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22nd Jun '17 12:24:54 AM TheDragonDemands
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* Cersei Lannister reveals to Eddard Stark in ''[[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Games of Thrones]]'' that when her husband Robert impregnated her, she had the child aborted -- not so much because she didn't want children -- but she didn't want ''Robert's'' children, and was perfectly fine bearing the secret children of [[{{Twincest}} her own twin brother]] who she passes off as Robert's children. In-story, this is used to show her villainous and petty side. In the [[Series/GameOfThrones TV series]], Cersei does give birth to her child with Robert and it turns out to be a son, but he dies shortly after birth due to a fever.

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* Cersei Lannister reveals to Eddard Stark in In ''[[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Games of Thrones]]'' Thrones]]'':
**Cersei Lannister reveals to Eddard Stark
that when her husband Robert impregnated her, she had the child aborted -- not so much because she didn't want children -- but she didn't want ''Robert's'' children, and was perfectly fine bearing the secret children of [[{{Twincest}} her own twin brother]] who she passes off as Robert's children. In-story, this is used to show her villainous and petty side. In Fans hotly debate the implications of this - but Cersei ''herself'' considers her abortion to have been "murdering" Robert's child, and she did it ''gladly'', purely out of spite against him. She considers it a petty triumph against Robert.
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the [[Series/GameOfThrones TV series]], Cersei does give birth to her child with Robert and it turns out to be a son, but he dies shortly after birth due to a fever.fever. In fact, the TV version has omitted any mention of abortion in Westeros, with other characters such as Lysa.


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**Asha Greyjoy mentions that she learned how to make her own moon tea from an apothecary, due to being very sexually active with many men, "to keep her stomach flat". From the way it's phrased it is unclear if she had an outright "abortion", as moon tea is both an abortive and contraceptive drug.
12th Jun '17 8:12:04 AM my_username
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** On ''Series/Santa Barbara'', Eden got pregnant by her sleazy husband Kirk after he tampered with her birth control pills. Because Eden was a "good girl", she wanted to continue carrying this baby until it was born. But she miscarried it, and she was sad about it. She said, "The baby would have been the only good thing to come out of my marriage. I really would have liked to have had it."

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** On ''Series/Santa Barbara'', ''Series/SantaBarbara'', Eden got pregnant by her sleazy husband Kirk after he tampered with her birth control pills. Because Eden was a "good girl", she wanted to continue carrying this baby until it was born. But she miscarried it, and she was sad about it. She said, "The baby would have been the only good thing to come out of my marriage. I really would have liked to have had it."
12th Jun '17 8:10:24 AM my_username
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** On ''Series/Santa Barbara'', Eden got pregnant by her sleazy husband Kirk after he tampered with her birth control pills. Because Eden was a "good girl", she wanted to continue carrying this baby until it was born. But she miscarried it, and she was sad about it. She said, "The baby would have been the only good thing to come out of my marriage. I really would have liked to have had it."
9th Jun '17 7:02:00 PM cherrychels
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* In ''Literature/RosemarysBaby'', Rosemary breaks down crying at one point, out of confusion and fear over her extremely bizarre pregnancy. Her friends convince her that the constant pain she's been experiencing is ''not'' a normal pregnancy symptom, and that she should see a different doctor about it (her own is insisting that it's normal, though we later find out that it's because [[spoiler:he's a Satanist in on the plan for her to give birth to the Antichrist]]). Rosemary's first thought is that they're suggesting she abort the baby, and tearfully insists she won't do that. Her friends assure her that they weren't recommending that, and just that she ought to get a second opinion to make sure there wasn't a health complication she was unaware of.

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* In ''Literature/RosemarysBaby'', Rosemary breaks down crying at one point, out of confusion and fear over her extremely bizarre pregnancy. Her friends convince her that the constant pain she's been experiencing is ''not'' a normal pregnancy symptom, symptom and that suggest she should see a different doctor about it (her own current doctor is insisting that it's normal, though we later find out that it's this is because [[spoiler:he's a Satanist in on the plan for her Rosemary to give birth to the Antichrist]]). Rosemary's first thought is that they're suggesting she abort the baby, and tearfully insists she won't do that. Her friends assure her that they weren't recommending that, and just that she ought to get a second opinion to make sure there wasn't isn't a health complication she was is unaware of.



