%% Remember always the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement.
->''"Abortion exists only as a faux option -- something to choose ''against''."''
-->-- ''[[http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/29/abortion1.html Bright Lights Film Journal]]''
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When a female character has an unexpected and/or unwanted pregnancy, someone may allude to the possibility of abortion ([[NeverSayDie usually without saying the 'A' word]]). However, she will most likely ''not'' have an abortion for one of three reasons:
# She dismisses it immediately because of her religious/spiritual/moral beliefs or [[RaisedCatholic upbringing]], or because she distrusts the procedure (especially if it would involve a BackAlleyDoctor).
# She thinks it over for a while, then decides that, no, she's going to keep the baby. This may be followed by a ConvenientMiscarriage. Which, ironically, she will never be relieved by; she'll be sad because now she wanted it.
# She actually decides to have it done, but somehow things don't turn out as she expects, and her attempted abortion is [[{{Pun}} aborted]].

If she actually goes through with the abortion, and doesn't suffer gruesome complications from the procedure or a certain amount of moral guilt and uncertainty afterwards, it's usually to show that she's a deeply damaged, screwed-up individual. If this happens, but it is played for laughs, it's a BlackComedy. If the male character who got her pregnant voices support for the abortion option, it's played as a KickTheDog moment to show what a {{jerkass}} the guy is.

Part of the reason for this is to both avoid the wrath of the MoralGuardians, and as well as avoid 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.

The other 'a' word (adoption) hardly ever enters into consideration even if abortion itself is ruled out. There are several reasons for this. In serial media such as television and comic books, a baby given up for adoption can be seen as a dangling plot thread that the audience will expect to be [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse picked up some day]]. Also, adoption requires carrying the baby to term. If the woman merely needs to figure out what to do with the baby, this is irrelevant, but if she wants to conceal the fact that she was ever pregnant to begin with, it may not suffice. And abortion can be counted on to get a stronger reaction from the audience than adoption. Similar story logic applies to why we rarely see women [[SocialServicesDoesNotExist taking advantage of the]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safe-haven_law safe-haven laws]] that exist in all 50 states and simply allow them to "surrender" a child to the state without even contacting an adoption agency.

This trope's usage can be executed poorly by writers suffering of CriticalResearchFailure, mostly in the field of medicine, where they would show archaic methods used by a BackAlleyDoctor (mostly the use of a hook-like object) as being the norm of respectable clinics, as well as showing a fully formed fetus (8 months old or so) instead of a tiny mostly amorphous embryo when it comes to what resides inside the pregnant woman's womb early-on, when nearly all abortions take place.

The Trope can often contrast with DeliverUsFromEvil, which shows that a ''bad'' girl would likely feel the same way.

Most importantly, however, is that this trope turns upon the false BeggingTheQuestion choice between responsibility and personal freedom. From a narrative standpoint, adoption is a kind of a cheat since it allows the woman to have both, thus allowing the author to resolve the conflict [[DebateAndSwitch without answering the underlying question]]. If adoption ''is'' mentioned, it will usually be ruled out with some justification or other.


'''No real life examples please. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment This is a very sensitive topic]], and the term "good" as applied to a living person is very subjective.'''



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* A ''fourth'' reason was used to justify Hinako giving birth to her second pregnancy in ''Manga/BitterVirgin'' (her first was miscarried before she even realized she was pregnant)- the doctor told her that if Hinako went through with an abortion, her body wouldn't be able to take it and she might never be able to bear children again in the future. As a result she was made to carry the baby to term and gave it up for adoption.
* ''Manga/{{Karin}}'':
** Fumio went with reason 2, and carried the baby (Kenta) to term against her family's wishes.
** Later we see Kenta's father with another woman, who is pregnant and demands him to pay for an abortion. He gets a ''little'' pissed off by that.
* In ''Manga/{{Nana}}'' [[spoiler:Nana K]] becomes pregnant with [[spoiler:Takumi's]] child and thinks about getting an abortion because she and her boyfriend [[spoiler:Nobu]] aren't able to support a child. However she decided against it when [[spoiler:Takumi offers to marry her and help raise the child if she goes through with the pregnancy]]. Though [[spoiler:Nana K admits that if her current boyfriend Nobu]] had asked her to get an abortion she would have gone through with it.
* ''Manga/KodomoNoKodomo''
** Averted by Tomoko. When she realized that she was pregnant, other options are never discussed and abortion is what she plans on doing, and eventually does a few chapters later.
** Abortion is discussed in Haruna's case. When Mika finds out, she researches things and tells Haruna that an abortion can only be done up to the 23rd week and that she should abort. But Haruna eventually realizes that the baby needs her, so she doesn't.
* Played straight in ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere''. [[spoiler:Sara becomes pregnant as a result of a rape and tries to induce an abortion, but Sis convinces her to not take out her hatred of the man who hurt her on the baby.]] This one's a particularly JustForFun/{{egregious}} case of this trope considering that [[spoiler: Sara is a psychologically traumatized young girl living in a war-torn dystopian hellhole who has limited access to health care and has no family or parents to help her raise the child or support her financially. Her only parental figure is Sis, who dies shortly after talking Sara out of the abortion. In addition, the doctor who gave the option of abortion, and the only real doctor we actually see in the series, was shot dead a few episodes ago, so it may actually be a non-option without putting Sara's life at risk as well]].
* Averted in ''Manga/WildAdapter''. Pregnant teenager Saori runs away from home and befriends series leads Kubota and Tokitoh. They're investigating the mysterious drug WA; she's looking for her missing boyfriend. [[spoiler: Turns out WA killed him.]] In love with her boyfriend but ambivalent about her pregnancy, Saori is strongly implied to have had an abortion by the end of the story. Kubota offers sympathetic acknowledgment: "[[PositiveDiscrimination women are strong, aren't they? Look at us men, we're hopeless.]]"
* Late in the ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' anime, Makoto gets Sekai pregnant, and alternates between claiming the baby can't possibly be his and pressuring her to get an abortion. This is used to drive home that Makoto's a {{Jerkass}}, as his main concern is that nobody else is willing to sleep with him after how he publicly rejected Sekai. However, it's also left up in the air whether [[TheBabyTrap Sekai was actually pregnant or not]]. Being ''[[IdiotPlot School Days]]'', it didn't end well.
* 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 out of fear she'll love the new child to the point 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: it's not presented as karma, but as a tragedy, and is the crucial mistake that seals his fate.]]
* This seems to be [[spoiler: Madam Red's]] opinion in ''Manga/BlackButler''. [[spoiler: She]] actually kills and mutilates [[spoiler: prostitutes]] who had an abortion and doesn't feel remotely bad about it. This is explained by the fact [[spoiler: she can no longer have children]].
* In ''Manga/AkkanBaby'', just about everybody suggests that Shigeru and Yuki may want to give up their child (as in, for adoption). "I don't want to kill the baby!" are practically ArcWords.
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', this is used to show the differences in morality between Kyoko and [[spoiler:Ren]], though neither woman gets an abortion and they're portrayed in different lights because of their reasons for considering them. [[spoiler:Ren]] threatens to get one [[spoiler:to emotionally manipulate her husband into raising their future child as a boy, regardless of the baby's actual gender, because she's such a {{Yandere}} that she hates the idea of ''any'' woman, even a daughter, taking Akira's attention away from her]]. Kyoko, meanwhile, considers an abortion because she thinks it's better to not have a baby at all than to have one and possibly condemn it to a childhood as abusive and neglectful as her own was. She decides against it when her husband convinces her that she'll be a much better parent than her own were, and that he'll be there to help her. ([[TearJerker He dies while Tohru's still little]], but Kyoko is a good mother.)
* Double subverted and discussed in ''Manga/TheLegendOfMotherSarah''. The story's setting being a {{dystopia}}n, AfterTheEnd-like future where Earth is nothing a but a barren wasteland of warfare and power struggles, getting pregnant is inherently dangerous for a woman since you must be able to run away from bombings and gunfights anytime as these can happen anywhere, anytime. Double points when being a woman doesn't grant you [[MenAreTheExpendableGender any special immunity]]. The title character evokes the issue with the Mother Superior of the small religious community [[spoiler: her daughter]] chose to join, saying that abortion and even [[spoiler: child-killing]] aren't always avoidable in such a setting. However, it doesn't stop [[spoiler: Satoko]] from carrying her own unplanned pregnancy to completion, as her newborn will also be [[spoiler: [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy a memento from her dead lover]]]].
