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Title: Semblance Protective
Author: Trialia
Fandom: Battlestar Galactica (2003)
Rating: T
Word Count: 525
Beta: cincoflex
Character(s)/Pairing(s): President Laura Roslin
Spoilers: Captain’s Hand
Challenge: majoritython, prompt ‘separation of church and state’
Summary: In some situations, one really has no choice.
A/N: To those who will recognise the title but aren’t sure where from (I know there'll be at least one!), it’s paraphrased from a lyric on the Epica album Consign to Oblivion. I thought it fit.

Dr. Gaius Baltar’s calculations. She detests the man, mustn’t show it. Doesn’t trust him. On the down-low, as Admiral Adama calls it, she asks Bill to have Mr. Gaeta check the numbers with the data gathered on births, deaths and related statistics in the fleet.

The results serve only to make her feel even worse.

He was right. At the rate they’re losing people, the human race will simply fade into extinction within the next eighteen years. And that’s if they don’t lose any more people to Cylon attacks, something she is certain won’t happen. Their dwindling medical supplies can’t handle the weight of a pandemic, should one spread throughout the fleet.

It’s unavoidable, the fact spinning in her head. The fleet, and humanity, will die out in less than eighteen years’ time, unless something can be done.

Laura knows that many people don’t want to bring a child into their present situation, and she knows why. People are waiting for Earth.

But… what if it takes them too long to find it?

There’s only one solution that really lends itself, as far as she can see; she hates the bare thought of it. Her nausea at the idea of doing what almost everyone is telling her she needs to do is profound: she can’t stand the thought of denying even one woman control over her own body, let alone making a general statement to the effect that she will. She won’t, she’s sure. She can’t.

Caught in irresolution, Laura thanks the gods that the crisis is not on her doorstep; that she has enough time to think. Not the full eighteen years, but… enough. Even Bill Adama seems convinced that they must ban abortion if they’re to survive, quoting her own words back to her.

Until Rya Kibby is brought to her attention: a young, pregnant and terrified stowaway, begging to be allowed an abortion against the wishes of her parents. It makes her decision that much harder, but forces the President to reach a conclusion.

If she does not make abortion illegal in the fleet, as a race humanity will die out before they ever reach their ‘promised land’. She knows her decision will be seen as pandering to the one ultra-religious colony of the Twelve, but that is a lesser consideration, now.

There is simply no choice.

But she’ll give Rya back a measure of control over her own body, as a last act of regret for what she knows must be done. No matter what Sarah Porter and the Gemenese think of her for doing so. That girl’s suffered enough.

Laura may see the literal truth of the scriptures in her visions, but she’s still Caprican, and as such, despite the proclaimed unity of the Colonies and their people post-genocide, she is at odds with many of the Gemenese interpretations of law and religion. Children being ‘property’ of their parents… that’s one of them.

Rya is nobody’s property, despite her youth. Her choice should be her decision to make, and as her decision, be legally binding.

It is.

But after this, when it comes to abortion, no one else’s will be.




( 29 votes — vote! )
Jun. 8th, 2008 06:37 am (UTC)
Hey, wow. This was one of the most painful moments of the show for me thus far. How perfect to explore it for this challenge. I loved getting inside Laura's head, although it didn't make the decision any less painful!
Jun. 9th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you say that, since you're one of the people who organised it... I was hoping it would work! It was a painful moment for me, too, and I'm told also difficult for Mary to act; as soon as I saw this prompt I knew it's what I would write about, it just took a little getting started. Thanks for the feedback :)
Dec. 25th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
This was a really awesome fic. I think that Roslin might have saved her chances to win the election legally by making the abortion ban conditional--like lifting it once the population reaches 100,000. I can't imagine how hard that must have been for her, but clearly you can. :)
Dec. 25th, 2008 09:42 am (UTC)
Thank you, hon! It was a hard fic to write, but as I said above, I knew the moment that I saw the prompt that this was the subject I'd choose for it. I'm glad you like it.
Dec. 25th, 2008 09:43 am (UTC)
I certainly do!
Dec. 25th, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
Ahaha, so I'm not the only one online on Christmas morning? *G*
Dec. 25th, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
Nope! And it's only 44 minutes into Christmas for me!
Dec. 25th, 2008 09:47 am (UTC)
Aha. Lol. I forgot that. It's 9:46 AM here. My sister can't be bothered to get up yet. I'm working on an A/R fanmix...
Dec. 25th, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)
Nine...Where do you live? (I live in Alaska.)
Dec. 25th, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)
England :)
Dec. 25th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC)
Oh. *nods* Merry Christmas!
Dec. 25th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
To you too! :) We also had our Solstice celebration at church on Sunday, so I'm happily balanced ^_^; and I have season 3 of BSG on DVD finally. *grin*
Dec. 25th, 2008 09:54 am (UTC)
Nice! I have the whole The Tribe series on my Amazon.co.uk wishlist (which is separate from my Amazon.com wishlist for some reason), and I am getting one of those special DVD players in January or February!
Dec. 25th, 2008 09:55 am (UTC)
Special as in multi-region? I'd love one of those! Be nice to have something to play BSG DVDs that actually have extras (we get way less extras than region 1 - don't even have the miniseries bundled with season 1, which sucks!). *G*
Dec. 25th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, special as in multi-region. And the one on my wishlist is (I think) less than $100.

