History Main / GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion

27th Mar '17 9:55:24 AM RoseAndHeather
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* Played mostly straight in ''Literature/HonorHarrington''. It is mentioned that this is a part of the Beowulf Code (the foundation for medical ethics across the known universe). When Honor becomes [[ButICantBePregnant unexpectedly pregnant]], she immediately rejects the idea of abortion, but does seriously consider adoption. Abortion isn't necessary anyway, as they can remove and "tube" fetuses safely (i.e. place them in a {{uterine replicator}}), which is what Honor ends up doing.

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* Played mostly straight in ''Literature/HonorHarrington''. It is mentioned that this is a part of the Beowulf Code (the foundation for medical ethics across the known universe). When Honor becomes [[ButICantBePregnant unexpectedly pregnant]], she immediately rejects the idea of abortion, but does seriously consider adoption. Abortion isn't necessary anyway, as they can remove and "tube" fetuses safely (i.e. place them in a {{uterine replicator}}), which is what Honor ends up doing.[[note]]It should be noted that in the Honorverse, birth control is ''much'' more reliable, to the point where unexpected pregnancies are almost unheard-of; Honor's only occurred due to [[spoiler:her being declared legally dead at one point]], resulting in a documentation error regarding her implant.[[/note]]
16th Mar '17 9:11:23 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' has Cristina get pregnant and have a miscarriage before her scheduled abortion. The second time she gets pregnant [[note]](which should have been nearly impossible given the circumstances)[[/note]], she actually has the abortion. It causes a lot of trouble between her and her husband, though her decision is perfectly in-character. This time it's contrasted by Meredith and Derek [[LawOfInverseFertility unsuccessfully trying to conceive]] after Meredith's previous miscarriage, which happened the day she found out about the pregnancy, so she didn't have time to make a decision.

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* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' has Cristina get pregnant and have a miscarriage before her scheduled abortion. The second time she gets pregnant [[note]](which pregnant,[[note]]Which should have been nearly impossible given the circumstances)[[/note]], circumstances.[[/note]] she actually has the abortion. It causes a lot of trouble between her and her husband, though her decision is perfectly in-character. This time it's contrasted by Meredith and Derek [[LawOfInverseFertility unsuccessfully trying to conceive]] after Meredith's previous miscarriage, which happened the day she found out about the pregnancy, so she didn't have time to make a decision.



* ''Series/TheMagicians'': When Julia gets pregnant due to Renard's rape, she decides to have an abortion right away, and this is treated as perfectly acceptable. Kady confides in her that she had an abortion as well (although she's not portrayed as "good" exactly).

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* ''Series/TheMagicians'': When Julia gets pregnant due to Renard's rape, she decides to have an abortion right away, and this is treated as perfectly acceptable. Kady confides in her that she had an abortion as well (although she's not portrayed as "good" exactly). Julia later gets one from two Korean magicians.
14th Mar '17 10:29:37 PM DustSnitch
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** When J.D. gets his girlfriend pregnant, he has one of his daydreams where he discusses abortions with {{Jesus}}:

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** When J.D. gets his girlfriend pregnant, he has one of his daydreams where he discusses abortions with {{Jesus}}:UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}:
12th Mar '17 4:20:40 PM PurrElise
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* Averted in ''Series/{{Tenko}}'' where almost all of the women agree [[spoiler: Dorothy's]] abortion is necessary and the best choice to make.
7th Mar '17 11:09:37 PM Timjames98
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'''No real life examples please. This is a very sensitive topic, and the term "good" as applied to a living person is very subjective.'''

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'''No real life examples please. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment This is a very sensitive topic, topic]], and the term "good" as applied to a living person is very subjective.'''
7th Mar '17 10:59:22 PM Timjames98
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* In ''Literature/TheNakedSun'', it is revealed that the Solarians have to operate their artificial gestation chambers manually because if Robots operated it then they would keep all the fetuses and embryos alive (including those with imperfections). Since the biggest rule of Robots is that a Robot can not harm a human, this means that the novel considers fetuses and embryos to be human beings. Later in ''Literature/TheRobotsOfDawn'', the physically deformed Doctor Fastolfe states that he would have been aborted had his physical imperfections been detected before his birth. Elijah Baley replies by stating that if Fastolfe had been aborted then humanity would have lost one of its best minds.
7th Mar '17 10:44:37 PM Timjames98
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Part of the reason for this is to both avoid the wrath of the MoralGuardians, and as well as avoid polarizing the audience (though this can happen anyway if her decision not to abort is made in a hamfisted manner)[[note]]Only 50% of Americans support abortion on demand, with the other 50% either only approving of abortion under severe circumstances or never approving at all. [[/note]], but it's mostly because if the character had an abortion and everyone went home happy, [[RuleOfDrama it would make for an uninteresting and/or short story]], or worse, [[BrokenAesop imply that abortion is nothing special]]. Writing a character who has an abortion and feels ambivalent or uneasy about her choice is generally verboten. However, if the character decides to keep the child, a large avenue of potential plot lines opens up for the writer to exploit. For example, new Characters, all manner of CharacterDevelopment and WeddingAndEngagementTropes, etc.