* ''Manga/TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'' takes hard questions to the next level as usual with the question: do good girls avoid [[spoiler: ''infanticide?'']] A recurring character introduced late in the series faces this dilemma when her grandmother, [[spoiler:a midwife who performed infanticide services for unwilling mothers]], passes away. She is left with the question of whether to take over her grandmother's work in order to help the women who need it, even though she really doesn't want to. A vision from her dead grandmother tells her she should not dedicate her life to a course she doesn't believe in, and she goes on with her career as a nurse at the children's hospital instead.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Snow White in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' dismisses abortion as a response to a magical (possibly dangerous) pregnancy via RapeByProxy without even considering it. She's very old-fashioned, and it's implied that, as a whole, Fables refuse to even countenance abortion. Snow White offendedly asks if Dr. Swineheart is suggesting she's "gone native", adding that "some" (clearly meaning Fables vs humans) are still governed by duty and responsibility over their own happiness. She then threats to expel the doctor from Fabletown if he ever mentions the possibility again.
** In one issue it's implied that Frau Totenkinder ([[MeaningfulName 'Mrs Dead Children']]), who used to get her magical powers from sacrificing a newborn baby annually, instead does some kind of work related to abortion in the Mundy community for the same effect. It's mentioned that the entire Fable community might turn against her if they found out, despite there being several retired mass-murderers among them and many characters who are still perfectly willing to kill in cold blood.
*** When Lauren Beukes wrote a Rapunzel-centric arc in the "side stories about female characters" SpinOff ''Fairest'', it was revealed that Rapunzel helped Frau T make abortifacient herbal potions for village girls "in trouble", and had no problem with it. The bit in question was so irrelevant to what was going on in the story at that point that it came across as an ArmedWithCanon attack on the opinions expressed in the main series.
** It later gets revealed that a particularly vicious move by [[Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin Max Piper]] rendered Fables virtually sterile, meaning that pregnancies are extremely rare. Some fans consider this a RetCon possibly done to soften the UnfortunateImplications of such a harshly condemnatory attitude.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' averts the trope in one conversation, where a woman mentions having had an abortion in a way that makes it clear it didn't mess her up (though it's not a casual reference either). The pregnant woman she's speaking to eventually decides to have the baby, and is later seen wearing a button proclaiming "I chose to have a baby but I'm glad I had a choice."
** In "The Wake" Lyta Hall advises Rose Walker to abort her baby before it can break her heart. Rose is rather understandably disturbed.
* One of the first storylines in Milestone Comics' ''ComicBook/{{Icon}}'' had the teenage sidekick, Rocket, discovering that she was pregnant. Everyone she asks for advice -- including the socially conservative Icon himself -- is sympathetic to her situation, and offer no objection to the possibility of her aborting. Rocket eventually decides that she was ''really'' fishing for a trusted authority figure to tell her to do what she wanted to do anyway -- carry the baby to term.
* Averted in ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}'': Nocturne and Thunderbird begin a relationship while dimension-hopping and Nocturne gets pregnant, but Thunderbird is effectively rendered brain dead by a HeroicSacrifice and is unable to jump with the rest of the team. Nocturne tells the team that [[ConvenientMiscarriage she had a miscarriage]] at some point in their travails, but a later issue showing her reflecting on her relationship with Thunderbird implies she had an abortion (or used her powers to induce it herself) because she couldn't handle raising the baby alone.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' takes this one step further by implying that [[EvenEvilHasStandards even evil girls avoid abortion]], as well as HypocriticalHumor since both are about to take part in a ritual that involves killing an innocent youth. It is part of a super villain plot to ''wipe out all of humanity'' in exchange for twenty years of unlimited wealth and power and a fifty-fifty shot at immortality.
-->'''Leslie Dean:''' You're not going to ''keep'' it, are you?
-->'''Janet Stein:''' Of course I am. What do you take me for, some kind of ''monster?''
* ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'':
** In "Baby Talk", a man who dumped his girlfriend after he got her pregnant is convinced by his uncle and a doctor that abortion is murder. The guy finally repents to God and reunites with his ex just before she goes to the clinic.
** In "Who Murdered Clarice?", God sentences a doctor who performed an abortion to hell along with his "accomplices".
* Stephanie Brown ([[Characters/{{Batgirl}} The Spoiler]]) is against abortion from the very beginning (the arc was written by conservative Chuck Dixon). At first it looks like it's also going to be Good Girls Avoid Adoption, but she changes her mind after realizing her life is not a suitable place for a child.
* Cindy of Barbara Slate's ''ComicBook/AngelLove'' comic book series decides to get an abortion when she gets pregnant from a night with her boyfriend, and although her friend Angel is opposed to the idea, she nonetheless accompanies Cindy to the abortion clinic where she ends up having a change of heart and mind and decides not to go through with it, but instead will marry her boyfriend so that her child will not be without a father.
* The graphic novel ''Aya'' by Margeurite Abouet is a subversion. One of Aya's best friends, Adjoua, contemplates getting an abortion after she becomes pregnant. Aya manages to talk her out of it solely because the woman who would be performing the abortion, one of the local medicine women in Yopougon, is said to do so ''with a knitting needle''. Aya's sole concern was for Adjoua's welfare and not the baby's. As a further subversion, Adjoua's not much of a good girl [[spoiler: since she tells the local rich kid that he's the father of her baby in order to marry him. When the baby is born, the guy's parents are immediately convinced their son's not the father because he looks absolutely nothing like him. And his mother actually met the guy who ''is'' the father. He looks just like his son]].
* Initially and pointedly averted, in the ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Season 9 comics. Buffy gets pregnant, and, knowing that the child would be a target for all of her enemies, would never have a chance to have a normal childhood, might prove a severe distraction to her ongoing world-saving efforts, and, in any case, is seriously not ready to have a kid, apparently decides that terminating the pregnancy is the best option. [[spoiler: The revelation in later issues that Buffy had had her mind implanted in a robot body and, in fact, was not pregnant at all, struck many as a WriterCopOut.]]
* After Kathy in ''ComicBook/ShadeTheChangingMan'' reveals her pregnancy with Shade's child, she and Lenny immediately begin discussing abortion, and Shade surprises them by turning out to be pro-life:
--> '''Shade''': ''But Kathy...you're a'' good ''person!''
** Shade suggests many AppliedPhlebotinum alternatives that would've turned this into a SpaceWhaleAesop had they been accepted. After several issues of Kathy and Lenny arguing on the principle of their right to choose (with Shade outnumbered and sulking,) Kathy ultimately chooses to keep the child.
* ''ComicBook/TheGoon'' shows Goon's Aunt Kizzie being pressured into getting an abortion by her lover after she became pregnant. Here it's not the abortion that's the problem but the fact that she clearly wanted the child but he didn't, so she did it to hold on to him and it becomes a moot point when he's killed shortly thereafter in an accident while performing. As a result of this when baby Goon is dumped on her by her brother she decides to raise him in the place of the child she wanted to keep.
* Averted in ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}''. During the course of their relationship, Atom Eve becomes pregnant with Invincible's child. Shortly thereafter, Invincible leaves Earth to take part in a cosmic war and is gone for months, with Eve never telling him she's with child. When he returns, Eve tearfully tells him that she had an abortion, feeling that she wasn't ready to have a child by herself since there was a very real possibility that Invincible wouldn't come back. Invincible doesn't criticize her for having the abortion, instead lamenting that he wasn't there for her during her time of need.

[[folder: Fanfiction]]
* 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 not fully explained.
* There are hundreds of fics written in the ''Series/ICarly'' community, with a FandomSpecificPlot being Sam(antha) becoming pregnant from Freddie unplanned, and usually as a result of a drunken one-night stand that isn't part of an ongoing relationship. There's probably a bare handful that even discuss abortion, let alone actually have Sam do it.
