As we sat watching Downton Abbey yesterday, getting more annoyed the more useless Rosamund showed herself to be, we thought we would be sad witnesses of yet another programme which would pedal the same old liberal lie: that abortion is a woman’s ‘right’. How glad and proud we were when, after Edith sadly admitted that she would be killing her baby with an abortion and after she caught a glimpse of the misery which inevitably follows abortion (be it immediately or years later, in some cases) in the form of a sobbing woman in the ‘clinic’, she decided against abortion and her child was allowed to live! My Mum said afterwards [of Julian Fellowes], “He’s a Catholic, you know”, to which I replied that being a Catholic (in name) means nothing nowadays. That’s true, but that makes this particular occasion all the more sweet because no one would have batted an eyelid if a Catholic like Fellowes had openly shown support for abortion.
Yes, it’s only a story line, but it means that millions of people will see that strong message, and that was very brave of Julian Fellowes. I don’t know if Fellowes is a faithful Catholic (I found this about him in The Telegraph. He says, “On Sunday I like going to Church. I’m a Catholic so I’m conditioned to it.” Hmmm), but he’s been faithful on this point and that’s good enough for me.
Who knows what seeds may have been sewn in the hearts of those watching last night, whilst curled up in front of the TV. It makes me happy to know that a pro-life message has been shared with so many. I hope it all goes right for Edith and her baby in the rest of series!