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The Choice

Written by: B. Teresa VanWagner

Character Breakdown

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Jack:
Young male (17-25 years old). High school basketball player with plans to attend college on a scholarship. His girlfriend get pregnant and he's hoping it all goes away if he doesn't really address the issue, only supply support for the girl he loves.

Jane:
Young female (17-25years old). High school student. She's trying to deal with that fact that she's pregnant and young. She's listening to everyone around her hoping to find peace in a direction that she will end up taking. She's on the fence about aborting the baby but she's caught up with the advice of her parents to follow through and seek her future plans. She reaches out to her Christian friend who’s voice is very different from everyone else’s but it drowns out the rest including her parents and the lack of direction from her boyfriend.

Kayla:
Young female (17-25years old). She is the Christian friend of Jane. The subject matter is very close to her heart. She can not stand the idea of someone killing a person without a voice. Every week, she and a group of her church friends go out for prayer at the abortion clinic. She's is a kind and gentle person. Her physical being is led by her spiritual being.

EXTRA:

Voices for parents
Voice for basketball coach
Quiet prayer demonstrators.

 

 

The Choice

Written by: B. Teresa VanWagner

 

The first scene. opens up with a young man and young woman embracing each other in front of the passenger door of an automobile. The age bracket of the couple is seventeen to 18 years old. The young woman’s cell phone rings and she answers. She places the phone on the top of the automobile.

Jane
Hello Mom. What’s up?...Yeah, we’re on our way right now…Yeah we’re fine…I know Mom…I know…You don’t need to say it, again. I get it, We get it….[Sigh]…Hey dad…Dad! I just told mom Jack and I are on our way…I gotta let you go, we’re going to be late. Yeah it does…okay, hold on. (She puts the phone on speaker).

Dad
Hello, hello. Can you two here me. Jack?

Jack
I hear you, Mr. Kahn.

Dad
Good, I want you both to be able to hear me. Jane, your mom and I want you two to know that you two are making the right decision…We’re behind you 100%. And Jack, we’ve talked with your parents…so, everyone’s on the same page. This is best for everyone.

Jane
Okay Dad, I gotta hang up.

Dad
Okay, I’ll see you later. Bye.

Jack and Jane
Bye.

Jane hangs up and places her phone in her pocket. Jack opens her door ( the audience does not get a front body shot of Jane). Jane gets in the car and Jack closes the door behind her and proceeds to the driver’s side.

Scene 2. Jack and Jane are driving along towards their destination. Casual conversation is taking place. It’s optimistic about future college plans and life. The music is low. Jane has a book in her lap.

[Fill with casual dialogue]

Jack
You want to get lunch after this?

Jane
Sure.

Jack
What book do you have there?

Jane
Kayla gave it to me. She usually has great taste in books. So far, it’s gripping. I like it.

Jack
(Slightly irritated) Kayla, huh? So, she’s not mad at you anymore?

Jane
She’s not mad. She just has a big heart. She’s just…

Jack
She’s pushy…and all up in our business…your business.

Jane
No she’s not Jack. I let her in. She’s one of my closest friends. And the only difference you might see in her is her different point of view…it’s so different from everyone else we know.

Jack
Well, she should keep it to herself.

Jane
She means well.

 

Jack
I’m just saying a friend should stick with you know matter what….I thought you said something about her being there.

Jane
She is. She’s usually there every Wednesday with some friends from her church. Beside, she’s a person of her word…she’ll be there.

Jack
Well, just be careful…don’t put all your trust in one person…that’s all I’m trying to say.

Jack’s cell phone rings. It’s his coach.

Jack
Oh, hey coach. What’s up?...Right now?...No, I’m not busy….No problem, I’ll be right there. I have to drop Jane off….Yeah, we’re taking care of it right now… I know coach…No Distractions. All right, I’ll see you.

They arrive to the abortion clinic and park in the far end of the parking lot.

Jane
(Fear and disappointment in her face.) You’re not going in with me? I thought you were going to stay!?

Jack
Babe, Coach needs me to sign some papers for my basketball scholarship.

Jane
I’m scarred.

Jack
Don’t worry, Jane. You can do this. Besides, I’ll be right back…I should be back to pick you up as soon as you’re finished. We can grab some lunch if you’re still up for it.

Jane
Okay. ( She exits car, leave book in seat. Closes door)

 

Scene3.
Car pulls off. First camera shot of Jane all alone ( full body, front with baby bump…in front of abortion clinic in the distance.) She begins to walk to the building. Play audio of thoughts from three different people…Dad, Jack, and Kayla…all thoughts.

Dad/Mom
You’re doing the right thing.

Jack
It’s up to you Jane. Whatever you want to do, I’m with you.

Kayla
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward…Psalm 127:3

Jane’s last thought goes from audio to a visual flashback for the audience to view. She and Kayla are sitting in a park. Jane has just informed Kayla about her being pregnant.

Jane
Hey Kayla, I want to thank you for hanging out with me today. (Sigh) I really need a friend right about now.

Kayla

All day, I’ve had this feeling like you’ve been trying to tell me something. What’s wrong?

Jane
(She begins to cry) I’m pregnant.

Kayla
(She smiles) That’s such a blessing. You’re going to be a mom. Praise God for Children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward…Psalm 127:3.

