Many fans who followed the Gilmore Girls TV saga were devastated when the show ended.
The seventh season concluded with a cliffhanger leaving viewers wondering what would happen with main character Rory Gilmore’s love life and first post-Yale job. This fall, fans were excited when Netflix launched four 90-minute episodes to follow up with a year’s worth of Gilmore shenanigans. (Spoiler alert) In a second cliffhanger finale, Rory, now 32, and her boyfriend Logan go their separate ways as Logan is engaged to another woman. Rory, fans find out at the very end of the show, is pregnant.
Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel Palladino, creators and executive producers of Gilmore Girls, reported in a recent BuzzFeed interview that the show may go on, and Rory may have an abortion.
“There’s absolutely a chance Rory would not forgo this alone,” Amy Sherman-Palladino said.
“There’s nothing harder in the world than being a parent … and if you are not equipped mentally, financially, emotionally, to take that on, you can’t do it because the consequences are ridiculous,” Sherman-Palladino continued.
Undeniably this is a true statement. Lorelai Gilmore, Rory’s mother, left her parents’ home of affluence, salmon puffs, and sparkling chandeliers to have her first child, Rory, out of wedlock at age 16. Despite lacking education and a support system, Lorelai managed to provide for Rory as a maid (later working up to management and then starting her own inn). She lived modestly throughout the seven seasons. Raising a child can be difficult even with education, income, and supportive family and friends; but Lorelai managed.
One would hope that someone as smart as the character of Rory would realize the humble circumstances in which she was born. Under her mother Lorelai’s circumstances, abortion could have been an option; however, she opted for life.
However, Sherman-Palladino indicate that Rory may make a different decision than her mother.
She continued: “The abortion issue is so weird, you know, because it’s so testy with the world, especially the KKK world that we now live in. But I think that somebody as smart as Rory is going to take a step back and look at all the angles, and then make her decision, because it’s too important a job to make the wrong decision when it comes to kids.”
But, according to polling by the Knights of Columbus, six in 10 Americans (60 percent), including 61 percent of women, say abortion is “morally wrong.”
In my personal experiences canvassing for Susan B. Anthony List along Florida’s gulf coast, nearly everyone identified as pro-life. Those that said they supported their tax dollars funding abortion said it wasn’t because they personally supported abortions, but wanted resources available for emergencies for women who needed it, or for “extreme” cases of rape and incest. But people consistently told me they couldn’t conceive of ever having an abortion personally and were appalled by the number of people having abortions without extreme or special circumstances. The number of people not self-identifying as pro-choice could be counted on one hand.
Aborting an unborn child is not a decision that most Americans are comfortable with, and many women have very personal reasons why.
“I was 18 when I got pregnant. At three months pregnant I had an abortion. About seven years later I was listening to a Christian radio broadcast. It described an unborn child during an abortion procedure. It talked about the baby’s frantic attempts to escape the tools of the abortionist and how the child’s heartbeat accelerated as it sensed apparent danger. My heart broke. I was so overcome with grief. How could I have taken the life of my unborn child?” Tewannah Aman told Pro-Life America.
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Lisa Burroughs, who also had an abortion, added: “Please understand that by aborting your unborn child that does not make the baby go away. Your baby will be in your heart until you die. After abortion – the guilt and shame and loneliness is horrible. Once you abort, you cannot go back and change it.”
Sherman-Palladino ended the interview with: “Your life should not have a bow on it at 32. Your life should be a wide-open field at 32 years old.”
She alluded to the consequences being “ridiculous,” but just as ridiculous is the trauma and psychological effects that can haunt women for years after an abortion, decades in many cases. How can life have a bow on it at 32 or any age while being haunted and traumatized by the decision to kill your unborn child?
It is my hope that if there are any subsequent episodes of Gilmore Girls that a beloved character like Rory makes the right decision for life, especially as her mother modeled for her, and serves as a role model for America’s young viewers.