Religious issues are often dealt with in Films and in television programmes. This has been evident in such shows as Eastenders, Sunset Beach, Star Wars and Hollyoaks. In this document I will focus on only one incident from only one television Drama. I could have chosen one of a number of issues they include issues such as the Euthanasia issue between Dot and Ethel and Cheating priest saga with Kathy and Alex (both of which are Eastenders plots).I chose to discuss the Abortion issue circled around Ricky and Bianca (another Eastenders plot).
The issue was handled very realistically and maturely. The ongoing saga begins with Bianca and Ricky going to the Hospital to get a baby scan. The episode then continues with Ricky requesting to know the sex of his and Biancas baby, the nurses response is to say that she need to go and get a consultant after a short worrying pause.After a while the Doctor calls them into his office and tells the parents to be that the vertebrae of the foetus are malformed so it has spinal bifida and will be physically disabled, they are also old that the foetus has an associated problem of hydrocephaly and will have brain damage. The doctor tells them more heartbreaking news about the baby and then tells them that they can have the pregnancy terminated if they want to. During the same episode Bianca gets advice from to of her friends, the first of which is Grant Mitchell her best friends husband. He tells her to go and discuss the issue and problem with Ricky and that ut should be a joint decision. Later on she is paid a visit by Pat Evans.
Pat tells Bianca that she is young and that she can always have more children. After they both think it through they decide to have an abortion. When they get to the hospital Bianca flees after only a short while. She has changed her mind and wants to keep the baby stating that the baby is scared and knows what is going on. After all the stress, thinking and waiting the baby is operated on and the pregnancy is terminated.
After a while the baby was brought back to Bianca and Ricky, by this time Alex the Vicar was present in the Hospital. Alex asks if the baby was given a name Bianca replies no so the Vicar suggests that she gives her a name, so Bianca names the dead baby Natasha.This episode and scenario explores and discusses several of the difficulties and real life issues that take place in this situation. It also gives both moral and Christian views on the subject. The episode explores the views of both parents and the influence that the doctor has on their decision.
At the end there is the involvement of the local Vicar (Alex). He offers support but is forbidden to give a Christian view as Bianca feels guilty enough and orders Alex not to lecture her. The show also explores the tension and difficulty that the couple had while making the choice. They also show theInfluence of others (Pat and Grant) on the final decision. And the affect that hey had on the decision on a whole. The whole situation also show the effect hat it has on peoples lives, as both Bianca and Ricky skip work over the issue ad they can hardly concentrate on anything else.