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Older Couple in Fox Drama Rejects ‘Logical Factor,’ Chooses Life in Face of ‘Bleak’ Odds


An unplanned being pregnant catches Austin Fireplace Division Captain Owen Strand and his ex-wife, Gwyneth, unexpectedly. Within the February 15 episode of Fox’s 9-1-1: Lone Star, titled “Tough Conversations”, the couple wrestles with the choice of whether or not or to not have the child.

Gwyneth (Lisa Edelstein) and Owen (Rob Lowe) make an appointment with an OB-GYN and he confirms that Gwyneth is 4 weeks pregnant. Labeled a geriatric being pregnant (Gwyn is properly over 40), the physician advises the couple of the doable issues and dangers posed to each Gwyn and the child on account of her age. When Owen asks the physician what most {couples} do on this state of affairs, Gwyn chimes in that they normally terminate the being pregnant. The physician takes a go on providing his recommendation on that. “That’s actually a dialog for the 2 of you,” he says. Perhaps in Texas that may be a physician’s response, however the couple can be dealing with stress to abortion in different liberal areas.

Dr. Evans: You two actually beat the percentages. 

Owen: By no means inform me the percentages! 

Gwyneth: Han Solo. It is a–it’s a factor he does. -So I assume it is not menopause.

Dr. Evans: Nope. Seems like any individual acquired in slightly below the wire.
Gwyneth: How about that? And the way far alongside? 

Dr. Evans: Primarily based in your hcg ranges, I might say about 4 weeks, however the ultrasound will slim the window. I take it this wasn’t one thing you deliberate.

Gwyneth: No. This was a– a complete, full accident. 

Owen: Uh, properly, it is not like we crashed. There have been a few collisions, you realize? I imply, there have been a number of accidents that would’ve—

Gwyneth: Okay.

Dr. Evans: Properly, there is not any straightforward method to say this subsequent half. Whereas geriatric pregnancies aren’t unusual, they’re uncommon. There is a piece of paper on this folder that has loads of scary numbers on it.

Gwyneth: Yeah, I Googled.

Owen: You’ve? You have Googled? I’ve not but Googled.

Gwyneth:  The dangers are heightened.

Dr. Evans: And never only for the child. There are severe issues that would come up for you as properly. Elevated danger of coronary heart circumstances, blood clots, preeclampsia, even maternal mortality. And I am positive you have learn {that a} important share of those pregnancies finish in stillbirth or miscarriage.

Owen:  Properly, that is bleak. So what do {couples} in our state of affairs usually do?

Dr. Evan: Actually?

Gwyneth: Terminate the being pregnant.

Owen: Is that what you are recommending?

Dr. Evans: I am not recommending something. It is actually a dialog for the 2 of you.

As Owen appears to be like at outdated footage of their now grown son, T.Okay., he and Gwyneth talk about what might be the “logical selection” for them. The logical factor. For professional-abortion activists, unborn infants are disposable, particularly in robust occasions, and so they’ve succeeded in convincing those who killing their youngsters is the rational, anticipated factor to do.

Owen: Are you able to think about doing this over again?

Gwyneth: Hmm. Little tiny physique resting in your chest.

Owen:  Chasing a toddler round. First day of college.

Gwyneth: Hiding little notes of their lunch field for them to seek out so that they know they’re liked.

Owen: You probably did that for him too?
Gwyneth: Are we truly contemplating this?

Owen: I–I do not know. Are we?

Gwyneth:  Looks like we’re contemplating it.

Owen: Look, we’re younger for our age, you realize? We do all of the wholesome issues.

Gwyneth: Yeah. 50’s the brand new 40.
Owen: Is 67 the brand new something? As a result of that is how outdated I will be once I’m instructing them to parallel park.

Gwyneth: Properly, it will be a ability that is useful when one in every of us breaks a hip shifting them right into a dorm and so they need to rush us to an er.
Owen: Yeah, I had a case as we speak. It was horrible.Dad. I could not save him.

Gwyneth: MM.

Owen: And his daughter was perhaps 19, and now she’s left with no mum or dad.

Gwyneth: That is terrible.

Owen: So wouldn’t it be truthful to do this to our child?

Gwyneth: Properly, that is assuming the being pregnant goes properly, which is—

Owen: an enormous assumption. I imply, the dangers—

Gwyneth: Yeah. No, you are proper, I—

Owen: Not only for the child. For you. Perhaps we should always simply do the logical factor.

Gwyneth: Schedule an appointment.

Happily, on the day of the abortion appointment, they confess to one another that they actually do need this child and resolve to go ahead with out the abortion.

Gwyneth: You prepared?

Owen: What time’s the appointment?

Gwyneth: Nonetheless at 2:00.

Owen: Proper. 2:00. In all probability some visitors. 

Gwyneth: Sure. So ought to we go?

Owen: Yeah. We should always go. Have you ever eaten? Would you like one thing to eat?

Gwyneth: I am not alleged to eat earlier than.

Owen: Proper, proper, so we can– we will get one thing after.

Gwyneth: In order for you.

Owen: Late lunch.

Gwyneth: So dinner.

Owen: Early dinner. I will purchase. I do know an awesome sushi place very near the place we’re going.

Gwyneth: No, I do not belief Texas sushi.

Owen: Oh, this place will disabuse you of that misapprehension. All proper, Mexican. You may have a margarita. Which is how this entire factor began.

Gwyneth: Tequila and ache meds.

Owen: Proper. Proper. Proper. Properly, Italian. Pizza and pasta. Any type of consolation meals—

Gwyneth: Rattling it, I do not need pasta!

Owen: Properly, what would you like?!

Gwyneth: I wanna have this child!

Owen: Good! So do I!

Gwyneth: Are you positive?

Owen: I believe so.

Gwyneth: However it’s loopy.

Owen: Oh, bananas.

Gwyneth: It is most likely a horrible mistake.

Owen: Oh, with out query.

Gwyneth: So, are we doing this?

Owen: I believe that is what we have been saying.

And, similar to that, a cheerful ending. Washington Put up columnist Kate Cohen, who complained based mostly on outdated data that there aren’t enough abortions on TV, will probably be so upset when she finds out about this in just a few years.