But after the soap announced the abortion story earlier this month, it received backlash from viewers and fans.
Earlier this month, Emmerdale announced that they would be airing a new story. This will help Laurel find out that she is pregnant with Jai’s baby.
And on today’s episode, the couple were shocked when Laurel took a pregnancy test and it came back positive.
However, the couple will attend a scan in future episodes. But it quickly becomes clear that not everything is as it should be.
After warm and tearful conversations, the couple decides to take a CVS test (Chorionic Villus Sampling). The results show that the baby has Down syndrome.
In the ensuing scenes, the couple will have some very deep, emotional conversations. However, you will make the sad decision not to proceed with the pregnancy.
After the news of this story broke, some viewers and fans were outraged. It wasn’t just fans who stayed angry, however.
Actress Sally Phillips, best known for her roles in Miranda and the Bridget Jones film series, has accused the soap of causing « unnecessary harm » in the plot.
The actress, whose 16-year-old son Olly also has Down syndrome, told the Daily Mail, “If Emmerdale wanted to tell the story of a medical resignation to support women who choose this path, this would have told without identifying a specific condition.
« The use of Down syndrome diagnosis does unnecessary harm to a group of people, many of whom watch and enjoy the show, precisely because there is a character with Down syndrome.
« The hate crime against people with disabilities is on the rise and with this story in Disability Awareness Month it has been ill at best frail and thoughtless and at worst irresponsible. ”
Diff-Ability is a Cumbrian Community Interest company serving people with disabilities and learning difficulties. The group asked ITV to remove the plot.
The founder of Diff-Ability, Cristina Bowman, has a young son with Down syndrome herself. She supported a petition for ITV to change the plot so Laurel and Jai can keep their baby.
Meanwhile, Emmerdale producer Laura Shaw was defending the soap. She has asked critics to watch the plot before passing judgment.
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