Yeah, the extras are nice. Could you order them online and then play them on your computer? (Now I'm wondering if I can play those Tribe DVDs on my computer...*ponders*)

It's kind of a bummer to have to get a separate DVD player, since I'm used to using my husband's gaming consoles for watching movies. :)
Dec. 25th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)

I *cough* acquire them in another way. But it'd be nice to be able to watch them on my actual TV, y'know?

Heh, yeah, IKWYM. Except not, in my case, because my PS2 is eight years old and freaks out anytime I put a DVD in it and will only play them in black and white!
Dec. 25th, 2008 10:06 am (UTC)
OH. Alrighty then. I quit doing that after I couldn't watch my Chinese ripoff Queer as Folk DVD's on my husband's XBOX. Since then I just go ahead and buy the licensed product from the store or from Amazon, for convenience (the Black Friday before last, I got a great deal on a very nice TV, so I like watching movies on it) mostly.

Well, there's your problem. Chris can't even get his old XBOX to work anymore, and the 360 we had even broke, but I sent him a new one since MSN wouldn't just send the repaired old one to Iraq (fuck 'em). I barely scraped by on my bills this month--I can't wait till the check on the 1st. I was supposed to spend this deployment getting us out of debt, not further into it! (But at least Chris has something to do in his off-hours now.)

Sorry, that was kind of rambly...
Dec. 25th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
Ah, I see. And that really sucks. *huggles* Me, I'm on welfare, and I've taken good care of my console because I knew I wouldn't be able to afford a new one anytime soon if I managed to break it!

Rambly is fine. :)
Dec. 25th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
*hugs gently* I sure hope things get better for you. I wish there were something I can do!

(Good, I'm rambly a lot.)
Dec. 25th, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
That's sweet of you. *hugs back* Probably not going to change anytime soon, though. I'm on disability, and I have three major incurable conditions that can only be balanced and treated - one of which has no treatment, and another has only a mostly effective one. *sighs* I wish I could believe I'll be able to work sometime soon, but it's unlikely. But that's just the way things are; getting on with it is the main part.

Hee. Me too. *pets*
Dec. 25th, 2008 10:25 am (UTC)
I've heard the UK's health care is a lot better than the US's (not that that's hard to pull off, especially these days), which is the only reason I'm glad you're not here now (though I wish you could come hang out with me--even my small base housing unit has two bedrooms, so you'd have your own room, and my home's really close to the hospital...).

Well, hopefully the getting on with it goes well--soon!
Dec. 25th, 2008 10:49 am (UTC)
Depends where you are. In the village where I grew up, mental healthcare was pretty much non-existent (This article? The teenager was a friend of mine), so... well, it was messy. But where I live now, I'm actually getting what help there is, which I appreciate so much after not having been able to get it. And I wish I could come hang out with you, too! :D

Hehe, today it is. I'm *awake*, for a change, and this fanmix is going well. Be posting it later today :) Hope you sleep well!
Dec. 25th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
Thanks, but I'm waiting for my husband to go online, but he's a cook so he's probably serving an epic lunch right now... But I'm going to stay up until he goes online, even if I'm up all day.

*reads the article* My goodness... I'm sorry.
Dec. 25th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC)
Ah, I see! I forgot he was deployed at the moment. Well, I hope he comes online before you fall over from lack of sleep! *huggles*

Thanks. She was a lovely girl; none of us expected it. I guess these things happen, but it's not fun.
Dec. 25th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
Well, I've only been up about... I dunno, less than 16 hours, so I'm fine for now, though a little tired...

Weird shit happens all the time. Why can't bad things happen to bad people and good things happen to good people? The world may never know.
Dec. 25th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
You on messenger? Or did I ask you that before? I've added you, either way... Doing modly things on myriadwords :)

Indeed. I figure maybe the good ones who get bad stuff in this life did something bad in the last and got reassigned randomly, perhaps... *shrugs*
Dec. 25th, 2008 11:18 am (UTC)
Not at the moment. I've made a second user on my computer, and apparently I need to install Trillian again. -.-
Dec. 25th, 2008 11:19 am (UTC)
Ah. I'm using Pidgin on this one (it is not my comp).
Dec. 25th, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)
Oh. Well, I'm installing Trillian now so that'll be me as OrbitalDiamonds on AIM, MSN, and Yahoo. :) I'm...or Gtalk, which I just approved you for chatting. Well that's easy!
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