* Abortion is referenced vaguely in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7142570/1/ this]] ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fic, in which Mai becomes unexpectedly pregnant. Mai's mother suggests that she get an abortion since at this point she and Zuko aren't married yet, making Mai's position in the royal court somewhat uncertain. Mai firmly asserts that she considered the option, but is going to keep the baby. A JustifiedTrope in this case, as the main plot--a conspiracy to usurp the throne--revolves around the baby's (eventually legitimate) birth.
* Averted in [[http://www.toplessrobot.com/2010/03/fan_fiction_friday_the_other_story.php this]] ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' fanfic, which Topless Robot found so disturbing that they refused to provide running commentary on it. [[spoiler:Videl gets an abortion because she heard it would sexually arouse her, and it's possible that she had sex to get pregnant ''for this reason'']].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic "A Different Dursley Family" briefly mentioned abortion. In that fic, Vernon Dursley was expelled from Smeltings and cut from his father's will, which resulted in Vernon getting a job as a mechanic for a living. [[InSpiteOfANail Despite this]], he and Petunia still fell in love and had a son (who was named Ryan because this Vernon feared the child would be mocked if named Dudley). Because Vernon and Petunia still weren't married by the time she became pregnant, abortion was briefly mentioned but they decided to keep their son.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/220198/1/Lost_Innocence Lost Innocence]] plays with this somewhat, as [[spoiler:Ranma, having been drugged by Shampoo and shortly after, raped by Kunou]] falls into category 2, including the ConvenientMiscarriage triggered by the mother showing off a special attack to [[ModeLock confirm her story]]. The playing comes in, not because of the goodness of the mother, but rather that she did not want to bear the child of her assailant, but had to give birth to stop the ModeLock.
* ''Very'' much subverted in the ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' fic, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5961286/1/ Pickles and Peanut Butter]]''. Through some unexplained phenomenon, the nations randomly become pregnant (sex not required) with the nation dying and the baby replacing them. Because it's considered to be too risky to leave any country under the protection of a child for any length of time, the nations all abort with some more affected than others. [[spoiler:America, taken by surprise when it happens to him, as no one explained it, tries to keep his. The other nations first try to hold an "intervention", then resort to ordering an abortion when he passes out.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/AnUnexpectedChild'' deals with the Mistress of Ultraprison becoming pregnant with the Warden's child after her debut episode "Ladies' Night" where [[spoiler:she and her male counterpart did the nasty]]. She does consider abortion at first, but eventually decides to keep it.
* In ''Fanfic/ChristianGreyVsPepperPotts'', while an actual abortion isn't discussed, [[spoiler:when Black Widow ends up unexpectedly pregnant via birth control failure, she has to decide whether to have Bruce Banner halt her Widow enhancements or not (not doing so would have her body automatically have her miscarry early in the pregnancy). She's initially uncertain as she's haunted by memories of the first baby she had (stillborn), but decides to go through with it after coming to terms with it and realizing how much of a medical miracle it was that she and Hawkeye (who had a very low sperm count) could conceive any child at all]].
* A ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' fanfic titled "Choices" features Alesha realizing that she's pregnant as the result of her rape. Despite not wanting to have 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 ''Fanfic/KiryuuinChronicles'', the issue isn't brought up but it does seem to be implied, considering Ragyou didn't see any other way out of marrying her abusive husband while pregnant with [[spoiler: Satsuki]] besides being disowned, then again, the possibility that, if she didn't marry her abusive husband, her family might have disowned her anyway (whether she terminated the pregnancy or not) cannot be ruled out either. Either way, she elects to keep her pregnancy.
* In the fourth of the ''Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX'' series, this is played with and implied with subtly, as Yuuka notes that she is glad that society has collapsed because to think of what sort of advice a person could give to an emotionally fragile Ran would be horrid. Made a tad more explicit, all the while still being implied, later on, when Sakuya suggests she drink some herbal tea, to which she responds rather horrified, implying she knew [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortifacient what Sakuya could be talking about]] (we don't know if that was what a kid Sakuya ''really'' meant).
* ''Concerning a Drifter'' subtly but neutrally brings up the issue, however, there for a rather honest reason, as a very traumatized and mentally ill Ryuuko was found to have become pregnant (four times) [[spoiler: by rape]] and, thus, isn't fit to care for a child, as she cannot take care of herself, however, its also mentioned that, while she isn't mentally well enough to care for a child, neither is she mentally sound enough to make the choice of terminating, along with dealing with the outcomes of either option if she actually is pregnant. Naturally, her guardian and sister, Satsuki isn't sure of how to bring up the issue of pregnancy and the options to her.
* ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' averts this in the Wicke & Nephew oneshot. Wicke is specifically noted to be a carrier of a Genetic Disorder, and due to the politics of her nation screening for a male embryo possibly affected is illegal. Because she doesn't want to gamble with a potential child's life, she sees the trope more as 'Good Girls Have Abortion' in her case, accepting that she'd only have kids by adoption or stepchildren.
** Played with in the Misty Gaiden. The only reason Misty's parents didn't abort her was because of the bad press it would bring them.
* In [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/3906166/chapters/8741683 this]]''Literature/TheHobbit'' fanfic, a woman decides to have an abortion because her lover implied that he won't marry her and she knows she couldn't provide for a child on her own. Just before she takes the herbs, her lover turns up and reveals that it was a misunderstanding - in his culture, women propose, and it is considered ''rude'' for men to do so. ''Then'' her mother enters the room, sees the (poisonous) herbs, scolds her for doing something so dangerous and states that she is fully willing to invoke a ShotgunWedding as alternative.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' fanfic ''Fanfic/ASmallPossibility'', Drakken devises a way to get Kim pregnant with [[HasTwoMommies Shego's child]]. ''Neither'' Shego nor Kim want an abortion despite hating each other and [[TeenPregnancy Kim being 17]]. Shego cites growing up a latchkey child whose parents were distant made her want to be there for her future children matter what. Kim doesn't want an abortion because she refuses to kill a baby. The two go through with the pregnancy, end up falling in love, and [[spoiler:end up wih twins]].

* In ''Film/DirtyDancing'', the dancing instructor tries to have an abortion, but because it's TheSixties and they're illegal, it goes horribly wrong. Fortunately the heroine's father is a doctor, so he manages to save her, although it does make for a major misunderstanding. In this case the girl is still considered "good" both by the audience and the characters, and the blame is rightly placed on the rich snob who knocked her up and dumped her. Even the heroine's father blames him when he learns the truth.
* ''The Life Before Her Eyes'': She gets the abortion, but the film treats it as a very bad decision with lasting consequences.
* In ''Film/FoolsRushIn'', the father actually implies he would prefer an abortion (that is as long as the mother is choosing it, so he doesn't have to take any moral responsibility for the decision). The mother responds that she is going to keep the baby. While not explicitly justified, the fact that the mother is a devout Catholic probably justifies the "no abortion" aspect of the movie.
* In ''Film/{{The Fly|1986}}'', abortion is still depicted with a negative aspect, but the heroine's decision to get an abortion is given the defense that her baby might not be human. In the sequel ''Film/TheFlyII'', she didn't, and it wasn't, but he got better.
* ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' has the protagonist working at an abortion clinic, but that doesn't stop her from getting "tapped" to do God's work. It's revealed in the deleted scenes that she chose that career because a botched abortion in her youth caused an infection, left her infertile, and led to her husband leaving her.
--> '''The Metatron''': I'm to charge you with a holy crusade.
--> '''Bethany Sloane''': For the record, I work in an abortion clinic.
--> '''The Metatron''': Noah was a drunk, look what he accomplished.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Film/TheDoors'': During Jim's breakdown toward the end, at least two women claim to be pregnant. In one scene, he talks over the matter with Patricia. She wants to keep the baby and raise it ("It would be a genius."), Jim is against raising it ("It would be a monster."). She says she doesn't like "the other fucking thing, either." Although Jim offers to pay for the abortion and support her through it the idea upsets Patricia, although she's so far been shown as a feminist and a practicing white witch (the very women who might have been persecuted for providing abortifacients in the past). The outcome isn't shown, and Jim flies to Paris shortly after.
