatise explains that if a person ‘hit a pregnant woman or gave her poison, causing an abortion, if the fetus is already formed and animated – and especially if revived – he commits murder.’
Instead of imitating current political figures in most cold openings, the sketch show traveled to the 13th century to visualize Alit’s historical reference, which he sarcastically called “a moment of clarity, nearly a thousand years ago, that laid such clear foundations for our laws.” should be 2022.
The sketch was opened by guest host Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) dressed in medieval attire in what appeared to be an English castle wondering similarly dressed cast members James Austin Johnson and Andrew Dismukes whether there should be an anti-abortion law.
“Like the law we have against spiked shoes?” Johnson asked.
“Or the law that if you hunt deer in the royal forest they cut off your genitals?” Dismukes added.
Cumberbatch said he wanted to create a law that would “stand the test of time” and that people would look back hundreds of years and say, “This one doesn’t need to be updated at all. They nailed it back in 1235.”
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As the three of them spoke about possible punishments for women who had abortions, Cumberbatch said, “The worst thing that could happen is for someone to leak this conversation to a city spokesman.”
With a dramatic thunderbolt, Kate McKinnon’s cast entered the room theatrically, waving their arms like a sorceress.
“My God, ogri!” Cumberbatch cried, convincing him that she was just a “woman in her 30s.”
Still, she argued that she could see the future and that anti-abortion laws would one day be repealed “by something called progress” and that about 50 years after that “it would be like we might have to repeal progress”.
She added that “no matter how many choices we take away from women, we always have a choice to keep fighting!”
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Cumberbatch called McKinnon’s speech “inspiring,” but said he suddenly realized she was a witch and “we’ll set you on fire!”
Cumberbatch was the guest of the episode, and Arcade Fire was the musical guest.