Emmerdale has come under fire by disability campaigner Adam Pearson over Laurel Thomas and Jai Sharma’s Down’s syndrome termination storyline.
After learning that their unborn baby has Down’s syndrome, the pair decide to terminate the pregnancy.
Emmerdale: Laurel and Jai’s Down’s syndrome termination storyline faces criticism
However, the upcoming soap storyline hasn’t sat well with some, including British actor Adam.
Hitting out at the storyline on Twitter yesterday (November 5), Adam wrote: “Seriously @emmerdale – what year is this?
“You have a very talented disabled cast member in @jamesmooreactor and yet your running this cliched storyline?
“Disability is a death sentence. Downs lives aren’t worth living.”
Disability is a death sentence…yada…yada…yada…
Downs lives aren’t worth living…yada…yada…yada…
— Adam Pearson (@Adam_Pearson) November 5, 2020
Adam’s post was met to a string of supportive tweets.
One wrote: “Considering Rhona already has a lovely child, Leo I’m sure this is going to cause serious problems. I’m not sure it’s a good idea at all or necessary and they’ve already covered fetal fatality so why this?”
While a second urged Adam to sign a petition against the storyline, saying: “Please do sign our petition in protest of @ITV blatant disregard for people with Down’s Syndrome and their loved ones. We’re sick of putting up with this prejudice.”
Over 6,000 soap viewers have currently signed the petition.
What has Charlotte Bellamy said about the abortion storyline?
Charlotte Bellamy, who plays Laurel, said: “Terminating a pregnancy is an emotive subject. But I think what Emmerdale does brilliantly is portray difficult stories that are important to tell.
“The statistics tell us that a majority of people, faced with similar news resulting from the diagnostic test, do take this decision.
“So I hope Laurel and Jai’s story will take the audience on the journey of them coming to this conclusion and having some understanding why they do.”
The actress added: “There are some very powerfully written scenes that I hope will give a fair portrayal of their situation.”
Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.
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