* In ''Film/{{Juno}}'', the main character goes to an abortion clinic but doesn't like the place when she gets there. After a protester tells her that fetuses have fingernails (which isn't actually true at that stage in the pregnancy, in case you were wondering), she decides she'll be putting her baby up for adoption. Her exact reason for deciding against abortion isn't specified, and is pretty much left up to the imagination of the viewer. The slightly more obvious meta-reason she didn't get one is that [[NecessaryWeasel if she got the abortion, there'd be no plot]], and much of the movie can be considered a love-song to adoption and non-biological parents (particularly adoptive- and step-mothers).
* 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.]]
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': [[spoiler:Dr. Julia Ogden]] reveals that she had an abortion and suffered severe complications, which inspired her friend to become an illegal abortionist-in TheGayNineties in Canada where even contraceptive methods are against the law. She has no regrets, because there was no way she would want to marry her lover, and she wanted to pursue her studies and career. However, it's later revealed that the abortion has left her barren. It's not clear how much she wants kids herself, but she knows the man she loves longs for a family.
* In ''Film/KnockedUp'', the female lead's sister mentions the possibility of abortion, but she decides to bring the baby to term. This was a bone of contention for many critics of the film, who pointed out that a) the father was a schlub she had no previous history with and appeared to be a less-than-suitable father figure b) she had no apparent religious convictions or prestated beliefs as to why she might keep the baby, c) she was an anchor at E! who was rather devoted to climbing the corporate ladder and d) the sister who suggested it and Creator/JonahHill were portrayed very unsympathetically, and the avoidance of the actual word "abortion"-Hill's character refers to it as a "shmushmortion." One unstated but possible reason she decided not to get one is because of the potential fallout of the public finding out she had an abortion, though the film never goes into this.
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Film/TheGodfatherPartII''. Kay supposedly aborts her second son because she knows the kid is just gonna grow up to be a mafioso like all the other men in the family. This is what leads to her and Michael's final split when he finds out that she had the abortion. It's never really made clear whether we're supposed to root for her or not, [[BlackAndGrayMorality which is just as it should be]]. [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation There is also a possibility Kay was lying to Michael about the abortion and really did just have a]] [[ConvenientMiscarriage miscarriage]].
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Film/BabyBoy'', when Yvette aborts what would have been her second child with Jody. She has sympathy on her side, however, since she's heartbroken over the procedure and her boyfriend Jody is an irresponsible {{jerkass}} who has a child with another woman.
* The Romanian film ''4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days'' averts this trope, as the main focus is on a woman trying to get an abortion. And, since it's set in Ceausescu's Romania, it avoids the whole "neat abortion = no drama" bit, seeing as abortion is illegal and carries a hefty penalty.
* {{Averted|Trope}} in the horror film ''Pin''. Leon's sister, Ursula, discovers that she's pregnant as a result of constantly having unprotected sex. She immediately chooses to have an abortion, which is successful. Afterward, she cleans up her life and the incident is never mentioned again.
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh''. Stacy Hamilton is a flawed but fundamentally good person. However, when she gets pregnant by Mike Damone[[note]]who she has sex with out of desperation after mistakenly believing Rat has no interest in her[[/note]], an abortion is quickly decided. The drama revolves not on the controversy or ill effects of the abortion, but on Damone flaking on paying his half, and failing to provide a promised ride. It's then exacerbated by Stacy witnessing a demonstration of babies being born at a nearby hospital, which makes her feel very guilty about what she did.
* The movie ''Bella'' is all about a (recently unemployed) single woman dealing with the knowledge that she is pregnant and making a decision of what to do about it. Abortion is certainly considered, with her saying things like 'I said I was pregnant; I didn't say I was having a baby.' In the end, [[spoiler:she allows a friend to adopt her child, after seeing what a great family he has.]] Whether or not she is a 'good girl' depends on definitions, but she is certainly portrayed as a sympathetic character with good intentions.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played straight]] in ''Film/{{Saved}}''. It doesn't even occur to the main character to have an abortion when she falls pregnant, though this is in-character as a born-again Christian who lives in a very conservative neighborhood, attends a private religious school and was previously shown at pro-life protests. The subject of abortion is only brought up twice, and never actually named, both times by the rebellious Cassandra; only once to Mary's face, and by then, it's "too late."
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Film/{{Fame}}'', at least in the 1980 version. The ballet dancer has to have an abortion in order to pursue her career. She's somewhat awkward about it, but realistically not devastated.
* In ''Film/HighFidelity'', before the story takes place, Laura gets an abortion when Rob gets her pregnant, keeping it a secret from him until a long time later. On one hand, he finds out when he mentions having kids and she starts crying, indicating that she's not happy about it; on the other hand, Rob admits that it was probably the right decision.
* In the movie ''Detective Story'', Kirk Douglas plays Jim [=McLeod=], a police officer with a jones to bust an abortionist (when, being in the '50s, abortion is a criminal offense). The doctor assumes [=McLeod=] is out to get him because the doc once performed an abortion of Mrs. [=McLeod=]. Not so! [=McLeod=] didn't know about that at all. When [=McLeod=] finds out, he's more upset because his wife had the abortion before they met. In an example of extreme ValuesDissonance, the head of the Hays Commission tried to rain down hellfire on the film, saying that abortion was such an evil that you couldn't even discuss it in a film, even if you were portraying it in a fairly negative fashion.
* The 1943 French film ''Le corbeau'', made in occupied France and often celebrated for its TakeThat against the Vichy collaborators, features a hero who is an atheist and abortion doctor who is sick and tired of poor women dying in back-alley abortions and so provides quality methods with a higher life retention rate.
* In ''Film/MannyAndLo'', the delinquent teen figures she's just getting fat from her diet of convenience store junk food. When she finally goes into the clinic to "get it done," the doctor informs her she's too far along to get an abortion. Solution? [[ValuesDissonance Kidnap]] [[BrokenAesop a baby store clerk]].
* An example of only thoroughly messed-up girls getting abortions: in the Dutch movie ''Godforsaken'', the psychotic gangster's [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys girlfriend]] finds out that she's pregnant and then does her own dirty work with a clothes hanger.
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Film/AprilFoolsDay'' when it turns out that the supposed ShrinkingViolet Nan was pregnant and had an abortion. This comes after someone left a tape of a baby crying in her room.
* Averted with ''Film/VeraDrake'', which is about a kind, loving 1950 London housewife who secretly performs illegal abortions. The film is entirely sympathetic toward Vera and presents multiple perspectives on the issue, both with realistic patients (including a careless floozy, an exhausted housewife who couldn't afford to raise another child, and a [[RapeAsDrama victim of date rape]]) and with her family when they find out the truth-her husband vows to stay by her side for better or worse, her son believes it's "killing innocent babies," and her daughter's fiancé thinks it's an [[MercyKill act of mercy]] [[ShootTheDog compared to bringing a child who can't be properly cared for into the world.]]
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Film/TheLastAmericanVirgin''. [[TheCasanova Smooth Operator]] Rick gets titular good-girl Karen pregnant then dumps her. [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Protagonist]] Gary sells his stereo and takes heat from [[BattleaxeNurse Nurse Rached]] to get Karen an abortion, and that's all that's heard regarding pregnancy and procedure. This film is based on the Israeli film [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eskimo_Limon Eskimo Limon]] which features the same pregnancy-abortion plot point. Although [[MoodWhiplash the ending]] shows that the 'good' part is rather [[BitchInSheepsClothing debatable]].
