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Downton Abbey's Pro-Life Message
Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien

Posted on 02/16/2014 1:59:31 PM PST by Kaslin

Longtime fans of Downton Abbey probably think the writers don’t want their characters to live happily ever after. Understandably so, considering all the tragedies that tainted season three. But, one recent storyline is so reassuringly pro-life, it seems viewers are allowed to smile for once.

For anyone who hasn’t seen the popular British program, here’s a brief introduction to the family at its core: The Crawleys are an aristocratic family in the early 20th century. Lord Grantham and his wife Cora share a huge castle with their three daughters Mary, Edith and Sybil. It’s the middle Crawley sister, Edith, who is at the center of the show’s recent pro-life plot.

Known as the sister who always seems to be unlucky in love, Edith’s relationship troubles continue with her new lover Michael. After spending the night with him, especially controversial since Michael is still technically married (it's a long story), the latter mysteriously goes missing and Edith learns she’s pregnant. Her initial reaction – to both his disappearance and her condition – is panic. After painful deliberation, she decides to take a trip to London - to abort her unborn child.

Almost as soon as she arrives in London, however, she starts to regret her decision. Through tears, Edith has the following conversation with her Aunt Rosamund:

“I’m not even sure what frightens me most – what may have happened to Michael, or the baby.”

“What do you propose to do?”

“It’s hard to say the words, but I’ve decided to get rid of it.”

“How terrible it is to hear that.”

Later, Aunt Rosamund asks Edith if she’s thought about how her decision will affect Michael.

“I am killing the wanted child of a man I’m in love with and you ask me if I’ve thought about it!”

“I assume you’ll be away for the night because you’ve booked into some…place that will do this?”

A few things here are worth noting. First, both characters acknowledged Edith’s unborn child was a baby. Not a fetus or mass of cells - a baby. Even more significant, Edith understood she was killing a child by going through with the procedure. Finally, the disgust with which Aunt Rosamund showed talking about the abortion clinic Edith is planning to visit, reveals what she thinks of such a place that performs these unspeakable deeds.

The dialogue between these two characters proved to be profound enough. But, what followed was a scene I’ll never forget.

The clinic looked ominous even before they walked through the door. As ill-omened music plays in the background, Edith and her aunt finally step inside to find a dark lobby, the only light coming through a small window. In a chilling moment, Edith hears a young woman crying. She peeks inside the room from where the noise is coming and sees the abortionist trying to console the patient who just ended her pregnancy. It doesn’t take Edith long to act. As soon as the nurse opens the door, Edith proclaims, “I’m terribly sorry to waste your time, but this is a mistake.” So, she packs up her things and walks out.

Phew.

I’m sure I wasn’t the only pro-lifer who was mentally applauding at that moment. I commend head writer Julian Fellowes and the whole Downton team for this weighty episode. What could have been a tragedy turned into one of the most beautiful moments of the show. Instead of succumbing to her fears and assuming she would be scorned for giving birth to a “bastard” child, Edith chooses to give her unborn baby the greatest gift a mother can give. As for the sinister aura of the clinic, it represents the tragedies that occur in similar clinics every day, no more so than the horrid conditions discovered at Kermit Gosnell's 'House of Horrors.'

The trailer for this Sunday’s episode reveals Edith considering another, better option for her new son or daughter: adoption.

So, even if you’ve never seen the Emmy-award winning show, tune into Downton Abbey tonight to see one of its main characters make a beautiful, life saving decision.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: abortion; media; prolife

1 posted on 02/16/2014 1:59:31 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I’m a Downton Abbey fan, and even more so after watching last week’s touching episode. I agree with the article’s author...an excellent description of the situation and the scenes.


2 posted on 02/16/2014 2:07:26 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Kaslin

Not totally pro-life

“I am killing the wanted child ...”

“wanted child” is a modern pro-abortion term..

no 1910-20 woman would have said that..


3 posted on 02/16/2014 2:08:36 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana
“Wanted?”

Since I was not living in the 1920’s, I would hardly know if ‘wanted” or “unwanted” would have the political connotations that it does today.

