‘The Good Physician’s Christian Resident on Abortion: ‘I Don’t Remorse It,’ ‘God Forgave Me’


A primary-year surgical resident faced-off with a disapproving Chief of Surgical procedure and different residents over her spiritual objection to performing an abortion within the winter premiere episode of ABC’s The Good Physician. As a substitute of standing up for her beliefs, she caved when it turned obvious her choice would have an effect on her residency, then admitted she had an abortion she did not remorse and thought her changing into a health care provider was proof God forgave her for it.

Within the episode airing January 11 titled “Lim”, Dr. Jordan Allen (Bria Samone Henderson) advised Dr. Audrey Lim (Christina Chang), the Chief of Surgical procedure, that she didn’t wish to carry out an elective D&C process, explaining, “I am a Christian. Performing an abortion goes towards my beliefs.” Dr. Lim was not blissful, she advised Jordan that it was her job to ensure the residents study all the procedures, together with abortions. After one other first-year surgical resident volunteered to do the abortion as an alternative, Dr. Lim accepted the supply, then snarked, “That’s the form of ambition I wish to see.”

Later, Jordan determined to go forward and do the abortion as a result of one other physician satisfied her that since she was a first-year resident, she didn’t wish to get on the unhealthy aspect of the Chief of Surgical procedure. After the affected person stated she was scared throughout prep, Jordan requested her, “Are you sure you wish to go forward with the abortion?” After receiving affirmation, she stated, “Then you do not have to be scared. You are the making the proper choice for you.”

Through the abortion, although, Jordan was unable to finish the process and Dr. Lim, who was supervising Jordan and guiding her by means of it, needed to take over and end it. Then she mocked her “ethical objection.”



Dr. Lim: Insert the speculum. Now dilate the cervix. Start suction. Start light suction within the uterus. 

Affected person: Is something improper? 

Dr. Lim: You are okay. Dr. Allen, I can take it from right here.  Don’t be concerned. We’re virtually finished. You are gonna be simply wonderful… You don’t have any thought what that lady was going by means of, and also you made it worse for her. 

Jordan: I do know. I did not – 

Dr. Lim: You had a chance to decide out earlier than you walked into that room, however you agreed to do the process, you took on an obligation to that affected person, and also you failed her. If you happen to ever do something like that once more, I’ll have you ever faraway from my program. Perhaps try to be cleansing bedpans for some time. Hopefully there is not any ethical objection to that.

Later, Jordan went to apologize to Dr. Lim and that’s once we discover out that Jordan herself had an abortion in her previous. She selected her profession over the unborn child and her religion, she advised Dr. Lim, however she did not remorse it and thought God forgave her as a result of she’s turn out to be a health care provider.




Dr. Lim: Yeah? 

Jordan: Dr. Lim, my habits yesterday was inexcusable and unprofessional. I allow you to down. I let the affected person down. I’m deeply sorry. And I promise it is not going to occur once more.

Dr. Lim: You let your private judgment get in the best way of doing all your job. 

Jordan: You are proper. That’s inexcusable. You stated I had no thought what the affected person was going by means of. The reality is I kinda do. Scared, alone, afraid of anybody discovering out. I selected my profession over motherhood, over my religion. However I do not remorse it. And I do know God forgave me as a result of I get to be right here, residing my dream of being a health care provider. However I purposely attempt not to consider it. 

Dr. Lim: You are off scut responsibility. 

Jordan: That is not why I –

Dr. Lim: Take it.

A professional-choice message pushed by a purportedly Christian character. There isn’t any room for pro-life surgeons, apparently, particularly in tv medical dramas.