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet5TheDreamChild''. Protagonist Alice knows she's pregnant. Alice has magic dream powers that let her dream while awake and affect reality through dreams, but she too can be affected. Alice soon realizes that her unborn son Jacob is exercising the same powers. Freddy Krueger can ordinarily only kill people in dreams, but he can use Jacob's dreams to start murdering Alice's friends pretty much whenever he pleases. One of Alice's friends suggests that she stop Freddy by having an abortion, which would end Jacob's dreams. Alice refuses to do so because she wants to keep the baby and thinks she can destroy Freddy through other means. Alice's other means aren't entirely successful and ultimately her unborn son Jacob has to destroy Freddy in the dream world by copying Freddy's powers. The film's final scene shows Alice and her father cooing over the baby. As the camera pans back, we see girls in old-fashioned white dresses playing jump-rope and singing a song that always heralds Freddy's reappearance in a Nightmare on Elm Street film.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Blue Denim'': After a teenage couple, Janet and Arthur, find themselves expecting a baby, they seek help to pay for an abortion, and find a doctor willing to perform the procedure; however, because it takes place in the 1950's, there is some worry over the safety of the procedure itself and in the end [[spoiler: Arthur, worried that Janet will die, breaks down confessing to his parents, and they go to rescue her ''just'' in the nick of time. They go home, and the parents of both teenagers have a discussion before agreeing, with Janet's consent, to send her to [[StigmaticPregnancyEuphemism live with her aunt]]]]. The characters constantly skate around the word "abortion", but the euphemisms, and the characters' worry about the procedure, makes it pretty clear to the audience as to what it is they're planning to do. In the play [[spoiler: Janet has the abortion after all, and lives through the procedure]].
* In the LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek ''The Devil's Child,'' a woman pregnant with TheAntichrist tries to get an abortion, but a mysterious explosion kills everyone in the hospital.
* In ''Film/GarageDays'', Kate gets pregnant by Joe, decides to have an abortion, and then changes her mind. However, it's not clear how set she was on the abortion to begin with (the characters were in a bad patch.)
* The film version of ''I Don't Know How She Does It'' has an assistant-who's single, working all hours at her job, and has sworn not to have kids-considering an abortion when she gets pregnant from a one-night stand. Kate simply plants her hands on her shoulders and tells her, "You are going to have this baby." She agrees.
* In ''Film/ElCrimenDelPadreAmaro'' (English title- ''The Crime of Father Amaro''), the titular priest has an affair with good girl Amelia and gets her pregnant. Him being a Catholic priest in very Catholic Mexico, he of course wants her to leave town to protect his reputation. Instead she tries to reunite with her ex-boyfriend Ruben so she can pass the baby off as his. When Ruben rejects her advances, Father Amaro arranges for Amelia to have a back-alley abortion. [[spoiler:The abortion, of course, goes wrong and Amelia dies. Ruben coincidentally leaves town at the same time and so is subsequently blamed for what happened to Amelia while Amaro gets to keep his good reputation.]] Amelia is portrayed as an innocent victim of Amaro's selfishness rather than a hussy who got what she deserved.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played straight]] in ''Film/BlueValentine''; Cindy goes to a clinic to get an abortion but backs out at the last possible second.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Film/{{Se7en}}''. Tracy, the wife of one of the main characters, contacts her husband's partner to discuss her pregnancy. She isn't sure she wants to have a child given the environment of the city where they live. Somerset tell her about a previous relationship in which he pressured his partner into having an abortion and later regretted it. He does not actively try to dissuade her, though. [[spoiler: Becomes a moot point when she is killed before deciding what to do about the pregnancy.]]
* ''Film/EnterTheVoid'': Linda receives an abortion after getting pregnant from her boss, a seedy strip club owner. Linda is emotionally damaged and living a dangerous lifestyle, and her abortion plays into that.
* ''Film/ObviousChild'' is a very deliberate aversion. The filmmakers were annoyed with this trope, and intentionally made a film about a sympathetic protagonist who wants an abortion.
* ''Film/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf'': {{Subverted|Trope}}. It is implied that sweet, fragile Honey secretly aborts all her pregnancies because she doesn't want to have children.
* Averted in ''Film/TheBigChill'': Meg is telling her old friend Sarah that she's fine giving up on the search for Mr. Right, but frustrated because she's always wanted a child. When Sarah gives her a meaningful look, she quickly adds "But it was the right thing to do at the time." The audience later learns that she's referring to an abortion she had after she and Michael conceived back in their college days. In the end, [[spoiler: Sarah asks her husband to sleep with Meg and father her child]]. Since this was before IVF became widely available, this [[ItMakesSenseInContext makes sense in context.]]
* ''{{Film/ZPG}}'': {{Inverted|Trope}} according to the law of the society in the film, which ''mandates'' abortion since [[PopulationControl reproduction is banned]]. The central plot comes up when the female protagonist Carole fails to have one and secretly gives birth to a child, making her go on the run with her husband Russ.
* ''Film/RobRoy'': Mary apologizes to Rob after telling him she may be pregnant by her rapist, not him, saying she couldn't bring herself to kill it. He tells her it's the rapist who needs killing.
* Averted by ''If These Walls Could Talk'' in two of its three stories, all surrounding abortion. In the first, the woman gets one in the 1950s from a back-alley doctor and it goes badly wrong, with her fate left uncertain. The second, set shortly after ''Roe vs. Wade'' in the 1970s, ends with a house wife in her forties who already has children unexpectedly getting pregnant, considering abortion but ultimately not having one. The third, set in the then-current era of the 1990s, has a college student get to an abortion in spite of her friend counseling against it, running a gauntlet of pro-life activists at the clinic and having the doctor shot during the middle of the operation when a man sneaks in. Despite the case where abortion was chosen against, neither of the women that had abortions is portrayed as bad-the film is quite clearly on the pro-choice side of the issue.
* The killer in the film ''Criminal Law'' believes this to an extreme degree, murdering women who had abortions and eventually his own mother, who performs them (he discovered the rest looking in her records).
* ''Film/AdamsApples'': Sarah, who contemplates having an abortion due to being both a single mother and over the possibility that the baby would have Down Syndrome (given that she's forty). Ivan persuades her to keep it, (falsely) citing his own son who he says was supposed to be born disabled but isn't (he actually is). She goes on to have a son with Down Syndrome, but by then she doesn't seem to care.
* ''Film/MrBrooks'': Strangely enough considering that he's a serial killer, Mr. Brooks objects when his pregnant daughter says she may have an abortion, although he backs down she fires back that it's her decision, softening it to how a grandchild would be a great gift to her mother and him. We don't learn what she decided before the film ends.
* In ''Film/JohnnyBelinda'', Belinda is a deaf-mute and somewhat slow. After she is raped, she becomes pregnant and is pretty happy about having her the baby, although it's not entirely clear if she makes the connection between the incident and her pregnancy.
* In ''Film/LookWhosTalking'', Molly gets pregnant as a result of her relationship with a married man. When she tells him about the baby, she makes it abundantly clear that despite the unfavorable circumstances, "This baby is you and me and I'm ''not'' having an abortion." He quickly assures her that he doesn't want her to.
* Justified in ''Film/APlaceInTheSun'' (1951). UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode prevented the mention of it and it wasn't even legal then, there is also the fact that the vulnerable and very human Alice is apprehensive about obtaining an abortion and if she did, the film would end or spin into another plot.
* ''Film/ForKeeps'' has Darcy and Stan, high school seniors, facing a Teen Pregnancy. Their parents suggest abortion and adoption respectively, and Darcy even plans for an abortion, but she ultimately decides against it.
* ''Film/{{Parenthood}}'': When Karen tells husband Gil that she's pregnant with the couple's fourth child, she asks him point blank if he wants her to do this, given his less-than-thrilled reaction and the chaos their life is currently in--oldest son in therapy, Gil just quit his job, Karen wants to start working again, etc. They argue about it and Gil storms out without them having come to a decision, but several days later, he has accepted the pregnancy and they've decided to make it work.
* This is the message of ''Film/WhereAreMyChildren'', likely the first film which ever involved abortion, released 1916. It revolves around a prosecutor who, after securing a conviction against a doctor for performing a botched abortion, discovers his wife was one of the man's clients, along with several of her friends. All of them got abortions because having children interferes with their social life. When he confronts his wife, she is remorseful, and they are then shown as a sad, lonely childless couple. On the other hand, it favors contraception, then also illegal and very controversial. abortions at the time were very dangerous given the illegal conditions which existed, although the film portrays them as inherently psychologically damaging too (which is not the case, however [[ScienceMarchesOn no one likely knew this at the time]]). The danger is shown with another woman that Another character who gets an abortion dies from going to a BackAlleyDoctor. It was [[BannedInChina banned in Pennsylvania]] for being "indecent".
