BBC drama Three Families leaves viewers ‘in tears’


Viewers of the BBC drama Three Families were left ‘in tears’ watching the stories of women affected by restrictive abortion laws in Northern Ireland.

The two-part series, which continues tonight, is based on writer Gwyneth Hughes’ conversations with three women seeking abortions in 2013, six years before the procedure was decriminalized in Northern Ireland.

Last night’s episode featured two of the women: Hannah (Amy James-Kelly), who is forced to live a pregnancy even after learning that the fetus has a fatal abnormality, and Theresa (Sinéad Keenan), who is arrested. after ordering pregnancy termination pills. for her teenage daughter who was forced into sex by her abusive boyfriend.

The moving drama struck a chord with viewers at home, including many women who shared their own experiences with abortion

Viewers of the BBC drama Three Families were left 'in tears' watching the stories of women affected by restrictive abortion laws in Northern Ireland.  In one scene, Hannah gave birth to a dying child, as her husband held her, both in deep distress, was unbearable for many

Viewers of the BBC drama Three Families were left ‘in tears’ watching the stories of women affected by restrictive abortion laws in Northern Ireland. In one scene, Hannah gave birth to a dying child, as her husband held her, both in deep distress, was unbearable for many

The third story, introduced in episode two, centers around Rosie, who is told her baby will die before or shortly after birth and therefore qualifies for termination due to the adverse effects childbirth will have on. his sanity.

The moving drama struck a chord with viewers at home, including many women who shared their own experiences with abortion.

One of them tweeted: ‘#ThreeFamilies, I knew it was going to be a tough watch. I experienced firsthand what it is. I cried several times! I can’t decide if it’s relief to be able to relate to others, or if it releases guilt.

Another added: “It was a difficult but incredibly important and powerful watch. I am filled with both rage and grief. Women should ALWAYS be in control of their own bodies. #ThreeFamilies. ‘

A third posted: “Watching #ThreeFamilies tonight breaks my heart, sending so much love to everyone who resonates with these stories.”

Last night's episode featured two of the women, including Hannah (Amy James-Kelly), who is forced to live a pregnancy even after learning that the fetus has a fatal abnormality.  Pictured, with husband Jonathan (Colin Morgan) on screen

Last night’s episode featured two of the women, including Hannah (Amy James-Kelly), who is forced to live a pregnancy even after learning that the fetus has a life-threatening defect. Pictured with husband Jonathan (Colin Morgan) on screen

Viewers at home were moved by the story and discussed restrictive abortion laws

Viewers at home were moved by the story and discussed restrictive abortion laws

The series began with Theresa, who considered abortion a “mortal sin”. Her best friend Louise (Kerri Quinn) heckled women outside abortion clinics.

However, when she found out that her teenage daughter had become pregnant, she was urged to take steps to help her terminate her pregnancy by ordering pills online.

The secret has escaped. After Orla (Lola Petticrew) and Theresa spoke to their GP, he called child protection services – and Orla’s school called the police.

Surprisingly, Theresa found herself in court, where the magistrate’s voice dripped with contempt as he read the charge that, in violation of a 150-year-old law, she was accused of “providing poison to get a miscarriage “.

The series begins with Theresa (Sinéad Keenan), who is arrested after ordering pregnancy termination pills for her daughter Orla (Lola Petticrew) who was forced into sex by her abusive boyfriend.

The series begins with Theresa (Sinéad Keenan), who is arrested after ordering pregnancy termination pills for her daughter Orla (Lola Petticrew) who was forced into sex by her abusive boyfriend.

Theresa ended up in court, where the magistrate read the charge that, in violation of a 150-year-old law, she was accused of

Theresa ended up in court, where the magistrate read the charge that, in violation of a 150-year-old law, she was accused of “providing poison to obtain a miscarriage”

Meanwhile, Hannah and her husband Jonathan (Colin Morgan) receive a devastating blow when their long-awaited baby is diagnosed with thanatophoric dysplasia, a severe skeletal disorder, and is told she will most likely be stillborn.

While they initially think they will be eligible for an abortion, they are later told that they are not and that Hannah “will have to continue as usual.”

Treated by doctors and psychologists as if she had committed unspeakable crimes, considering an abortion and carrying a disabled fetus in the first place, Hannah was abandoned by the system.

The scene in which she gave birth to her dead baby, while her husband held her, both in deep distress, was unbearable for many.

The third story, introduced in episode two, centers around Rosie, who is told her baby will die before or shortly after birth and therefore qualifies for termination due to the ill effects that childbirth has. will have on his sanity.

The third story, introduced in episode two, centers around Rosie, who is told her baby will die before or shortly after birth and therefore qualifies for termination due to the ill effects that childbirth has. will have on his sanity.

A nurse entered the maternity ward and took a photo with a Polaroid camera “for your keepsake box”.

The episode also sparked a discussion of current abortion laws in Northern Ireland, which remains a divisive issue. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is currently trying to change them again.

Laws covering abortion were initially the Offenses Against the Person Act of 1861, then the Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) and the Protection of the Lives of Children Act in 1945.

It was a criminal offense in Northern Ireland to have or perform an abortion except in a handful of circumstances, including if a woman’s life was in danger or there was a risk of catastrophic damage to his sanity.

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