Jane
A blessing? Are you serious? How can this be a blessing (still sobbing)? I feel like this is the end of my life. I feel like I want to just disappear. And come on, you’re a Christian…this is a sin, this child is a sin. (Jane straightens up and wipes her face dry with the cuff of her sleeve.) It doesn’t matter anyway, It’s going to be taken care of.

Kayla
Taken care of? What do you mean?

Jane
Yeah, Jack and I talked to our parents and everyone feels the right thing to do is to wait. Jack and I can be parents when we’re ready. So, we’re going to get rid of it.

Kayla
(Tears falling from her eyes) Please don’t do this, Jane. We’re not perfect, sometime we mess up and consequences make their place known in our lives. This child, you’re carrying IS a blessing. This child is just an innocent person waiting for you to love him or her. Please don’t have an abortion.

Jane
Well, the appointment’s already been made.

Kayla
Why are telling me this? Why did you want me to know? You sound as though you’ve got it all under control.

Jane
I don’t know. You’re like the only person I can talk to. It’s like there’s a sense of calm around you that I can’t get around anyone else. I guess I needed to hear myself.

Kayla
Hear yourself say what Jane?

Jane
Kayla, I’m going to have an abortion. Next Wednesday, I’m going to the abortion clinic and I’m going to have an abortion.

Kayla
I can’t make you see what I’ve been telling you, that in the midst of this storm, this child of yours is truly a blessing. Don’t let your fear of the unknown scare you into doing what’s contrary to your heart.

Jane
Are you mad at me?

Kayla
Did you know every week I go to pray at the abortion clinic.

Jane
Yeah, I heard about it from some of the kids that school. Someone saw you down there with a couple of people with red tape over your mouths. What’s that about?

“PRO-LIFE”. We’re just quietly praying for those babies whose voices will never be heard. We pray for the women that go in and out of there?

Jane
The women!? Let me guess, you’re praying for their souls and that they won’t be damned to hell, right?

Kayla
(She smiles a half smile) I guess you could say that. But really, I’m praying for God’s peace to sit in their hearts. We make mistakes and no matter how many times God tries to guide us in the right direction, we’re too busy trying to run and hide that we can’t see that God’s going to help us get through our pain. Now I’ve seen women go in and change their minds, by the grace of God. And I’ve also seen women come out completely devastated by their actions. They’re in so much pain because they can’t believe what they’ve done. Two weeks ago, I was praying outside the building and this woman came out like there was nothing wrong. By the time she made it to her car, she had dropped to her knees and began to cry uncontrollably. My heart went out to her; it’s as if I could feel her pain. I ran to her and put my arms around her. She just kept telling me she was sorry. And she asked me if I could forgive her? I just held her.

Jane
She asked you to forgive her? Why? who are you? What did you tell her?

Kayla
I told her I forgave her and if she confessed to God that He would forgive her too. I told her that’s the One she really needs forgiveness from.

Jane
Weren’t you mad at her though? I mean she killed this innocent baby.

Kayla
No, I wasn’t mad. I felt real compassion for her. I know that child has gone back into the arms of Jesus Christ. There, that child will feel no pain, that child will remember no pain. God’s love is so endless. I just want to love like Him.

Jane
(Staring at Kayla) I wish I had your heart, your peace. (She Sighs) It all just seems so far away now, I’m so lost. I feel like I’m drowning, so hopeless.

Kayla
(She leans in to hug Jane). Jane, you’re going to be okay. It’s your choice, but chose to follow your heart. Where ever you are in your life, God is always with you. He’s all the hope you’ll ever need. Just ask Him.

Jane
I wish it were that simple.

Kayla
It really is, Jane. Just believe.

 

(Fade out)

 

Scene4.
Jack is in the car driving to meet up with his coach. He stuck at a railroad crossing as a train passes. He takes notice of the book that Jane left in her seat (Fallen Angel by Roger Elwood). He tries to call his coach, but the signal is lost. The train is still passing so, he picks of the book and begins to read where the bookmark is (Pages 52-53); he reads out loud. The word “abortion” catches his eye.  He has a revelation.

 

Jack
Abortion. It pleased him for a variety of reasons. First, tens of millions of babies were condemned to death—but many would be born alive, only to be strangled in minutes or else nursed back to health and sold out the back doors of numerous abortion clinics to couples so desperate for children that they wouldn’t hesitate to go the black market route. Second, abortion would divide a nation, pitting the pro-choice adherents against the pro-lifers. And third, ah, yes, this was a stroke of genius on Satan’s part.
“If they only knew what would happen when they finally want to have children,” he said. “So few understand the fate their actions force upon the babies which are next in line.”
I nodded in reluctant understanding, knowing that there was a 40-60 percent greater chance for mothers with a previous abortion to give birth to a retarded child or a child afflicted with blood, bone, or other diseases.
To the delight of my master, the delight of the entire demonkind….

 

Train passes. Cars honk horns. Jack turns the car around. He tries to call Jane. No answer…He begins to panic.
 
Jack
Dear God! Please help! Please help. What have I done? Oh God, please don’t let it be to late.

He arrives at clinic. Pulls up to Jane and sees Kayla hugging and consoling her. (Jumps out of car and runs to Jane.)

Jack
(Softly) Am I too late.

Shot ends with Jane revealing her still existing g baby bump. The End.

And He gave them a heart to know Him.