By Dave Andrusko
Okay, this will be brief because I have never seen “Grey’s Anatomy,” which includes last night’s season finale. But we should talk about the program because abortion was one of the story lines and more than a few sites (and readers) commented on the Cristina Yang character who informed her husband (Owen Hunt) that she was six weeks pregnant and wanted an abortion.
Going only on what was said by reviewers, the husband was either a weepy whiner/manipulator or merely a guy desperately trying to persuade his wife that she should not end the life of their child.
After offering the usual list of reasons why having an abortion makes ‘sense,’ one reviewer added this:“But what Grey’s Anatomy did was show that women simply not being prepared for motherhood is an important factor too. You can’t force a mother’s love.”
Well, it’s hardly a new thought but women (and men) can and do change their minds…and their hearts….once the baby is born. We all know that. But a process of gradual acceptance/embrace also works during the months the mother is carrying her baby. And we all know that as well.
There is a reason pro-abortionists so adamantly try to sabotage laws making ultrasounds available to abortion-vulnerable women. They know this makes what is almost an abstraction—“abortion”–into a concrete action—taking the life of a real flesh-and-blood human being.
During their back and forth, we read that Hunt is looking for a “compromise.” To which Yang snaps back, “This isn’t pizza vs. Thai. You don’t give a little on a baby.”
Yes and no. Yes, in the sense that in an age of widely accessible, legal abortion, the baby is either allowed to live or she isn’t.
But, no, in the more important moral and ethical sense. Parents are SUPPOSED to “give”—and not just “a little”—for their kids.
The irony is that people who wrote to support Yang’s threat to abort (which we won’t know whether she carries out until next season) use the lack of moral maturity and empathy as “a-ha” evidence that everyone (and most assuredly the baby) is better off if she aborts.
No, they’re not. That failure to reach out—and that would most assuredly also include the baby’s father—is not an excuse to do the inexcusable but a reason to rise to the challenges of being a parent.
No doubt part of the reason the show ends on this ultimate “to be continued” theme is to draw viewers—including new ones—to the new season. Well, they’ve succeeded with me.