*** Another retcon regarding Erica that inadvertently played this straight. When she conceived after being raped, she hid her pregnancy from her mother. By the time her mother found out, it was too late for an abortion, though this had little to do with moral grounds nor with Erica's desire to have the baby -- she was unable to talk about what happened. Because a teenaged Erica was too young to raise her baby daughter at the time and wanted her baby to have a happy life and to protect her from the painful truth, Erica and her mother place Erica's baby girl for adoption with a good couple.

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*** Another retcon regarding Erica that inadvertently played this straight. When she conceived after being raped, she hid her pregnancy from her mother. By the time her mother found out, it was too late for an abortion, though this had little was not due to do with moral grounds nor with Erica's desire to have the baby -- she was unable to talk about what happened. Because a teenaged Erica was too young to raise her baby daughter at the time and wanted her baby to have a happy life and to protect her from the painful truth, Erica and her mother place Erica's baby girl for adoption with a good couple.



** The one character that in the past had an abortion was the very pro-life-y "revirginized" leader of the school Clean Teen group (who revealed her past transgressions with a tearful "I KILLED MY BABY!").

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** The one character that in the past had an abortion in the past was the very pro-life-y "revirginized" leader of the school Clean Teen group (who revealed her past transgressions with a tearful tearful, "I KILLED MY BABY!").



* Played somewhat straight on ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Darla says that she tried to have an abortion when she discovered she was pregnant. It ''didn't work''. Turns out the baby was mystically protected while in her womb. However, Darla is about as far as one can get from being a "good girl".[[note]]She's a vampire in a setting where vampires are AlwaysChaoticEvil with ''very'' limited exceptions, and as a human, Darla was a prostitute who likely was aware of others who chose to abort rather than bring a child into that world and/or lose their livelihood.[[/note]]

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* Played somewhat straight with on ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Darla says that she tried to have an abortion when she discovered she was pregnant. It ''didn't work''. Turns out the baby was mystically protected while in her womb. However, Darla is about as far as one can get from being a "good girl".[[note]]She's a vampire in a setting where vampires are AlwaysChaoticEvil with ''very'' limited exceptions, and as a human, Darla was a prostitute who likely was aware of others who chose to abort rather than bring a child into that world and/or lose their livelihood.[[/note]]
9th Jun '17 2:51:23 PM cherrychels
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** In the same series, Daya becomes pregnant by a corrections officer that she was in a SecretRelationship with. She doesn't want to get him in trouble, and she knows the baby would be taken away from her after it's born, so she asks her cellmate Gloria to make up an abortifacient herbal tea for her. Later, her heretofore estranged mother reveals that she spoke to Gloria first and told her ''not'' to give Daya an abortifacient (it was actually a laxative) [[IWantGrandkids as wants her grandchild]]. Daya comes to decide to keep the child [[spoiler:who turns out to be a daughter but due to circumstances in seasons 4 and 5, eventually decides to place her child for adoption with a woman she had been meeting with in order to give her daughter a better life.]]

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** In the same series, Daya becomes pregnant by a corrections officer that she was in a SecretRelationship with. She doesn't want to get him in trouble, and she knows the baby would be taken away from her after it's born, so she asks her cellmate Gloria to make up an abortifacient herbal tea for her. Later, her heretofore estranged mother reveals that she spoke to Gloria first and told her ''not'' to give Daya an abortifacient (it was actually a laxative) [[IWantGrandkids as she wants her grandchild]]. Daya comes to decide to keep the child [[spoiler:who turns out to be a daughter but due to circumstances in seasons 4 and 5, eventually decides to place her child for adoption with a woman she had been meeting with in order to give her daughter a better life.]]
9th Jun '17 11:57:35 AM cherrychels
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*** JD and Kim discuss adoption, but JD rejects that since he thinks that if it were a girl, he might one day in the future end up sleeping with her without knowing who she is. They decide to keep the baby and Kim has a miscarriage after she is PutOnABus. A few months later, after it is revealed that she lied about the miscarriage and that she is still pregnant, she gives birth and they raise the child (who is a boy), though they are no longer a couple.

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*** JD and Kim discuss adoption, but JD rejects that since he thinks that if it were a girl, he might one day in the future end up sleeping with her without knowing who she is.she's his adult daughter. They decide to keep the baby and Kim has a miscarriage after she is PutOnABus. A few months later, after it is revealed that she lied about the miscarriage and that she is still pregnant, she Kim gives birth and they raise the child (who is a boy), though they are no longer a couple.



* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Child", After Troi gets pregnant by mysterious means, Worf suggests as a precaution that the pregnancy be terminated. But then Troi shoots that idea down: "I am having this baby."

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Child", After Troi gets pregnant by mysterious means, means and Worf suggests as a precaution that the pregnancy be terminated. But then However, Troi shoots that idea down: "I am having this baby."



*** Another retcon regarding Erica that inadvertently played this straight. When she conceived after being raped, she hid her pregnancy from her mother. By the time her mother found out, it was too late for an abortion, though this had little to do with moral grounds nor Erica's desire to have the baby -- she was unable to talk about what happened. Because a teenaged Erica was too young to raise her baby daughter at the time and wants to give her baby the best life and protect her from the painful truth, Erica and her mother decided to place Erica's baby girl for adoption with a good couple.

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*** Another retcon regarding Erica that inadvertently played this straight. When she conceived after being raped, she hid her pregnancy from her mother. By the time her mother found out, it was too late for an abortion, though this had little to do with moral grounds nor with Erica's desire to have the baby -- she was unable to talk about what happened. Because a teenaged Erica was too young to raise her baby daughter at the time and wants to give wanted her baby the best to have a happy life and to protect her from the painful truth, Erica and her mother decided to place Erica's baby girl for adoption with a good couple.



** ''Series/OneLifeToLive'': Blair refuses to abort Patrick's baby, despite the utterly disastrous circumstances—Patrick is in a relationship with Marty, while Blair's marriage to Todd is in an upheaval over Todd's return from the dead and the kidnapping of their own child, Starr. (There was the RealitySubtext of Blair's portrayer being pregnant in RealLife and TPTB deciding to write it in). Of course, towards the end of her pregnancy, she gets into a car accident and the baby is killed. Later on, Marty herself becomes pregnant and insists that she will have the baby despite the risks to her health, even as Patrick begs her to reconsider (ironic, given his staunch Catholicism), not wanting to lose her.
*** Teenager Jessica Buchanan also decides against an abortion, despite similarly bad circumstances--her young age, her not being involved with the baby's father. She too, loses the baby at the end of the pregnancy after being hit by a car.

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** ''Series/OneLifeToLive'': Blair refuses to abort Patrick's baby, despite the utterly disastrous circumstances—Patrick circumstances -- Patrick is in a relationship with Marty, while Blair's marriage to Todd is in an upheaval over Todd's return from the dead and the kidnapping of their own child, Starr. (There Starr, Blair and Todd's daughter[[note]]There was the RealitySubtext of Blair's portrayer being pregnant in RealLife and TPTB deciding to write it in).in[[/note]]. Of course, towards the end of her pregnancy, she gets into a car accident and the baby is killed. Later on, Marty herself becomes pregnant and insists that she will have the baby despite the risks to her health, even as Patrick begs her to reconsider (ironic, given his staunch Catholicism), not wanting to lose her.
*** Teenager Jessica Buchanan also decides against an abortion, despite similarly bad circumstances--her circumstances -- her young age, her not being involved with the baby's father. She too, also loses the baby at the end of the pregnancy after being hit by a car.
9th Jun '17 11:32:39 AM cherrychels
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** And Lysa Arryn, nee Tully, is revealed to have had an abortion when she was young when she was impregnated by a man she was not married to and was below her station, ([[spoiler:Petyr Baelish]]) which resulted in her father making her drink "moon tea" to abort the child. Worse, Lysa says that she would've gladly born the child and didn't even know what they were giving her until it was too late. It's also implied that her later issues with multiple miscarriages once she is married might be a result of this, though it's not certain since this was also said to have happened to Lysa's mother as well.

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** And Lysa Arryn, Arryn nee Tully, Tully is revealed to have had an abortion when she was young when she young. She was impregnated by a man she was not married to and who was below her station, station ([[spoiler:Petyr Baelish]]) Baelish]]), which resulted in her father making her drink "moon tea" to abort the child. Worse, Lysa says that she would've gladly born the child and didn't even know what that they were giving her moon tea until it was too late. It's also implied that her later issues with multiple miscarriages once she is married might be a result of this, though it's not certain since this was also said to have happened to Lysa's mother as well.



*** Another retcon regarding Erica that inadvertently played this straight. When she was conceived after being raped, she hid her pregnancy from her mother. By the time her mother found out, it was too late for an abortion, though this had little to do with moral grounds nor Erica's desire to have the baby -- she was unable to talk about what happened. Because a teenaged Erica was too young to raise her baby daughter at the time and wants to give her baby the best life and protect her from the painful truth, Erica and her mother decided to place Erica's baby girl for adoption with a good couple.