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Part of the reason for this is to both avoid the wrath of the MoralGuardians, and as well as avoid polarizing polarizing/alienating a big chunk of the audience (though this can happen anyway if her decision not to abort is made in a hamfisted manner)[[note]]Only 50% of Americans support abortion on demand, with the other 50% either only approving of abortion under severe circumstances or never approving at all. [[/note]], but it's mostly because if the character had an abortion and everyone went home happy, [[RuleOfDrama it would make for an uninteresting and/or short story]], or worse, [[BrokenAesop imply that abortion is nothing special]]. Writing a character who has an abortion and feels ambivalent or uneasy about her choice is generally verboten. However, if the character decides to keep the child, a large avenue of potential plot lines opens up for the writer to exploit. For example, new Characters, all manner of CharacterDevelopment and WeddingAndEngagementTropes, etc.
23rd Feb '17 8:45:26 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/HeroesReborn2015'': In the flashback when Erica's father finds out that she's pregnant and says he'll support whatever decision she makes. She continues her pregnancy.

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* ''Series/HeroesReborn2015'': In Averted in the flashback when Erica's father finds out that she's pregnant and says he'll support whatever decision she makes. She continues her pregnancy.pregnancy though.



** Played every which way in an episode appropriately titled ''Shades of Gray'' where the doctors treat the victim of a woman's clinic bombing. When Dr. Weaver orders Dr. [=DelAmico=] to complete the abortion that one woman was in the process of having, the Catholic [=DelAmico=] freezes, then leaves. In that same episode, Weaver lectures another young woman from the clinic, who was there for her fifth procedure, telling her that her behavior is irresponsible, citing that she could simply use birth control and avoid all this. Proving that she isn't a "good girl", the woman basically tells her to fuck off. The most sympathetic vignette is a 40-something year old woman who admits that despite being HappilyMarried and dearly loving her four daughters, she simply does not want any more children, nor does she want to start the child-rearing process all over again, having just sent the last of her kids off to college.

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** Played every which way in an episode appropriately titled ''Shades of Gray'' where the doctors treat the victim of a woman's clinic bombing. When Dr. Weaver orders Dr. [=DelAmico=] to complete the abortion that one woman was in the process of having, the Catholic [=DelAmico=] freezes, then leaves. In that same episode, Weaver lectures another young woman from the clinic, who was there for her fifth procedure, telling her that her behavior is irresponsible, citing that she could simply use birth control and avoid all this. Proving that she isn't a "good girl", the woman basically tells her to fuck off. The most sympathetic vignette is a 40-something year old woman who admits that despite being HappilyMarried and dearly loving her four daughters, she simply does not want any more children, nor does she want to start the child-rearing process all over again, having just sent the last of her kids off to college. There's a pro-life protester injured in the bombing as well, who naturally believes this trope to be true, although she's told off for it.
23rd Feb '17 8:40:48 PM Fireblood
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.* ''Series/TheMagicians'': When Julia gets pregnant due to Renard's rape, she decides to have an abortion right away, and this is treated as perfectly acceptable. Kady confides in her that she had an abortion as well (although she's not portrayed as "good" exactly).
23rd Feb '17 7:13:00 PM Fireblood
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* {{Enforced}} under a future dystopian government in ''When She Woke'', where after a {{sterility plague}} there is a surge in Christian fundamentalism, gaining enough power to amend the US constitution so abortion is banned. Women found guilty of abortion are sentenced to genetic alteration so their skin turns bright red over a certain amount of time. Instead of being sent to prison, all are free out in society, but shunned due to the stigma, and sometimes killed (other crimes get different colors), in a {{homage}} to ''Literature/TheScarletLetter''. Most live in shelters run by the fundamentalist Christians where they're made to confess and do penance in a creepy fashion. The author herself doesn't agree with this stance on abortion, and the book reflects that clearly.
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