* A pretty disturbing example comes from the Christian pro-life movie ''Loving The Bad Man'' when our protagonist is impregnated from a brutal rape. Because of religious beliefs, she rejects the idea of terminating the pregnancy despite her family's insistence, but in fact meets up with her rapist who's in prison, makes friends with him and wants him to be involved in their child's life.
* ''Film/Code46'': {{Inverted|Trope}}. The authorities give Maria an abortion without her consent because William had got her pregnant, and wipe her memory afterward. [[spoiler: It's because she's a clone of his mother, which violates the "Code 46" of the title.]]
* ''Film/FatalAttraction'': Alex decides not to abort ex-lover Dan's baby, though not on any particular moral grounds, just that pregnancy was highly unlikely for her in the first place (she wasn't even using birth control, having assumed she was infertile), and that [[MyBiologicalClockIsTicking time is running out]] for her to have children.
* In ''Film/LoveWithTheProperStranger'', Rocky helps Angie by scheduling and paying for an appointment with a BackAlleyDoctor, but when they both see the conditions of the "office", they flee in horror.
* 1979 Russian film ''Film/SchoolWaltz'': Abortions weren't as stigmatized in the [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] as they are in some quarters of the United States, and Zolya's mother urges her to get one so as not to be burdened by single motherhood. But after making the appointment and going to the hospital and even laying down on a bed to await her turn, Zolya changes her mind and hurriedly leaves.
* In ''Love, Rosie'', the titular character gets accidentally pregnant, but doesn't have an abortion, explained as a vestige of her Catholic upbringing, even though she's not a believer herself.
* ''Film/SoundOfTheMountain'':
** Played straight in the case of Kinuko, Shuichi's mistress, a war widow who insists on keeping Shuichi's baby because otherwise she might never have one.
** But averted in the case of Shuichi's wife Kikuko, who sees what an ass her husband is and how unhappy Fumiko is, and aborts her pregnancy.
* ''Film/TheSurvivalist'': Averted. When Milja becomes pregnant, she attempts to induce abortion [[{{Squick}} with a copper rod]], but it fails. She isn't portrayed as bad for this (and did it at her mother's advice), especially given the {{crapsack world}} they find themselves in. However, later she's accepted her situation. [[spoiler: The movie ends with her discussing what to name the baby.]]

* 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.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', due to male GenderRarityValue and an inversion of STDImmunity, unwanted pregnancy is rare. Still, after the death of some family members, grieving Kij Porter went to a brothel and "didn't catch anything other than a baby". She keeps the baby. [[spoiler: Subverted in that Kij Porter is not really a ''good'' girl, and the child's father is not who she claims; the truth is much grimmer.]]
* Theodore Dreiser's ''Literature/AnAmericanTragedy'' explores the hypocrisy of this concept. Clyde Griffiths and Roberta Alden initially decide to abort her child but find it difficult to seek a sympathetic doctor, mostly because of religious notions. Roberta, already wracked with guilt, decides to keep her baby, an action which drives Clyde to plot her murder. After her death, she's portrayed in the media as an angel and a good woman, whereas if she had gone through with the abortion she would be judged more harshly.
* ''The Phantom's Phantom'', a modern novel retroactively set in TheFifties, has a BackAlleyDoctor referring his poor patients to a prostitution ring in lieu of cash payment. And between the illegal abortion and the prostitution, blackmail opportunities abounded.
* Katie Nolan gets pregnant three months after the birth of her first child in ''Literature/ATreeGrowsInBrooklyn'' but declines the abortifacient the midwife offers her.
* Bizarrely {{averted|Trope}} in one of Creator/KarenTraviss' ''Wess'har'' books, where the protagonist's GodMode is so strong that she can't have a normal abortion, so she has to cut the fetus out and ''blow it up with a grenade''.
* Completely {{averted|Trope}} in Lynn Margulis's ''Luminous Fish'', where René, one of the main characters, [[spoiler:has a back alley abortion in her college years because her boyfriend could not stand to see her future ruined. She ends up as a perfectly fine atmospheric chemist later, even if she can't have children (and is happier for it)]]. Note that Margulis is the biologist who made symbiogenesis a mainstream evolutionary theory, and therefore doesn't [[ArtisticLicenseBiology fail biology forever]].
* In the final book of the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series, Bella refuses to end her vampire/human hybrid pregnancy even though it seems very likely to kill her. Even when she's ''vomiting blood and the baby breaks her spine''. Of course, every. single. female in the book is baby-obsessed; and [[MandatoryMotherhood no one is child-free in Forks]], apparently. Also keep in mind that [[Creator/StephenieMeyer Meyer]] [[AuthorAppeal is Mormon]]. What's somewhat ironic is that a pregnancy that threatens the life of the mother is one of the few situations where UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} condones abortion (the other two being incest and rape, though the latter can be fuzzy depending on where you are and who you ask). The logic is usually that a.) if the mother dies, the baby dies anyway, and b.) odds are good the woman already has other kids, who would be left without a mother.
* Similarly, in ''The Whitby Child'', Nelda, one of a race of magical Fisher Folk, refuses a magical herb that will end her pregnancy, and the character who offers it to her is presented as evil for even suggesting it. This is even though 1) Nelda's people are under a curse that causes all laboring women ''and'' almost all their babies to die slow and agonizing deaths and 2) we're told that at in human terms Nelda's ''approximately eight years old''. Got that? Good girls are willing to ''die'' to avoid abortion even if they're minors and there's no realistic prospect the baby will even survive.
* {{Averted|Trope}} by [[spoiler:Lyra Volfrieds, the protagonist]] in Ursula Vernon's ''Literature/BlackDogs''. She is impregnated by TheDragon in an attempt to create a powerful and long-lived bloodline, and in a HeroicSacrifice she uses a brand of magic to both abort the pregnancy and sterilize herself to prevent this plan from ever being carried through.
* Two examples in ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'':
** When Du Chaillu says she's going to abort her pregnancy (which was [[ChildByRape due to rape]]) Richard asks her not to, saying a child is not to blame for what it's father did (he was conceived this way himself). Du Chaillu concedes, and because they're married according to her people's custom, later considers the child to be also "his."
** Later Kahlan, having gotten pregnant by Richard, considers having an abortion due to having been told by a semi-reliable source that the child would be male, and the last time male Confessors were allowed to live past infancy they turned out to be AlwaysChaoticEvil; since then male Confessor children have always been killed at birth. She eventually decides against it...two minutes before she's beaten very nearly to death, [[ConvenientMiscarriage which causes one from trauma anyway]].
* {{Averted|Trope}} in Stephen Chbosky's ''Literature/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower'', when main character Charlie escorts his sister to the abortion clinic after discovering she is knocked up by her abusive {{jerkass}} boyfriend.
* While never stated directly, Creator/ErnestHemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants" is about a couple discussing whether or not the woman should have an abortion: he wants her to, she doesn't but eventually agrees, saying she's willing to always do anything he wants. Nearly the entire story is dialogue without mentions of tone, gestures or thoughts, leaving the possibility for a lot of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation (whether or not she's being angry or sarcastic at the end, for example).
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''[[Literature/AdrianMole Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years]]'' with Rosie, Adrian's teenage sister. While she's not exactly a "good girl", she's portrayed as being rather naive in some ways and thinks she wants to keep the baby. Adrian, in a rare moment of maturity, persuades her to spend a week taking care of a baby doll of the sort used to demonstrate the realities of baby-care to teenagers in school. After caring (after a fashion; at one point she chucks it out the window) for the doll for a week, Rosie opts to have an abortion. It's portrayed as being a good choice for her.
** It's also {{averted|Trope}} by Pandora (although she's about as much of a "good girl" as Rosie is), whose dad points out that she "had a termination in her lunch break once".
* In ''Literature/ThePaleKing'', a teenaged Lane Dean secretly hopes that his Christian girlfriend will break up with him, but still keep their unborn child. [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed that they're still together and raising the child.]]
