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Thursday, May 20, 2004

I am quite fascinated by this...

The OC is a Fox show. If you haven't heard of it, it's like 90210. If you haven't heard of 90210...well, what can I say?

In the recent season finale, young Theresa learns that she is pregnant. It's not clear who the father is. She decides to terminate the pregnancy.

Earth mother Kirsten invites herself along on a trip to Planned Parenthood.

Having a more serious discussion, Kirsten and Theresa share lunch. Theresa says her choice makes the most sense, so that's what she has to do. Kirsten tries to get her to see that maybe you don't always have to make the decision that makes the most sense, but Theresa says that's easy to say when your life has been perfect. And that's when it comes out that Kirsten once had an abortion herself. And that she wished somebody had been there for her when she was trying to choose.
And after this conversation, Theresa changes her mind.

If you want to read the plot summary, click here and then click through to the Episode Guide (on the menu bar across the top). Then, click on "The Ties That Bind."

I didn't see the show, so I don't know how Kirsten handled herself during this conversation. However, it's hard to imagine this conversation unfolding the way it did without it being clear that Kirsten regrets her abortion--enough that she would go out of her way to take the risk of revealing it, and enough that she thinks that it is important to put herself out there to advocate for the baby, even though Theresa's pregnancy is far from ideal.

You go, popular culture.

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