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*** Another retcon regarding Erica that inadvertently played this straight. When she was conceived after being raped, she hid her pregnancy from her mother. By the time her mother found out, it was too late for an abortion, though this had little to do with moral grounds nor Erica's desire to have the baby -- she was unable to talk about what happened. Because a teenaged Erica was too young to raise her baby daughter at the time and wants to give her baby the best life and protect her from the painful truth, Erica and her mother decided to place Erica's baby girl for adoption with a good couple.
9th Jun '17 11:29:14 AM cherrychels
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* Cersei Lannister reveals to Eddard Stark in ''[[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Games of Thrones]]'' that when her husband Robert impregnated her she had the child aborted, not so much because she didn't want children, but she didn't want ''Robert's'' children, and was perfectly fine bearing the secret children of [[{{Twincest}} her own twin brother]]. In story this is used to show her villainous and petty side. In the [[Series/GameOfThrones TV series]] the child died shortly after birth due to a fever.

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* Cersei Lannister reveals to Eddard Stark in ''[[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Games of Thrones]]'' that when her husband Robert impregnated her her, she had the child aborted, aborted -- not so much because she didn't want children, children -- but she didn't want ''Robert's'' children, and was perfectly fine bearing the secret children of [[{{Twincest}} her own twin brother]]. In story brother]] who she passes off as Robert's children. In-story, this is used to show her villainous and petty side. In the [[Series/GameOfThrones TV series]] the series]], Cersei does give birth to her child died with Robert and it turns out to be a son, but he dies shortly after birth due to a fever.



* Both {{averted|Trope}} and [[PlayingWithATrope played straight]] in ''The Diviners'' by Margaret Laurence. A minor character (who was abused and mistreated throughout her life) self-aborts with a coathanger. The baby is buried at the dump and a nice boy from town marries her, although she can no longer have children. Morag, the protagonist, later uses the incident in a [[MostWritersAreWriters novel]]. Morag's character is a BrokenBird stripper type.

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* Both {{averted|Trope}} and [[PlayingWithATrope played straight]] in ''The Diviners'' by Margaret Laurence. A minor character (who was abused and mistreated throughout her life) self-aborts with a coathanger.coat hanger. The baby is buried at the dump and a nice boy from town marries her, although she can no longer have children. Morag, the protagonist, later uses the incident in a [[MostWritersAreWriters novel]]. Morag's character is a BrokenBird stripper type.



*** Played straight with Erica's youngest daughter Bianca, who conceived after her own rape. Despite the circumstances, she couldn't bring herself to abort, carried the baby to term, and decided to raise her daughter herself.

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*** Played straight with Erica's youngest daughter Bianca, who conceived after her own rape. Despite the circumstances, she couldn't bring herself to abort, abort and carried the baby to term, and decided deciding to raise her daughter herself.
9th Jun '17 11:15:56 AM cherrychels
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** GOB cautions George Michael that if a religious girl gets pregnant, "she stays pregnant." "When GOB was in high school, he had sex with these women. These women got pregnant. This one had a baby."

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** GOB cautions George Michael that if a religious girl gets pregnant, "she stays pregnant." "When "
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GOB was in high school, he had sex with these women. These women got pregnant. This one had a baby."



* In ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'', Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett was in the clinic for abortion #5, but remembers a conversation she had the night before with her boyfriend/husband/whatever the hell he was, and [[PullTheIV pulls the IV out]]. She took his gun and shot the nurse that was tending to her because of a snarky comment the nurse made about how many abortions Ms. Doggett had had. The pro-lifers protesting outside the clinic think she did it to support their cause, though, and give her legal aid and support. Shortly thereafter, Pennsatucky [[BecomingTheMask became]] TheFundamentalist. It isn't known what became of the child...or her partner.
** In season 3, it's implied that [[spoiler: she miscarried anyway]]. She is also shown in the Mother's Day episode to regret the children she aborted (and the one she didn't), giving them names and making a little memorial for them with crosses made out of Popsicle sticks, with each of their names on them. Big Boo talks her out of her funk, by saying that [[MercyKill by aborting them, she spared them a miserable life and spared the legal system more criminals to deal with, thus doing what was best for them.]]
** In the same series, Daya becomes pregnant by a corrections officer that she was in a SecretRelationship with. She doesn't want to get him in trouble, and she knows the baby would be taken away from her after it's born, so she asks her cellmate to make up an abortifacient herbal tea for her. Later, her heretofore estranged mother reveals that she spoke to the cellmate first and told her ''not'' to give Daya an abortifacient (it was actually a laxative) [[IWantGrandkids in order to get a grandchild]].

