Code 46

22. Code 46 (2003) [Rated R for a scene of sexuality, including brief graphic nudity.]

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A futuristic ‘Brief Encounter’, a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.

directed by: Michael Winterbottom

starring: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton

Conservo-Libertarian Reviews:
Nehring The Edge Christian reviews

A Trailer

Abortion/Life Content:

[written on the screen at beginning:]
article 1

any human being who shares the same nuclear gene set
as another human being is deemed to be genetically identical.
the relations of one are the relations of all.

due to IVF, DI embryo splitting and cloning techniques it is
necessary to prevent any accidental or deliberate genetically
incestuous reproduction.


i. all prospective parents should be genetically screened
before conception.
if they have 100%, 50% or 25% genetic identity,
they are not permitted to conceive

ii. if the pregnancy is unplanned, the foetus must be screened.
any pregnancy resulting from 100%, 50%, or 25% genetically
related parents must be terminated immediately

iii. if the parents were ignorant of their genetic relationship
then medical intervention is authorised to prevent
any further breach of code 46

iv. if the parents knew they were genetically related prior to
conception it is a criminal breach of code 46

Tim Robbins: How long has Miss Gonzalez been pregnant?

Benedict Wong: I never said that.

Tim: What type of Code 46 violation was it?

Benedict: I never mentioned Code 46.

Tim: Where is the Mai Lin clinic?

Benedict: There’s a confidentiality issue there, I’m afraid, sir.

Tim: Thank you for your help.

Tim Robbins: I know a great deal about Miss Gonzalez. For instance, that she was pregnant when she came in here. I also know, because you told me so yourself that you have no interest in impeding my investigation.

Woman: She violated Code 46. We’ve terminated the pregnancy and taken out the memory cluster immediately around it.

Tim: The baby was terminated?

Woman: There was no baby. Just a pregnancy which is now terminated and the memories removed.

Tim: You’ve interfered… with the memory of a key witness in an insurance fraud.

Woman: The memories were very local. It’s just the man, the sex act, and the pregnancy.

Tim: She doesn’t remember the man at all?

Woman: The man, the sex, the pregnancy. We’ve erased all of them. Apart from that, it’s the same Maria Gonzalez.



…while those opposed to abortion might not like the government-mandated abortion premise and word that such an act occurs in the film. […] We hear that in the future, if a fetus is determined to have a certain percentage of similar genes (from the mother and father) it will be terminated (those opposed to abortion probably won’t like that premise). Later, William believes that Maria, who’s now missing, is pregnant and off having a mandated abortion. We then hear that her pregnancy was terminated and her memories of that and events around it have been erased.

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