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/{{Barrayar}}'', when an assassination attempt nearly kills Cordelia Vorkosigan, and does severe, permanent damage to her unborn child. Pretty much everybody thinks she should abort and start over. She doesn't.
* Cannie Shapiro, of ''Literature/GoodInBed'', is faced with this option, after her SexForSolace with an ex ends with her becoming pregnant. She decides against it, after sensing the baby in her (and, for a time, believing that the decision was made for her).
* In ''[[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire Games of 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. 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.
*** 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. In fact, the TV version has omitted any mention of abortion in Westeros, with other characters such as Lysa.
** Lysa Arryn nee Tully is revealed to have had an abortion when she was young. She was impregnated by a man she was not married to and who 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 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.
** 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.
* ''Literature/YouthInSexualEcstasy'' takes a strong pro-life stance. The protagonist of the novel mentions abortion as one of the main reasons for youngsters having sex freely, then after watching [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_silent_scream The Silent Scream]] he has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment when he remembers breaking up with his pregnant girlfriend (who pleaded and begged him to help her keep their baby) and then giving her the money for aborting his child.
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Literature/TheRedTent''. [[ShrinkingViolet Ruti]] has been suffering at the hands of her husband Laban, and she does not want to give him any more children, because she does not believe he [[HeirClubForMen deserves the honor of more sons]] and she knows he will molest a daughter, so she asks Rachel to help her terminate the pregnancy, threatening to [[MercyKill kill]] [[OffingTheOffspring the child]] anyway after it's born. Rachel agrees, and next month (when the women enter the menstruation tent), she gives Ruti an [[IAteWhat unidentified black brew]] that induces a miscarriage. The women are all supportive of Ruti's choice, on the grounds that ''they'' don't much care for Laban or the way he treats her either.
* Built into the way healing works in ''Literature/TalesOfKolmar''. Magical healers can cause a deformed embryo which wouldn't survive long out of the womb (if it got that far) to abort, same with most pregnancies that the body fights against, but this technique won't work against a healthy embryo. When Lanen's half-dragon twins are threatening to get her killed they are not themselves sick enough for this to work, and she's furious at the suggestion that it should.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''Literature/BraveNewWorld''. Linda is a social outcast for having a baby in a world where in-vitro fertilization is universal, motherhood is an archaic obscenity, and Abortion Centres are luxury facilities.
* In John Barth's ''The End of the Road'', Rennie is determined to get an abortion, but [[spoiler:the quack who does it gets her killed.]]
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Literature/MemoirsOfAGeisha'' when it's revealed that Sayuri's mentor Mameha aborts all of the children she conceived by her client, the Baron. While most of the characters treat it as normal if a bit embarrassing, [[TearJerker Mameha has graves for her aborted children which she visits regularly]].
* In ''The Sleep Police'' by Jay Bonansinga this winds up being [[spoiler:the motive for the killer, since due to his beliefs he decided that he would target women who got abortions and kill them in ways reminiscent of the procedure, including cutting them apart and laying them in a fetal position with their thumbs in their mouths. He also decides to target the main character's ex wife after he finds out she's had two abortions and very nearly succeeds at killing her]].
* 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 suggest she should see a different doctor about it (her current doctor is insisting that it's normal, though we later find out that this is because [[spoiler:he's a Satanist in on the plan for Rosemary to give birth to TheAntichrist]]). 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 isn't a health complication she is unaware of.
* In ''[[Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo 1632]]'', Julie Sims rejects the idea of abortion on the basis of her personal beliefs. Given that she's from West Virginia, that's not surprising.
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Literature/{{Hometown}}''. GoodBadGirl Vicki fears that she may be carrying a ChildByRape and is distraught by the possibility, but is much calmed when someone points out that abortion is an option. It turns out to be a moot point anyway, as she isn't pregnant, but rather suffering from an eating disorder that has stopped her from menstruating.
* 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 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 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]]
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played straight]] in ''Literature/FrostflowerAndThorn'', where Thorn is hankering for money to procure an abortion until a Type 3 option presents itself (a spell to speed up the pregnancy and birth), but also {{averted|Trope}} because Thorn has in fact had at least one abortion before and her current predicament is refreshingly presented not as some agonizing moral dilemma but rather a practical choice.
* ZigZaggingTrope in Mickey Zucker Reichert and Jennifer Wingert's ''Spirit Fox.'' The heroine Kiarda, who's pretty clearly a good girl (though a moody teenager) is impregnated (apparently through rape when she was blacked out). She begs her healer friend Bevin to give her an abortion. Bevin tells her she can't do it, because it would be destructive magic that would endanger Bevin's healing powers (a WhiteMage who practices destructive magic will no longer be able to perform WhiteMagic), and pleads with her to keep the baby. Kiarda reluctantly agrees. However, Kiarda isn't portrayed as bad for wanting an abortion, and Bevin later reassures Kiarda that she doesn't think ill of her for it. [[spoiler: Kiarda eventually suffers a miscarriage anyway, because her HalfHumanHybrid twins are severely deformed and non-viable. Her pregnancy-by-rape was actually pregnancy through mating with a male fox when she was shapeshifted into a female one. It's a bit complicated to explain.]]
* Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar: {{Averted|Trope}} near the end of ''Arrow's Flight'' in which Talia allows a midwife to abort a young woman's pregnancy if she wishes it (which was due to [[ParentalIncest her stepfather]] [[ChildByRape raping her]], and she'd found that it was non-viable anyway since the girl was underage).
* ''Literature/TheScream'': Averted with Jesse, who's had two abortions and is pregnant a third time. Played straighter with thirty-seven year old Rachel, who is pregnant with her second baby in less than two years (she already has a much older teenage son).
* Alluded to but averted in ''Literature/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''. The narrator and protagonist, Vivienne, was pressured into an abortion by a lover who seemed considerate and sensitive up until she announced she was pregnant. Then, he blamed her for the situation and insisted on paying for her trip to Switzerland (abortion was illegal in Great Britain at the time). She doesn't want the procedure but goes through with it because she doesn't want to be a single mother, either.
* Invoked and subverted in the Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct novel ''Lightning''. The plot involves a SerialRapist who keeps re-attacking the same victims. It turns out he's deliberately targeting pro-life Catholic women in order to get them pregnant and make them reconsider their views on the procedure.
* In ''Literature/FiftyShadesFreed'', [[spoiler:Ana discovers that she is pregnant because her birth control wore off earlier than expected]]. It takes her less than a paragraph (in which the word "abortion" is not even mentioned) to decide she's not getting an abortion, including the clichés of declaring that train of thought "a dark path" and wrapping an arm protectively around her belly.
* Subverted in ''Literature/NewesOfTheDead'': Anne tries to abort but it doesn't work, and when she miscarries it has nothing to do with her abortion attempt, which she gave up on several months earlier.
* Averted in ''Literature/GuardiansOfTheFlame'': When Andy-Andy becomes pregnant, Karl (the father) gives his immediate support to whatever choice she makes, even saying he would perform a D&C himself, despite having no medical training (reasoning their healing potions will fix any damage). She ultimately decides against abortion, and they have a son, though it's made clear it would have been perfectly acceptable. In his internal thoughts, Karl specifically disclaims the idea that a blastocyst is a person.
* Averted in ''Literature/{{Headhunters}}'', where Roger Brown managed to bully his wife into having an abortion because he didn't want to have to compete with a baby for his wife's affections. He's literally been paying for it ever since, as his fears that Diane might leave him have driven him to buy her a house and a gallery that he knows they can't afford.
* Played straight in the e-novel ''Steel Beneath the Skin''. After the main character, Anika, and her girlfriend Ella were kidnapped and raped by a group dedicated to the "genetic purity of humanity" because Anika was a HumanPopsicle from the 21st Century who was found 1000 years in the future (and the group didn't know that she was actually a RobotGirl and therefore had no DNA anyway), her girlfriend worried about the possibility of getting pregnant. When Anika asked why she couldn't get an abortion, she was informed that because society had [[FreeLoveFuture few sexual taboos]] left with easy and reliable contraception readily available, abortions were outlawed [[InsaneTrollLogic because all pregnancies were considered voluntary even in the event that someone was kidnapped, given an anti-contraception injection against her will, and repeatedly raped]]. As it turned out, Ella wasn't pregnant anyway so it wasn't an issue.
