The huge problem with 'Grey's Anatomy': Doctors, babies and a complete absence of birth control

In recent times, far too many pregnancy plotlines have been used, overused and even abused — just to create a little more drama


                            The huge problem with 'Grey's Anatomy': Doctors, babies and a complete absence of birth control
Owen Hunt and Meredith Grey (ABC)

Unplanned pregnancies happen. But, in the 'Grey's Anatomy' world, they happen way too often. And in recent times, far too many pregnancy plotlines have been used, overused and even abused — just to create a little more drama.

Take this season itself, first Owen Hunt had a baby with Teddy Altman and then there was news about Amelia Shepherd's unexpected child. Forget the fact that she didn't know she was pregnant (reminder: she's a doctor), there is now another mystery around who the father is.

Hasn't she ever heard about popping pills after unprotected sex? A few episodes down the line, it was Miranda Bailey's turn. She has no clue about her pregnancy and soon, has a miscarriage. 

For how long will fans bear this nonsensical madness? Do the showrunners think viewers are that stupid? Thanks to condom ads airing on TV, there is barely anyone who doesn't know about birth control in this era.

Pointing this out, one fan wrote, "I love @shondarhimes, but why don't any of the characters on any of her shows seem to know how to use birth control. Couple after couple gets unexpectedly pregnant. What's the deal? #station19 #GreysAnatomy #PrivatePractice #UseACondom."

Jo Wilson and Ben Warren (ABC)

Another fan mocked the show saying, "Maybe they didn't learn about that in Med School?" Well, this is not the first time someone pointed it out. "For a bunch of educated doctors, they sure don't seem to understand how birth control works," one fan wrote back in January.

Another viewer said, "How do the women of #GreysAnatomy who are supposed to be talented doctors always end up accidentally pregnant?? They can perform surgery but can't figure out birth control?"

Creating suspense around sudden baby births has gotten utterly repetitive and boring — even for a daily soap. "I know it's a soap, but they're doctors and NO ONE uses birth control, it's so insane at this point," one tweet read and another said, "All these doctors are practicing medicine yet nobody is on birth control."

As more episodes air on ABC, it is time for 'Grey's Anatomy' writers to really start working on their plots, or they will soon lose all of their fan base. In case the message is not clear, no more baby stories, please.

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