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* In ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'', Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett was in the clinic for abortion #5, but remembers a conversation she had the night before with her boyfriend/husband/whatever the hell he was, and [[PullTheIV pulls the IV out]]. She took takes his gun and shot shoots the nurse that was tending to her because of a snarky comment the nurse made about how many abortions Ms. Doggett had has had. The pro-lifers protesting outside the clinic think believe she did it to support their cause, though, and cause though. As a result, they give her Pennsatucky legal aid and support.support during her trial and while she is incarcerated for the shooting. Shortly thereafter, Pennsatucky [[BecomingTheMask became]] TheFundamentalist. It isn't known what became of the child... or her partner.
** In season 3, it's implied that [[spoiler: she miscarried anyway]]. She is also shown in the Mother's Day episode to regret the children she aborted (and the one she didn't), giving them names and making a little memorial for them with crosses made out of Popsicle sticks, with each of their names on them. Big Boo talks her out of her funk, by saying that [[MercyKill by aborting them, she spared them a miserable life and may have potentially spared the legal system more criminals to deal with, thus doing what was best for them.]]
** In the same series, Daya becomes pregnant by a corrections officer that she was in a SecretRelationship with. She doesn't want to get him in trouble, and she knows the baby would be taken away from her after it's born, so she asks her cellmate Gloria to make up an abortifacient herbal tea for her. Later, her heretofore estranged mother reveals that she spoke to the cellmate Gloria first and told her ''not'' to give Daya an abortifacient (it was actually a laxative) [[IWantGrandkids in order to get a as wants her grandchild]]. Daya comes to decide to keep the child [[spoiler:who turns out to be a daughter but due to circumstances in seasons 4 and 5, eventually decides to place her child for adoption with a woman she had been meeting with in order to give her daughter a better life.]]



* On ''Series/ADifferentWorld'', when Kim fears she's pregnant, she outright weeps "I don't want to have an abortion!", even though she's clearly upset about being pregnant. Understandable--she's a college freshman and only just started dated the baby's father. She turns out not to be pregnant after all.

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* On ''Series/ADifferentWorld'', when Kim fears she's pregnant, she outright weeps weeps, "I don't want to have an abortion!", even though she's clearly upset about being pregnant. Understandable--she's Understandable -- she's a college freshman and only just started dated the baby's father. She turns out not to be pregnant after all.



** The Catholic Church views human life as beginning at conception, and as such considers willful abortion to be a mortal sin in all circumstances and punishable by both excommunication and [[DraggedOffToHell eternal damnation]] (unless those involved in the abortion [[LastSecondChance repent]]). As a result, both the Catholic Church and Catholic lay people tend to be active in the anti-abortion movement.

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** The Catholic Church views human life as beginning at conception, and as such considers willful abortion to be a mortal sin in all circumstances and punishable by both excommunication and [[DraggedOffToHell eternal damnation]] (unless those involved in the abortion [[LastSecondChance repent]]). As a result, both the Catholic Church and some individuals with Catholic lay people views tend to be active in the anti-abortion movement.
9th Jun '17 10:56:46 AM cherrychels
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* Averted in ''Manga/EternalSabbath'' - when Yuri's mother finds out she's pregnant just as she's starting to rebuild her relationship with her daughter, she opts to abort, out of equal parts a desire to concentrate on Yuri and a fear she'll love the new child to the point she can't accept the one she has. The story is entirely on her side. [[spoiler:When Isaac kills her - abortion is his BerserkButton for ''very'' valid reasons - it's presented not as karma but as a tragedy, and is the crucial mistake that seals his fate.]]

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* Averted in ''Manga/EternalSabbath'' - -- when Yuri's mother finds out she's pregnant just as she's starting to rebuild her relationship with her daughter, she opts to abort, out of equal parts a desire to concentrate on Yuri and a out of fear she'll love the new child to the point she can't where she'll be unable to accept the one she has. The story is entirely on her side. [[spoiler:When Isaac kills her - -- abortion is his BerserkButton for ''very'' valid reasons - reasons: it's not presented not as karma karma, but as a tragedy, and is the crucial mistake that seals his fate.]]



