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Julia A. Seymour

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NBC medical drama ‘New Amsterdam’ discourages pro-life opinions

Julia A. Seymour

October 24, 2019 (NewsBusters) — Want your grandchild to be born instead of aborted? Keep it to yourself is the advice from NBC's New Amsterdam.

Last week, pregnant, coffee shop clerk Ella told Dr. Vijay Kapoor she hadn't decided if she was going to keep the baby (who is his grandchild). Vijay's son was Ella's boyfriend who skipped town when he learned of the pregnancy.

Since Dr. Iggy Frome was the only person Vijay confided in about his grandchild, he turned to Iggy for advice Tuesday night on the medical drama. However, the therapist is a crusading liberal and proponent of "reproductive rights." Iggy insisted that Vijay shouldn't even tell Ella his feelings about the matter.

After Vijay says he's going to talk to Ella, Iggy says, "What, no? No, no, no you can't. You can't talk to her. Ella's about to make a profoundly personal decision, one that is only hers to make."

"No buts, no meddling, no prying," Iggy continues. "You can't even ask."

(Video here.)

"So what can I do?" Vijay asks.

Iggy advises his friend, "Whatever you need to do to not talk to her about it, you should do that."

It's unclear how or why Iggy thinks that Vijay's avoidance of a woman he views as a daughter (and which is sure to make her feel even more abandoned and alone) could possibly be a good idea.

Thankfully, Vijay doesn't entirely follow the terrible advice. He stops by the coffee stand and awkwardly orders while saying he won't bring up anything personal. He tells Ella he'll go to other coffee stands from now on so he doesn't accidentally "counsel" her about the situation.

Later, Ella drops by the doctor's office and tells him, "I don't know what that was earlier, but if I want to talk to someone in the future, I would like to talk to you."

Vijay says, "Whatever you decide, we will always be family" and hugs her.

But the fate of Ella's baby remains uncertain for now.

Simultaneously, Dr. Helen Sharpe and Dr. Max Goodwin were fighting with Barcroft Insurance over coverage for surrogate pregnancies after a sudden policy change threatened to stop a cancer patient from becoming a mother.

Although they failed to secure a company-wide policy reversal, Max's efforts convince a single Barcroft employee to find a way for the patient, Paz Aquino, to still have her surrogate pregnancy covered. Life wins!

Published with permission from NewsBusters.

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