'The Good Doctor' Surprises with Pro-Life Message
I haven't gotten to The Good Doctor yet. My DVR is booked solid on Monday. The show kinda looks like Doogie Howser only with autism, so I'm not in a rush. Though after reading this, I might give the show a chance.
One of the doctors suggests a couple choose abortion for a difficult pregnancy. The couple says nada!
Melendez: The tumor's grown. It's not cancer, but it is monopolizing the blood supply, which is weakening the fetus' heart. I'm sorry, but there's no chance it would survive long enough to be viable. The safest course is to terminate the pregnancy.
Barbara: If we were interested in the "Safest course," we wouldn't be on our third "Second opinion." Please, Dr. Melendez, we want whatever will save our baby.
Mark: Dr. Wright told us you've done fetal surgery to remove this type of tumor before.
Barbara: And without the tumor, our baby would be healthy.
Melendez: Your antiphospholipid syndrome makes a long surgery extremely dangerous. There's a high chance for blood clots, which could have fatal consequences for you.
Barbara: We're willing to take that risk.
Melendez: Saving the fetus doesn't do any good if the mother dies in the process.
Barbara: I've had three miscarriages. If I have to go through that again, I might as well be dead.
It's not often we see someone who is pro-life portrayed as anything other than a religious wack job. You know the kind. A couple with seven feral children. Who homeschool because they think God created man to kill the dinosaurs. The only other recent example that comes up is Ashton Kutcher in The Ranch. But usually it's the dinosaur killers.
Conservatives aren't asking for all the much. It's not about "conservative" shows, which is a synonym for "terrible and unfunny." But Hollywood just not being a douche about things we care deeply about would be a good start toward rebuilding brand trust. Like not writing off the killing of unborn children so easily. We'll take it.