* The ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6867429/1/Darkest_Night Darkest Night]]'' involves Hilda getting pregnant after being raped by [[CastingAShadow Grimsley]]. She decides not to get an abortion, for reasons that are discussed but never fully explained (what makes the situation [[FridgeLogic even weirder]] is that the author wrote another fanfic for the same exact fandom that actually featured morning-after pills).

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* The ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6867429/1/Darkest_Night Darkest Night]]'' involves Hilda getting pregnant after being raped by [[CastingAShadow Grimsley]]. She decides not to get an abortion, for reasons that are discussed but never not fully explained (what makes the situation [[FridgeLogic even weirder]] is that the author wrote another fanfic for the same exact fandom that actually featured morning-after pills).explained.



* A ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' fanfic titled "Choices" featured Alesha realizing that she's pregnant as the result of her rape. Despite not wanting to have her rapist's child, she can't bring herself to abort it either and drags her feet on making a decision until it's too late for one. She ends up having a ConvenientMiscarriage.

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* A ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' fanfic titled "Choices" featured features Alesha realizing that she's pregnant as the result of her rape. Despite not wanting to have her rapist's child, a child conceived as a result of rape, she can't bring herself to abort it either and drags her feet on making a decision until it's too late for one. She ends up having a ConvenientMiscarriage.



* In ''Film/BreakfastOnPluto'', Patrick "Kitten" Braden's childhood friend Charlie travels to London to have an abortion. Kitten accompanies Charlie to the clinic, assuring her that she's making the right decision, fearing the child might end up a "disaster" like [[CloudCuckoolander Kitten]] [[WholesomeCrossdresser herself]]. Charlie decides against it at the last second - [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming turns out she wouldn't mind at all if the child ended up like Kitten.]]

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* In ''Film/BreakfastOnPluto'', Patrick "Kitten" Braden's childhood friend Charlie travels to London to have an abortion. Kitten accompanies Charlie to the clinic, assuring her that she's making the right decision, fearing the child might end up a "disaster" like [[CloudCuckoolander Kitten]] [[WholesomeCrossdresser herself]]. Charlie decides against it at the last second - -- [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming turns out she wouldn't mind at all if the child ended up like Kitten.]]



* In ''Film/JohnnyBelinda'', Belinda is a deaf-mute and somewhat slow. She's pretty happy about having her rapist's baby although it's not entirely clear if she could even make the connection between the incident and her pregnancy.

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* In ''Film/JohnnyBelinda'', Belinda is a deaf-mute and somewhat slow. She's After she is raped, she becomes pregnant and is pretty happy about having her rapist's baby the baby, although it's not entirely clear if she could even make makes the connection between the incident and her pregnancy.



* In the first series of ''Series/TheOC'', Ryan gets a girl pregnant, and she says she's not going to have an abortion. It's quite probably not his, but he won't even consider this, despite the fact that it seems like his ex-girlfriend is trying to force him back into a relationship after her boyfriend - the probable actual father of her child - dumped her. But then, in the next season, she said she had ConvenientMiscarriage off-screen and drops off the face of the Earth, only for it to revealed later that she ''faked'' the miscarriage and has the kid, who wasn't his anyway.

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* In the first series of ''Series/TheOC'', Ryan gets a girl pregnant, and she says she's not going to have an abortion. It's quite probably not his, but he won't even consider this, despite the fact that it seems like his ex-girlfriend is trying to force him back into a relationship after her boyfriend - -- the probable actual father of her child - -- dumped her. But then, in the next season, she said she had ConvenientMiscarriage off-screen and drops off the face of the Earth, only for it to revealed later that she ''faked'' the miscarriage and has the kid, who wasn't his anyway.



