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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 Hearth 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 newborn.

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 effectively over 40), the physician advises the couple of the attainable issues and dangers posed to each Gwyn and the newborn attributable to her age. When Owen asks the physician what most {couples} do on this state of affairs, Gwyn chimes in that they often terminate the being pregnant. The physician takes a cross on providing his recommendation on that. “That’s actually a dialog for the 2 of you,” he says. Possibly in Texas that may be a health care provider’s response, however the couple could be going through strain 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. Appears like any individual bought 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 slender the window. I take it this wasn’t one thing you deliberate.

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

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

Gwyneth: Okay.

Dr. Evans: Effectively, there isn’t any simple option 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 a number of scary numbers on it.

Gwyneth: Yeah, I Googled.

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

Gwyneth:  The dangers are heightened.

Dr. Evans: And never only for the newborn. There are critical issues that might come up for you as effectively. Elevated danger of coronary heart situations, blood clots, preeclampsia, even maternal mortality. And I am positive you’ve got learn {that a} vital share of those pregnancies finish in stillbirth or miscarriage.

Owen:  Effectively, 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 seems to be at outdated photos of their now grown son, T.Ok., he and Gwyneth focus on what might be the “logical alternative” for them. The logical factor. For professional-abortion activists, unborn infants are disposable, particularly in powerful occasions, they usually’ve succeeded in convincing those that killing their kids is the rational, anticipated factor to do.


Owen: Are you able to think about doing this once more?

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

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

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

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

Owen: I–I do not know. Are we?

Gwyneth:  Looks as if we’re contemplating it.

Owen: Look, we’re younger for our age, you understand? 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 educating them to parallel park.

Gwyneth: Effectively, it’s going to be a talent that is useful when certainly one of us breaks a hip transferring them right into a dorm they usually should rush us to an er.
Owen: Yeah, I had a case at this time. It was horrible.Dad. I could not save him.

Gwyneth: MM.

Owen: And his daughter was possibly 19, and now she’s left and not using a mum or dad.

Gwyneth: That is terrible.

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

Gwyneth: Effectively, that is assuming the being pregnant goes effectively, which is—

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

Gwyneth: Yeah. No, you are proper, I—

Owen: Not only for the newborn. For you. Possibly we must 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 must always go. Have you ever eaten? Would you like one thing to eat?

Gwyneth: I am not presupposed to eat earlier than.

Owen: Proper, proper, so we can– we are able to get one thing after.

Gwyneth: If you need.

Owen: Late lunch.

Gwyneth: So dinner.

Owen: Early dinner. I am going to purchase. I do know an ideal 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. Effectively, Italian. Pizza and pasta. Any type of consolation meals—

Gwyneth: Rattling it, I do not need pasta!

Owen: Effectively, 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 contented ending. Washington Put up columnist Kate Cohen, who complained based mostly on outdated info that there aren’t enough abortions on TV, might be so upset when she finds out about this in a couple of years.