In true Gilmore Girls fashion, A Year In The Life ended with a shocking cliffhanger, revealing that Rory Gilmore was pregnant during a time of professional and emotional uncertainty for her. Since the reveal, fans have been trying to figure out how Rory's life and the series itself would be affected by the addition of a baby.
Now, the creator of our favorite mother-and-daughter duo has revealed something very interesting: The young journalist doesn't necessarily have to go through with the pregnancy. During an interview with BuzzFeed, #GilmoreGirls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino opened up about the struggles of raising a child:
“There’s nothing harder in the world than being a parent. And if you are not equipped mentally, financially, emotionally, to take that on, you can’t do it because the consequences are ridiculous.”
Here, she's obviously hinting at a possible, controversial path for Rory. Still, Amy considered the trouble of tackling that storyline, even today, stating:
“The abortion issue is so weird, you know, because it’s so testy with the world, especially the KKK world that we now live in. But I think that somebody as smart as Rory is going to take a step back and look at all the angles, and then make her decision, because it’s too important a job to make the wrong decision when it comes to kids.”
These comments open an interesting conversation about the topic and where it could take Rory Gilmore as a character, especially with a ninth season visible in the horizon.
Giving Rory The Option Of Not Going Through With The Pregnancy Is A Good Thing
Everyone has a different opinion regarding abortion, so I'm not going to dive into the personal beliefs minefield regarding the issue. I'll simply settle for saying this: An abortion carries a heavy stigma. There are people who look at women who've gone through one as insensitive and even cruel. That needs to stop. What I am more interested in exploring are the benefits it brings to the table, both for the TV show and its audience.
Gilmore Girls carries a lot of weight with its audience because of its smart approach to real problems. Throughout eight seasons, the show explored themes like the controversy surrounding an unmarried woman having a child, the stigmatization of divorce, and the problems of teenage pregnancies in a very digestible way, showing fans who were going through those situations the good side of them.
It would be the same situation with Rory. If she decided to not go through with the pregnancy, it should be handled with the typical Gilmore approach and avoid putting a stigma on Rory. Instead, open a conversation about it: How does this affect her? Is she affected at all? Abortion has long been painted as an agonizing decision, one of the most difficult a woman will ever make in her life. And while this is true for some women, for others it's one of the easiest decisions they'll ever make.
Even for people who aren't diehard fans of the show, the storyline could change their perspectives on abortion; the series has the potential to show that the right to choose is a good thing or at least explore the various possibilities of a decision that has, to this point, been stigmatized. Amy even talked about that during an interview with TVLine:
"Rory doesn’t have to keep the baby. There are choices here that she can make. It’s just the left turn. It’s that curveball that life throws you."
The key word here is "choice." Giving Rory complete control over her life and see how she manages this unexpected event would be a great real-life metaphor and it would give the show an arc to carry an entire season. The thing is...
Would An Abortion Fit Rory's Character?
Labeling an abortion as something that fits or doesn't fit her character would imply that having the choice of having an abortion or not is something that can't be integrated smoothly, as a way of looking after her own best interests. During the interview with BuzzFeed, Amy revealed that
“Unless [Rory] thought, I’m really going to make a go at this and that’s really going to make me happy, and I’m really gonna make this kid happy [She's not going through with it]”
That proves that Rory's mindset will be making the best decision for her unborn child and herself: If she's not in a place where she can provide a good and happy life for her baby, she won't have it. And that fits with who Rory Gilmore is.
On the other hand, is there any indication of her keeping the baby? Throughout the series, Rory is shown to be her mom's rock. She is a very mentally mature girl who, in a way, has served as a mother figure for years. ASP even discussed the fact that her new arc is meant to mimic her parents' journey. So, despite her being in a bad place in life...
... it's safe to say she could also go through with her pregnancy. Plus, let's not forget the great support Lorelai would be, not to mention going down as one of the coolest grandmothers in history. Overall, Rory is surrounded by people who love her and that would make the responsibility of having a child in her situation a fun and interesting journey.
I would actually love if she kept the baby and relived her own story. For example, when Lorelai had Rory, she didn't have a place to live. She built a life for herself and her daughter out of nothing, an incredible feat that I'd love to see Rory accomplish. However, whatever ends up happening with our Gilmore Girls, with ASP and Daniel Palladino's talent, I'm confident they could give us an amazing new storyline.
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Do you agree with Gilmore Girls compassionately exploring the topic of abortion in the future?