* In ''Series/{{Frontline}}'', hard-nosed bitch reporter Brooke finds out she's pregnant, and wants to keep the baby. However, she's not married and the producers blackmail her with mentions that she's being considered for the star of a new show - but that would be impossible if she was pregnant on-air. They mention that she could discreetly deal with the problem and call the absence a family emergency. At the end of the episode, she's absent for a day due to "a grandmother's funeral."
* In the UK mini-series ''The Duchess of Duke Street'', Louisa Trotter becomes pregnant by her lover, Charlie Tyrrell, in 1903. When she and Charlie discuss what to do they both dismiss abortion out of hand because of the very real danger of infection. The decision not to abort was justifiable given the time frame, but the decision to have the character become pregnant was less defensible given that she was {{very loosely based|OnATrueStory}} on a historical individual who never had a child and probably never slept with a man.
* {{Soap Opera}}s like to play this every which way. Of the few characters who ''have'' had abortions, most of them are usually "Good Girls" in very sympathetic situations (rape, teen pregnancy, etc). Those who don't go through with it usually end up having a ConvenientMiscarriage.
** Famously averted on ''Series/AllMyChildren'' in 1973, where a young Erica Kane has an abortion. She did, however, gain a life-threatening infection from the procedure. This was later infamously {{retcon}}ned decades later into the abortion doctor harvesting Erica's fetus and implanting it in his own wife, resulting in the character of Josh Madden. Never mind that [[ArtisticLicenseBiology that's not even possible now, let alone in the seventies!]]
*** Another retcon regarding Erica that inadvertently played this straight. When she was impregnated after a rape, she hid it from her mother. By the time her mother found out, it was too late for an abortion, though this was clearly not on any moral grounds nor Erica's desire to have the baby--she was simply too terrified to speak up.
*** Played straight with Erica's own daughter Bianca, who conceived after her own rape. Despite the circumstances, she couldn't bring herself to abort and carried the baby to term.
*** Averted with Julia Santos, though the circumstances--she'd also been raped--made her sympathetic. It was still a major clash with her family's and her own staunch Catholicism--her parents and sister gave her their unconditional love and support, but clearly did not approve of her decision.
*** Played straight with Dixie Martin. Despite her husband and his family (several of whom were medical professionals) practically trying to browbeat her into having an abortion given the serious health risks that a pregnancy would bring, she refused--and eventually miscarried due to those very same health issues.

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* In ''Series/{{Frontline}}'', hard-nosed bitch reporter Brooke finds out she's pregnant, and wants to keep the baby. However, she's not married and the producers blackmail her with mentions that she's being considered for the star of a new show - -- but that would be impossible if she was pregnant on-air. They mention that she could discreetly deal with the problem and call the absence a family emergency. At the end of the episode, she's absent for a day due to "a grandmother's funeral."
* In the UK mini-series ''The Duchess of Duke Street'', Louisa Trotter becomes pregnant by her lover, Charlie Tyrrell, in 1903. When she and Charlie discuss what to do do, they both dismiss abortion out of hand because of the very real danger of infection. The decision not to abort was justifiable given the time frame, but the decision to have the character become pregnant was less defensible given that she was {{very loosely based|OnATrueStory}} on a historical individual who never had a child and probably never slept with a man.
* {{Soap Opera}}s like to play this every which way. Of the few characters who ''have'' had abortions, most of them are usually "Good Girls" in very sympathetic situations (rape, teen pregnancy, etc). Those who don't go through with it usually end up having a ConvenientMiscarriage.
ConvenientMiscarriage but not always.
** Famously averted on ''Series/AllMyChildren'' in 1973, where a young Erica Kane has an abortion. She did, however, gain a life-threatening infection from the procedure. This was later infamously {{retcon}}ned decades later into the abortion doctor harvesting Erica's fetus and implanting it in his own wife, resulting in the character of Josh Madden.Madden, Erica's son with Jeff Martin. Never mind that [[ArtisticLicenseBiology that's not even possible now, let alone in the seventies!]]
*** Another retcon regarding Erica that inadvertently played this straight. When she was impregnated conceived after a rape, being raped, she hid it her pregnancy from her mother. By the time her mother found out, it was too late for an abortion, though this was clearly not on any had little to do with moral grounds nor Erica's desire to have the baby--she baby -- she was simply unable to talk about what happened. Because a teenaged Erica was too terrified young to speak up.
raise her baby daughter at the time and wants to give her baby the best life and protect her from the painful truth, Erica and her mother decided to place Erica's baby girl for adoption with a good couple.
*** Played straight with Erica's own youngest daughter Bianca, who conceived after her own rape. Despite the circumstances, she couldn't bring herself to abort and abort, carried the baby to term.
term, and decided to raise her daughter herself.
*** Averted with Julia Santos, though the circumstances--she'd who also been raped--made conceived after being raped. Julia experiences an emotionally difficult time making a decision and when she ultimately decides to end her sympathetic. It was still pregnancy, it causes a major clash with her family's and her own staunch Catholicism--her Catholicism. Julia's parents and sister gave give her their unconditional love and support, support but clearly did they do not approve of her decision.
*** Played straight with Dixie Martin. Despite her husband and his family (several of whom were are medical professionals) practically trying to browbeat her into having an abortion given due to the serious health risks that a pregnancy would bring, will bring her, she refused--and refuses -- and eventually miscarried miscarries due to those these very same health issues.