Of course, since you lived in the 1920’s and were old enough to know what terms would be used and always in the context they would use them, I guess we disagree (DUCKING because of my reference to your, ahem, ‘age’)

;-)

4 posted on 02/16/2014 2:18:14 PM PST by Hulka
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To: Kaslin

Nothing says conservative like a woman having one-night stands with married men.


5 posted on 02/16/2014 2:25:35 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Kaslin

Perhaps her dead sisters husband will marry her so as to protect the family’s honor. They can then keep the baby.


6 posted on 02/16/2014 2:29:33 PM PST by tirednvirginia
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To: GeronL

We all sin. It is what you do after the sin that matters.


7 posted on 02/16/2014 2:29:55 PM PST by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: Kaslin

For all the things wrong with it, the tv show “Glee” also has a strong pro-life stand.
When the head cheerleader, Quinn gets pregnant, she flat-out says, “Abortion is not even an option”, and gives her baby up to be adopted. Rachel is adopted (yes she was adopted by 2 gay men, like I said it’s far from perfect). And When Sue Sylvester finds out that the baby she’s pregnant with will have Down’s Syndrome, her reaction is “I’ll love my baby no matter what”.


8 posted on 02/16/2014 2:34:18 PM PST by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: Kaslin
Before I read the article....are there any spoilers?

:>)

9 posted on 02/16/2014 2:37:05 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Broi)
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To: Kaslin; Jane Long

Actually, I was totally impressed as well.

I was sure after the preceding episode that she was going to go for an abortion and I almost didn’t watch this episode because I didn’t want to dislike the character. But I was really impressed by the scene, really impressed with the honesty with which it was handled, and completely amazed to see it dealt with this way by a mass market program.

Congratulations to them, and I hope they stay true to this. It’s a very positive message for all young women who find themselves in that situation.


10 posted on 02/16/2014 3:06:10 PM PST by livius
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To: GeronL

Does the anachronism matter? It’s actually even braver for using a modern term.

Also, I’m not sure it’s an anachronism. The concept of “wanted” children (that is, wished for by a married couple) and “unwanted” children has been around for a long time, and IIRC the eugenicists of the turn of the century mentioned it. Since, naturally, a “wanted” child would only be one born to an upper or academic class white couple...


11 posted on 02/16/2014 3:11:06 PM PST by livius
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To: Kaslin

I’m a Downton fan too, and I was amazed and grateful for the dialogue!!!!


12 posted on 02/16/2014 3:14:16 PM PST by Guenevere
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13 posted on 02/16/2014 3:15:45 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: chae

Well, even adopted by 2 gay men is alive...so that’s a positive! I haven’t watched that particular show, but I wonder if there’s a sort of reaction going on among younger people and perhaps most of the women the Wendy Davis-type message supposedly appeals to are older women who think they’re being trendy.

Actually, time and again surveys have shown that the people most in favor of abortion are young and middle-aged men, which should tell us something.


14 posted on 02/16/2014 3:17:39 PM PST by livius
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To: Tennessee Nana

I thought I was up to speed on my pro-abort terms.......and it never crossed my mind that she was using modern lingo.

I took it as she wanted this baby because she realized it is a child and she is in love with the father.


15 posted on 02/16/2014 3:20:06 PM PST by Guenevere
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To: Jane Long
Not so fast. Downton Abbey may not be THAT pro-life. I'm pretty sure Bates is gonna kill someone.
16 posted on 02/16/2014 3:21:15 PM PST by Timmy
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To: Timmy
I'm pretty sure Bates is gonna kill someone.

Yep....but that falls under the category of "he needed killing".

17 posted on 02/16/2014 3:25:50 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: livius

I didn’t say anything about “wanted”.

It is good that she did not carry out her desire to kill the baby, although probably just from being scared of that place.

That doesn’t give her a reprieve.


18 posted on 02/16/2014 3:27:19 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Kaslin

It will be interesting to see how the affair between Lady Rose and the black Rag Time singer turns out. If a pregnancy results, that could be more difficult to resolve. I suppose that Rose could go on a grand tour of Europe, or travel to America, then put the baby up for adoption.


