In part one of the piece I talked about how the Rape & Incest exception standard is the equivalent of Klingon law on earth and used the episode Sins of the fathers but as I looked closer at the transcript I noticed that the episode also addressed issues that’s aren’t restricted to paying for a father’s sins.
To recoup a bit for those who haven’t read part one, Worf’s brother presumed dead and hiding under another name tells him on the enterprise that their late father has been accused of Treason & as the older brother has the 1st right to challenge this. The Price for failure to the challenge is execution so he asks for leave to make his case, Instead Picard takes the enterprise to the Klingon home world to stand with his security chief.
Before he gets there however Worf makes a decision concerning his brother, while he is willing to risk his own life in the challenge he is not willing to risk his brother’s too (at least not outside of honorable combat).
Kern: You need a cha’Dlch to defend you. While accused, you will not be allowed combat. I would be honoured if you chose me.
Worf: I ask you to stand with me, to be my cha’Dlch.
Kern: The two sons of Mogh! Together, we will restore the family honour.
Worf: No. For the proceedings, you will not reveal your true father.
Kern: I must.
Worf: You will not!
Kern: Because it would mean my death as well if you fail? A Klingon’s honour means more to him than life. Perhaps your human values have clouded your judgement. I insist.
Worf: On this ship, you are my commander and I obey. In Council chambers, you are my cha’Dlch. You do not insist. You obey.
Things quickly get interesting Kern is nearly murdered in an assassination attempt & Capt Picard takes his place. With the help of the Enterprise crew going through both Klingon they sees something is going on:
Lt Data: Commander, I have found the basis of the charges against Worf’s father apparently the Klingons recently captured a Romulan shipwith logs that provided new information on the attack. They clearly indicate a transmission from the outpost to the Romulan ship moments before the shields went down.
Lt. Laforge: From Worf’s father?
Lt Data: They do correspond to Mogh’s personal security code.
Cmdr Riker: How can we be sure those records haven’t been falsified?
Lt. Laforge: We can cross-check against the Intrepid logs.
Lt Data: I will try, but the Intrepid was at the edge of sensor range during the attack and we cannot be certain if the scan was complete.
Lt. Laforge: Looks like a pretty good match-up Data.
Lt Data: Both Intrepid and Romulan logs show distress signals from Khitomer.
Cmdr Riker:What’s happened there?
Lt. Laforge: Those are gaps in the Intrepid’s logs. Missing information due to the range.
Lt Data: That is where Mogh’s transmission should be.
Cmdr Riker: Right in the middle of the gap?
Lt. Laforge: Wait a second, Data. Back up. Just before the gap, the time-base on both files are in perfect sync. But look. What happens to the signal after the shields are dropped?
Lt Data: They are no longer synchronous.
Lt. Laforge: Commander somebody’s been rewriting history.
Furthermore they find a living witness to the attack which Picard, Worf’s new cha’Dlch presents to the counsel, but K’mpec the head of the Klingon High counsel pulls them into chambers before she can say a word and tells them bluntly Worf & Kern will found guilty & executed to cover for his accusers (the actual guilty parties). Picard will have none of it
K’mpec: You have no say in this!
Picard:I speak now as the Captain of the USS Enterprise and Lt Worf’s Commander! You will not execute a member of my crew, nor will I turn his brother over to you!
K’mpec: This is not the Federation, Picard. If you defy an order of the High Council, the alliance with the Federation could fall to dust!
Picard:The alliance with the Federation is not based on lies, K’mpec! Protect your secrets if you must, but you will not sacrifice these men.
So the high council is ready to sacrifice both Worf’s life not for the crimes of his father but to cover up for a bad decision (the decision to lie) driven by their fears for the future. At this point Worf throws everyone for a loop.
Worf:I will die for the Empire.
Worf: The cha’Dlch will be silent! Allow my brother to return to his life. Only you need know his true bloodline.
So Worf willingly offers his life for his brother, but the offer is rejected because Kren would seek revenge so Worf finally offers to accept “disaccommodation” basically a guilty plea and personal dishonor a fate wore than death for a Klingon, for the life of his brother and leaves the planet in a state of disgrace he doesn’t deserve
It would be the basis for many great storylines but for the sake of our discussion the important thing is this.
The Counsel is ready to kill him and worse not for any crime but to hide the crimes of others and to spare themselves the embarrassment of their decision not to deal with an unpleasant and unexpected reality.
Isn’t that what most abortion is all about?
The typical person getting an abortion is a person who has chosen to be sexually active, had consensual sex, and has either failed to use the incredibly available, very inexpensive, methods of birth control or failed to use it properly, and doesn’t want to deal with the normal designed biological result of human intercourse , pregnancy, due to embarrassment or expense or personal plans.
That person is not a victim or someone dealing with a disease, they are not seeking “healthcare” They are countering the human body acting normally to their choice to be sexually active.
To that person the life of the child does not trump those considerations
Maybe they lets the culture push them to it, maybe they got pressure from family, friends and the father, maybe they aren’t aware of the many forms of help such as Belmont Abby’s marvelous miria via but no matter how you slice it. The mother who aborts takes K’Mpec’s path seeking their own immediate comfort (a false comfort that doesn’t last).
Thus does a parent demand that their child and all that child’s future descendants pay with their lives for said parent’s decisions.
The fictional Klingon High counsel would approve. It’s a disgrace that so many real humans do as well.