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So... I don’t even know if anyone around here watches this show. I generally enjoy it, and for the most part it does a good job of demonstrating progressive stances on a variety of issues. It has a pretty diverse cast, and I am super into shows that hire people who are actual members of the group being represented (though I recognize that opinions vary on Katie LeClerc’s portrayal of Daphne, is she is hard of hearing but not actually deaf).

Since the show’s mid-season return, it’s revealed that Lily (Toby’s ex-girlfriend) is pregnant, and somehow she already knows that the baby has Down’s Syndrome. And I immediately knew how that plot was going to be resolved before it even started. I understand that there are a variety of opinions as to the morality of getting an abortion as a result of finding out about a disability or other congenital condition, but the show has presented abortion as the absolute last choice that Lily should make. They’ve paid lip service to the idea of it, but every character so far who has suggested that has been very obstinate or insensitive about it. Then everyone spent the entire last episode telling Toby what a great idea caring for a child with Down’s Syndrome would be (by the way, he is 21 and works part-time as a DJ; Lily is 24 and either getting a PhD or at least working in academia). One random father that he meets at a school for people with disabilities says that it is the single most rewarding thing you could ever do in your life and that the best part of it is dealing with adversity. And on and on it goes. I understand that this is a complex issue and that it’s good to show it from multiple points of view, but it was clear from the writing that abortion was never in the cards for Lily. Toby at one point even says it would be the easy way out. I just wish that for once, it could be shown as a valid choice, that good people make, and that it is not done to take the easy way out, but generally out of careful consideration of all the factors and potential outcomes. *Sigh*