Emmerdale spoilers: Rhona Goskrik horrified as Laurel Thomas decides to abort over Down's syndrome fears

RHONA Goskirk is horrified next week in Emmerdale after Laurel Thomas decides to abort her baby over Down’s syndrome fears.

The ITV soap will air a special four-hander episode as Marlon and Rhona react to Laurel and Jai’s heartbreaking decision following a prenatal diagnosis.

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Viewers will then see Laurel and Jai head home to work out and process the diagnosis.

But when they arrive they’re shocked to realise Gabby has found the scan picture and that she’s got the kids excited about having another brother or sister. 

Later, Rhona notices something is bothering Laurel, and encourages her to open up. 

But when Laurel does come clean to Rhona about what’s happening, it’s clear she’s hurt and offended by the conversation they’re having.

The next day, as Laurel and Jai continue to struggle to make their decision they overhear Marlon and Rhona chatting about the joy their son Leo has brought into their lives. 

Later, Jai and Laurel discuss all the options and factors, but realise they’re both united in a silent agreement to terminate the pregnancy.

Viewers watched this week as a shocked Laurel was told there were irregularities with the foetus at her first scan with Jai.

The nurse was unable to complete the measurements herself and brought in a doctor, who then broke the news that the scan and Laurel’s age indicated that the baby could have a chromosomal disorder like Down’s syndrome.

Laurel and Jai were sent home and told to make a decision about whether to take the test to confirm the condition.

The controversial storyline has already sparked furious backlash, with disability campaigners labelling it offensive and damaging.

Defending the plot, producer Laura Shaw told The Sun Online: ““Please watch it, please just watch it before you make any opinions. 

“We haven’t gone into this lightly. We’ve spoken to as many people as we possibly can, we’ve got the research. It’s based on real-life and I think people will see that. 

“You are going to feel uncomfortable at times watching it but I hope that people will then understand why we’ve done it. 

“It’s always a balancing act when you do stories like this but I truly believe that when you watch it you will see we’ve shown a balanced view.”

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