A young woman's body is found in a drainage ditch clad in only a bracelet, showing signs of having undergone an abortion, and totally drained of blood.

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Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
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Detective Murdoch investigates when a young woman's nude body is found in a ditch. They learn that the young girl, Lily Dunn, was fired from her job the day she died but according to Dr. Ogden the young girl bled to death and probably hemorrhaged after having had an abortion. The evidence leads to a one-time admirer of Dr. Ogden's, Doctor Isaac Tash. With his own relationship with Dr. Ogden getting more serious - and physical - Murdoch is feeling both a little jealous and more than a little concerned about her professional conduct when he sees Julia leaving Tash's office. Murdoch pursues the case with his usual zeal, but when he learns the truth, he has to re-evaluate his position and perhaps his relationship with Julia. Written by garykmcd

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Crabtree mentions a current, new meaning for the word "hunch," referring to a premonition or hint of correctness in this episode which takes place in 1896. Alhough the first use of the word can be traced back to 1630, the first known use of "hunch" in the figurative sense of "hint, tip" (a "push" toward a solution or answer) was first recorded in 1849. Its first recorded use as a synonym for "premonition, presentiment" occurred in 1904. See more »

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Detective William Murdoch: Sir, the situation with Tash is complicated.
Inspector Thomas Brackenreid: Yes, he did us a good turn in the past, but Lillie Dunn deserves justice, so why don't you go and do what you do best, me old mucker? Step on some toes and upset people.
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No shades of "gray" when it comes to abortion
24 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I find this episode very interesting. A woman bleeds to death and for some reason no one can tell exactly what she died from.

The woman that died was pregnant and seemed to be looking for an abortion which was illegal. She goes to a number of people and then takes different concoctions on her own to end the life of her baby.

Dr Ogden a female coroner seems to be friends with an abortionist. I could not find an answer as to what caused the death of this woman accept that she bled to death from all parts of her body and people feel sorry that she could not get a proper abortion by a licensed doctor.

Everyone was making excuses as to why this woman died. Murdoch is supposed to be a Catholic he makes the Sign of the Cross in episodes that I have seen. He is bothered by the circumstances of the death of this woman but not enough to make a clear cut cause as to why this woman bled to death. He does bother him that Dr Ogden's doctor friend is an illegal abortionist..

Dr Ogden, admits to Murdoch she had an abortion years ago and said she does not regret it. The man that made her pregnant was married and she sought a career as a doctor so a baby would interfere with her future. She seems to taunt Murdoch about his religion and beliefs.

To me these excuses are to justifying why a baby's life is not important unless it meets all the mother's criteria for her present and future goals. If the woman does not want the baby she should use moral strength to not get involved in sexual situations. If she does get pregnant, married or single and does not want the baby put the baby up for adoption or let the other relatives raise it but don't kill it.

I find that Murdoch is troubled by this but does not say enough to stand by life. He has no authority to judge Dr Ogden for her decision but it does seem to bother him but not enough to express the value of life of an unborn child it this episode. He does express his values in other episodes more strongly because of his character to seeks the truth and his religious beliefs guide or supposedly when he makes the Sign of the Cross.

I find the justice system gives women a pass on why they can kill babies and men in their life and get away with having sexual relations with students in their class.

Society is like "The Walking Dead" no morals, no conscience, no God.


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