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ABORTED2 5'?m2f A look at the future of abortion

LIZ -- (enters backward, points to opposite exit) This way?
Here?

AMY -- (enters opposite, crosses to Liz) Hello, I'm Amy Wilkins.

LIZ -- (turns) Oh, hi.

AMY -- And you must be Elizabeth Johnson.

LIZ -- (confused) Yes. How did you... They just... (points back
to exit) She just...

AMY -- Welcome to Genatek. (extends hand)

LIZ -- (shakes, distracted, looking around) Oh, ah, thank you.

AMY -- I'll be your contact person in the human resources
department. Let me show you around the office, then I'll 
train you on your job duties. (turns, walks, points) The copy 
machines are in there. The break room is there (points, notices 
that Liz is not following). Is something wrong?

LIZ -- (awed) Oh, I'm sorry. (steps toward Amy) I'm a little...

AMY -- Bewildered?

LIZ -- Yes. I came in here to apply for a job. And three minutes
later I'm on the payroll.

AMY -- It's a little overwhelming, I know. The same thing 
happened to me when I started. Genatek uses state of the art 
computers to match the applicant with the job. So, the match up 
is lightening fast and very accurate. I'm sure you'll find your 
new job to be a perfect match for your genetic makeup.

LIZ -- But how did they know? I didn't take any tests or even
fill out any forms.

AMY -- No, but you did donate a drop of blood.

LIZ -- You mean the blood test....

AMY -- A drop of blood gave us a complete genetic profile of
your temperament, your interests, your vocational aptitudes,
everything the computer needs to match you with your ideal job.

LIZ -- Oh, wow.

AMY -- (turns, walks) Now, where were we? The office supplies
are in there. (points) The reference library is.... (notices
that Liz is lagging) Is there a problem?

LIZ -- (catches up) Oh, ah, I'm sorry, I was just noticing all
the empty desks and offices.

AMY -- Yes?

LIZ -- I thought unemployment was high and a lot of people were
looking for jobs these days.

AMY -- That's right.

LIZ -- Then, why all the empty desks? Couldn't you find people
for these jobs among the unemployed?

AMY -- No. Genatek job descriptions require an exact match for 
temperaments, interests and aptitudes. We've done a rather 
thorough search and recruitment and we simply could not find any 
people with the exact profile to fit those jobs.

LIZ -- What will you do?

AMY -- Our computer programmers are working overtime to
redesign the work force around those remaining in the available
gene pool.

LIZ -- Redesign? I... I don't understand.

AMY -- It's a little difficult to explain. But you might say
that there was a kind of miscalculation.

LIZ -- A miscalculation? I thought Genatek's computers were
cutting edge, state-of-the-art.

AMY -- Actually, the computers merely made some inaccurate
assumptions.

LIZ -- I... I don't understand.

AMY -- About twenty years ago, Genatek engineers envisioned this 
ideal company whose work force was designed around the human 
genome. The computers took genetic information from men and 
women of child-bearing age and calculated the probable genetic 
makeup of their children, who would become the workers of today. 
To make a long story short, the computers knew twenty years ago 
that you would be applying for a job today.

LIZ -- Me. Me in particular?

AMY -- Well, the computers knew your exact genetic make-up, 
including your sex.

LIZ -- Isn't that amazing?! But what about all these empty 
desks? The computers obviously expected workers that weren't 
born. Did the computers underestimate the number of pregnancies?

AMY -- No. Actually, the pregnancy rates were amazingly
accurate.

LIZ -- What was the problem then?

AMY -- One in four pregnancies ended in abortion.

LIZ -- Oh.

AMY -- We didn't realize what we were doing to the human gene
pool until it was too late. We know now that some of those
babies would have grown up to contribute great things to our
society. For instance, those two empty offices over there
(points) would have paid six-figure salaries.

LIZ -- And now there's noone with those talents?

AMY -- Lost forever. But the empty desk next to yours was an 
even more tragic loss.

LIZ -- How do you mean?

AMY -- The computer predicted that after one year at that desk,
she would have...

LIZ -- She? You mean the person at that desk was predicted to be
a woman?

AMY -- Yes, most aborted babies are girls. That's why it was so
ironic that the women's movement was fooled into supporting
abortions. Anyway, the computer predicted that SHE would have
spent one year at the desk next to yours, then become the
youngest corporate CEO in history.

LIZ -- But she was never born....

AMY -- Her talents, skills, her leadership will be lost forever.
And that's not to mention the leaders of the future who could
have inherited her genes.

LIZ -- If we'd only known.

AMY -- Well, (points to far exit, crosses) let's get you
situated and talk about your future.

LIZ -- (exiting) My future.... It's amazing what we take for 
granted.
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