It’s no surprise that “Saturday Night Live” kicked off its Mother’s Day episode by tackling one of the biggest stories of the year: the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion suggesting that judges set to overturn Roe v. Wade of 1973, which guarantees the right to Abortion.
The sketch opened with a voiceover referencing Judge Samuel Alito quoting a medieval jurist in his argument to overturn the decision. Cut to Benedict Cumberbatch, for the second time as host, as a 13th century townsman with a bowl haircut, chatting with two other simpletons about abortion to provide “moral clarity”.
Perhaps a law should be created, suggests Andrew Dismukes, “like the one we have against wearing pointy shoes”.
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“We should make a law,” Cumberbatch said, “that will stand the test of time, so that hundreds and hundreds of years from now they will say: no need to update this at all, they nailed it down in 1235.”
You get the essentials. Cecily Strong joins the party, saying, “I have a few questions,” to which Cumberbatch deadpans replies, “Margaret, don’t make us put another hole in your skull so your brain can breathe.”
Then Kate McKinnon rushes into view. ” An ogre ! shout the fools. “No,” she said, “I’m just a woman in my thirties.”
On a more serious note, her character lands with a plea: “No matter how many choices they take away from women, we still have a choice to keep fighting.”
The fools conclude that she is a witch and that she must be set on fire.
Later in the show, Kate McKinnon debuted as Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett on “Weekend Update,” sharing her satisfaction with the decision.
“If you get pregnant and you’re not married, you don’t have to go to a weird convent anymore,” McKinnon’s Barrett told presenter Colin Jost, noting shelter laws. “You can leave a baby anywhere in the United States. What’s the problem ? … Do your nine, leave it on the sidewalk.”
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