** Incidentally, Nina's reasons for wanting to abort are similar to [[Manga/FruitsBasket Kyoko Honda's]] - fear of repeating what she herself went through with an abusive mother, who constantly reminded Nina that she was the result of an unplanned pregnancy.

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** Incidentally, Nina's reasons for wanting to abort are similar to [[Manga/FruitsBasket Kyoko Honda's]] - -- fear of repeating what she herself went through with an abusive mother, who constantly reminded Nina that she was the result of an unplanned pregnancy.



* ''Series/BostonLegal'': Missy Tiggs once tricked a man so he'd make her pregnant with his child and he hired Alan Shore to have the courts ''force'' her to abort. Alan accepted the case and believed he had a chance because ever since ''Roe vs Wade'', the government has been waiting for a chance to have ''Roe vs. Wade'' overturned without being seen as anti-abortion for this (or so he believed - the series never hinted if he was right or wrong in that point). Alan's FreudianExcuse for this is that, back in college, he once got a woman pregnant and she, assuming he'd not want the child, had an abortion and only told him afterward. Alan took the case hoping to make it so the child's father would have as much right as the mother over the abortion issue.

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* ''Series/BostonLegal'': Missy Tiggs once tricked a man so he'd make her pregnant with his child and he hired Alan Shore to have the courts ''force'' her to abort. Alan accepted the case and believed he had a chance because ever since ''Roe vs Wade'', the government has been waiting for a chance to have ''Roe vs. Wade'' overturned without being seen as anti-abortion for this (or so he believed - -- the series never hinted if he was right or wrong in that point). Alan's FreudianExcuse for this is that, back in college, he once got a woman pregnant and she, assuming he'd not want the child, had an abortion and only told him afterward. Alan took the case hoping to make it so the child's father would have as much right as the mother over the abortion issue.



* ''Series/{{Defiance}}'': {{Averted|Trope}} with [[spoiler:Amanda]], who is one of the least ambiguously good characters and had an abortion years ago. The abortion itself is treated as an understandable choice given the [[AfterTheEnd overall]] [[DeathWorld situation]], but her handling of it - not even discussing it with the father, [[spoiler:Connor Lang]], beforehand, even knowing he would have a problem with it - led to the destruction of their relationship.

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* ''Series/{{Defiance}}'': {{Averted|Trope}} with [[spoiler:Amanda]], who is one of the least ambiguously good characters and had an abortion years ago. The abortion itself is treated as an understandable choice given the [[AfterTheEnd overall]] [[DeathWorld situation]], but her handling of it - -- not even discussing it with the father, [[spoiler:Connor Lang]], beforehand, even knowing he would have a problem with it - -- led to the destruction of their relationship.



* On ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Edith considers having an abortion when she gets pregnant out of wedlock, and her boyfriend is married to another woman and currently missing. The fact that it was even brought up is very progressive considering the time period, and her normally harsh aunt even supports her. However, the clinic is presented as a very dark, seedy place (probably TruthInTelevision for the time), and Edith chickens out, eventually choosing adoption.

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* On ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Edith considers having an abortion when she gets pregnant out of wedlock, wedlock and the father of her boyfriend child is her boyfriend, who is technically married to another woman and currently missing. The fact that it was even brought up is very progressive considering the time period, and her normally harsh aunt even supports her. However, the clinic is presented as a very dark, seedy place (probably TruthInTelevision for the time), and Edith chickens out, decides against abortion, eventually choosing adoption.



** In the ProWrestlingEpisode "W.T.F." the boys set up a WWE acting ring, and Cartman regularly takes the role of a wrestler's floozy. One of his most frequent claims is that he's addicted to drugs, pregnant with some other wrestler's baby, and then that he's had an abortion. Eventually he makes the claim that [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs he's addicted - to abortions.]]

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** In the ProWrestlingEpisode "W.T.F." the boys set up a WWE acting ring, and Cartman regularly takes the role of a wrestler's floozy. One of his most frequent claims is that he's addicted to drugs, pregnant with some other wrestler's baby, and then that he's had an abortion. Eventually he makes the claim that [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs he's addicted - -- to abortions.]]
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