Though the premise of Jane the Virgin is that its titular character was accidentally artificially inseminated and decided to keep the baby, the show has, in just over two seasons, handled abortion exactly the way it should be handled: with facts and enough nuance to show that, like all health decisions, what’s right for one person might not be right for another.
Monday night’s episode was no exception. Though Jane decided not to have an abortion in Season 1, and is now raising her son Mateo, her mother Xiomara is a different woman. She’s already decided she doesn’t want to have a child with Jane’s father Rogelio, so, after discovering that she is pregnant with his arch nemesis Esteban’s spawn, Xo doesn’t suddenly change her stance on having a child. She wants to live a life she feels she missed out on by having Jane so young, and as she tells Rogelio, if she wasn’t going to have a baby with him, it’s not like she’s suddenly going to change her mind (even if it would mean the telenovela could have yet another plot twist).