Now that season 13 of Grey’s Anatomy has started I cannot help myself but relate every sitcom we watch or read about to Grey’s. I am a bit obsessed with the show so every little thing reminds me of it in some aspect. I got ahead on our assignments so I already watched the 1970’s show called Maude, but I still think it is crucial to recognize the similarities between Maude and Grey’s Anatomy. Specifically, when Maude aborts her child this reminds me exactly of when Cristina Yang chooses to have an abortion. From the very first season Cristina makes it clear that she does not want kids, she is strictly medicine and business. But when Cristina and her boyfriend, Burke, get pregnant, she senses that he wants to keep the baby. Although Cristina and Burke are in love and almost get married in a later season, Cristina’s attitude and perception toward being a mother does not change, therefore she decides to have an abortion without Burke knowing. With the pro-life/pro-choice debate raging in the United States, especially in the political realm, Cristina’s abortion plotline was an attempt at defusing the issue and going against the norm.
Still from Grey’s Anatomy, “Save Me” (Season 1, Episode 8, 2005.)
The episode “Maude’s Dilemma” is very similar. Maude and her husband, however, mutually decide that having a baby is not the smartest decision, given their age. Nonetheless, both shows challenge a very critical subject. Abortion is a very quiet matter, especially on television. Abortion has been tightly criticized by religious views, which is probably why most producers stray away from the controversial issue. While analyzing this issue, however, I found a writer that reasons with Maude rather than criticizing her. In the last three paragraphs of Amanda Marcotte’s article she acknowledges the realistic portrayal of Maude’s abortion. Maude was confused, emotional, but also reasonable (Maude did not want to risk the baby’s health and wellness by having a baby at such an old age). Therefore, Maude and Cristina Yang both help lighten an issue that is often silenced. There will always be disagreements regarding abortion, so television deserves to be able to portray both incidences (characters having babies as well as characters going through with an abortion).
Jenna Romano (Blog #3)