Sacrilegious Cinemax Show “The Knick” Features Nun Performing Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 18, 2014   |   6:52PM   |   Washington, DC

A sacrilegious television show on the Cinemax cable television channel is coming under fire from Catholics today because it features a nun performing an abortion.

The Knick is a television drama series on Cinemax directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen. The program looks at the professional and personal lives of Dr. John W. Thackery (played by Owen) and the staff at the fictional Knickerbocker Hospital (“the Knick”) during the early part of the twentieth century. Abortion was not legal during this time.

theknickThe August 15 episode of “The Knick” features Sister Harriet, a nurse played by Cara Seymour who runs an orphanage and who visits an Irish Catholic woman, Nora, who wants an abortion. The woman doesn’t want her husband to find out.

During the exchange, Sister Harriet says: “Your husband will know nothing of it. I promise.”

“Will God forgive me? I don’t want to go to hell for killing a baby,” Nora asks.

“He knows that you suffered. I believe the Lord’s compassion will be yours,” the Catholic nun responds.

At this point, audience is led to believe that the nun performs the abortion.

Bill Donohue of the Catholic League is upset by the program.

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“It is no secret that Hollywood is a big pro-abortion town, but to depict a nun who performs an abortion is a new low,” he told “The only saving grace in this episode is the real-life recognition of the woman who is about to have the abortion: she admits that her baby is going to be killed.”

ACTION: Contact Time Warner communications Senior VP Keith Cocozza at [email protected]