19 posted on 02/16/2014 3:29:34 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: GeronL

A reprieve from what?

BTW, I think I mistakenly clicked on your post with my reply...somebody above you said something about “wanted.” My apologies!


20 posted on 02/16/2014 3:41:11 PM PST by livius
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To: Tennessee Nana

Sorry, but the evil Margaret Sanger (whom I have studied for years), was in her hay day in the 1920’s. One of her most famous speeches began with the line, “It is the right of every child to be wanted.”


21 posted on 02/16/2014 4:01:40 PM PST by fatfertile
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To: eddie willers

It falls under the category of......justice!


22 posted on 02/16/2014 4:02:55 PM PST by Guenevere
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To: clintonh8r
These events took place in last week's edition not this week.

I felt uplifted that for whatever reasons, selfish or otherwise, the baby was saved.

Many unplanned pregnancies are "hard cases," especially for the mother but God rejoices when the life that He began, is spared.

23 posted on 02/16/2014 4:15:00 PM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: fatfertile

then if that was a current phrase of that period I stand corrected...


24 posted on 02/16/2014 4:42:57 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: fatfertile

“It is the right of every child to be wanted.”

In a better world, a safe assumption would be that every child would be matched with an adult that wanted them.


25 posted on 02/16/2014 4:57:09 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Kaslin

Ping for after I see the final episode tonight.


26 posted on 02/16/2014 5:12:12 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with Washington DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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To: GeronL

Not a one night stand.

As the article says, it is complicated.

Her lover’s wife is committed to a mental hospital, and will never be released. He can not divorce under the laws at that time.

He has gone to Germany to live in the hopes of obtaining a divorce there.

Not that Edith is without dishonor here, but it is complicated.


27 posted on 02/16/2014 5:18:14 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Atlas Sneezed

Tonight’s episode is not the final one of the season.


28 posted on 02/16/2014 7:39:39 PM PST by wayoverthehill
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To: Kaslin

Bates did it.....


29 posted on 02/16/2014 8:58:01 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Kaslin

Of course, abortion was considered to be murder back then.


30 posted on 02/16/2014 9:21:59 PM PST by kaehurowing
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To: wayoverthehill

Tonight’s episode is not the final one of the season.


I’m watching in Itunes, where the whole season was listed in advance, and purchased. It’s “The London Season.” And after watching, seems to be a satisfying conclusion to the season.

My cable system appears not to carry PBS.


31 posted on 02/17/2014 4:36:50 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with Washington DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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To: Kaslin

My impression is that the childless Rosamund had a similar experience, perhaps rendering herself infertile by an abortion she went through with. This is because of her surprising support for Edith, and the harsh comment from Edith to her: “I don’t mean to pull rank, but you’ve never had children.”


32 posted on 02/17/2014 4:41:30 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with Washington DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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To: Atlas Sneezed

Interesting observation........could be true
Also, ‘Granny’ never ceases to surprise me


33 posted on 02/17/2014 5:52:21 AM PST by Guenevere
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To: Atlas Sneezed

Oh, gotcha. Good to know. I like happy endings.


34 posted on 02/17/2014 7:18:16 AM PST by wayoverthehill
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To: Kaslin

We (Husband and I) are big fans and look forward to watching it on Amazon once this season is over.

I don’t know if anyone else feels this way but I have to watch it in marathon sessions, one episode after another, because one episode at a time each week feels a bit like watching paint dry sometimes.

I love the castle, clothes and history of life in the 20’s England. I wish for the old days when gross immorality wasn’t something we strived for.


35 posted on 02/17/2014 8:40:46 AM PST by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: wayoverthehill

Don’t take my “satisfying” as a spoiler. A satisfying ending isn’t necessarily satisfying, but I’m won’t say either way.

Silly me, I searched for “Downton” on the cable and never found it. Turned out I should have searched for “Masterpiece” (duh!)


36 posted on 02/17/2014 11:25:24 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with Washington DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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