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheStand'', Fran Goldsmith finds herself pregnant and unmarried. She basically ignores her boyfriend's offer to pay for an abortion, and never considers it again even as a [[ThePlague worldwide plague]] [[ApocalypseHow decimates most of humanity]].
* In the third Series/RizzoliAndIsles book, Jane Rizzoli learns that she's pregnant and even though the word is never spoken, she's clearly debating this--she's not happy about the pregnancy, it's been established in the previous two books that she doesn't like children, and her relationship with the baby's father is uncertain. By the book's end, after a talk with her mother, she calls the guy and not only informs him that she's pregnant, but that she's decided to keep the baby.
* Played straight in the Creator/MaeveBinchy novel ''Circle Of Friends''. Nan is horrified when her lover responds to the news of her pregnancy not with a marriage proposal, but with money and the name of an abortionist, wailing, "I'm a Catholic, I couldn't kill my baby!". But averted in Binchy's first novel, ''Literature/LightAPennyCandle'', where a character goes through with one. Despite the Irish Catholic setting and the time frame, she is never regarded as a horrible person by herself or anyone else involved.
* Played straight in the Creator/DanielleSteel books that tackle this topic, usually in one of the ways laid out in the page description. Occasionally, either the woman who wants the abortion or the man who wants her to have one is portrayed as a selfish jerk:
** Averted in the novel ''Changes'', when a teenage girl has one. Despite becoming ill afterwards, she is never portrayed as bad or condemned for her decision. Played straight later in the book, when her mother becomes pregnant and contemplates having one, given the upheaval that the family is currently in, but sure enough decides against it.
** Played straight in ''Heartbeat'', when a woman's husband wants her to have one (having been abused as a child, he doesn't want to have any kids himself). When she refuses, he divorces her.
** In the novel ''Daddy'', the titular character's wife intended to have an abortion every time she got pregnant--she didn't feel ready for a child the first time, felt overwhelmed at the thought of caring for two infants the second time, and simply did not want to have any more children the third time. Each time, her husband talked her out of it, and she is never portrayed as anything but a loving mother.
** ''Jewels''. When a man discovers that his wife intends to have an abortion, he is shocked, having thought she was just as thrilled about her pregnancy as he was. It turns out that she doesn't want children and that the child in question might not even be his--she's been having an affair with his brother. Her infuriated husband informs her that the child ''is'' his--his brother had a vasectomy--and proceeds to basically force her to play this trope straight by offering her money to have the baby and threatening to divorce her without a dime should she even legitimately miscarry. This is outright abusive behavior that is portrayed as completely okay because she's a horrible person.
** ''The Apartment'': When a woman decides to have an abortion since she doesn't want children, her boyfriend proceeds to do everything he can think of to prevent this--begging, demanding, threatening to break up with her, offering to take sole custody of the baby, even going to the courts to try and find some legal way to stop her from doing it. Despite this downright abusive level of control that he attempted to take over her life, she eventually changes her mind and the book concludes with them happily engaged and anticipating the baby's birth.
* It's mandated 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 view regarding abortion, and the book reflects that clearly.
* Played straight in Yulia Voznesenskaya's ''My Posthumous Adventures''.
** Anna, the main character, has an abortion at eighteen and at first doesn't think of it as anything bad, but she is left infertile, suffers bouts of depression due to it, and often secretly cries watching kids on a playground. After her [[spoiler:clinical]] death she is judged (among other things) for the child's murder, and shown that had she kept the baby, her boyfriend whom she thought immature would have married her, and they would have eventually become a happy and loving family.
** Anna's foil Tatiana also gets pregnant at a young age, by a married man from another country at that, but, being a priest's daughter, refuses to abort the baby. She atones for the adultery in prayer for the rest of her life, and ends up in Heaven. After she dies of cancer and her son's father in a plane crash, the boy gets HappilyAdopted [[spoiler:by Anna]] in the epilogue after they support each other in their losses.
* {{Discussed}} in ''The Terminal Experiment'' and ''Mind Scan'' by Creator/RobertJSawyer. The former has proof of the human soul weigh into the debate (especially given it happens after abortion's allowed in the US). In the latter, ''Roe vs. Wade'' was overturned by the US Supreme Court. Characters who have had abortions in these novels are sympathetic.
* ''Literature/TheAsylumForWaywardVictorianGirls'': Averted. Emilie had an abortion before her mental breakdown.
* ''Literature/TheBarsoomProject'' has a female character who (in the backstory) had attracted too much male attention at a young age, and ended up getting an abortion. The procedure left her sterile and caused her to gain a large amount of weight as a 'shield' against men. Her character arc involves forgiving herself for this.
* Subverted in ''Literature/RobertsonDavies'' 'What's Bred in the Bone'. In the early 20th century, a young unmarried woman in a prominent Catholic family falls pregnant and 'of course' abortion is not to be thought of! But she's been very stressed lately, so her mother says some very hot baths, large amounts of gin and plenty of castor oil would be good for her. Also jumping vigourously up and down. [[spoiler: The young woman remains pregnant, a marriage is hastily arranged with another man, and the child is born with severe birth defects, which are prevented from ruining the family's reputation by faking the child's death and keeping him hidden in the attic until he really does die as an adult. Also, due purely to coincidence and without anyone in-story knowing it, the child's caregiver for that time is his biological father. It's a screwed-up family.]]
* {{Downplayed}} rather delicately in ''Literature/KrisLongknife: Unrelenting''. At least one of the women impregnated as a result of the sabotage of a shipment of contraceptive implants chooses to terminate. Kris encounters her in sickbay afterwards and the younger woman is clearly torn-up about it; the chief medical officer describes her as having had to make her first serious adult decision since joining the military. Kris, who got pregnant herself (by her husband) in the same incident also firmly stomps on a (male) admiral's suggestion that the pregnant women be ''made'' to abort.

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* {{Averted|Trope}} in the very first TV abortion, that of the 47-year-old protagonist of ''Series/{{Maude}}''. No complications are referred to, and her family supports her choice. Her daughter's encouragement included explaining why a 47-year-old shouldn't have a baby, and Adrienne Barbeau played the daughter, who was 27 years old, and provided her mother with an 8-year-old grandson. Ironically, the episode aired ''before'' Roe v. Wade became law, but abortion had recently been made legal in New York, which was one of only four states to have abortion on request, with no reason required. Some people interpreted the episode as a subtle PSA regarding this fact.
* ''Series/PartyOfFive'' has Julia getting pregnant at age 16 and the entire episode is a debate over this trope. Charlie wants Julia to get an abortion since she's too young to be a mother while Claudia wants her to keep it since she considers abortion murder. [[SarcasmMode Surprise]], it's solved with a ConvenientMiscarriage though Julia was actually planning to get an abortion.
* 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.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''
** Jordan mentioned having an abortion, and although she probably doesn't fall under the category of "good girl", it's notable that though she's shown to feel quite sad about it when talking to her young child about it, she says it was the most reasonable decision she could have made at the time, as she told the couple (JD and Kim) asking for advice.
** When J.D. gets his girlfriend pregnant, he has one of his daydreams where he discusses abortions with UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}:
--->'''Jesus:''' No abortions!
--->'''J.D.:''' What if the parents are both drug addicts who'd neglect and abuse the child?
--->'''Jesus:''' Oh, in that case it would be OK.
--->'''J.D.:''' Really?
--->'''Jesus:''' NO abortions! How are you people not getting this?!
*** 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 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, Kim gives birth and they raise the child (who is a boy), though they are no longer a couple.
** A throwaway joke in the fifth season has a priest revealing to JD that he is pro-choice.
* In ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', Miranda got pregnant and went for an abortion, but decided to keep the baby at the last minute, though it is mentioned in the same episode that Carrie and Samantha have both had abortions in the past (and Carrie, while shown not to regret her decision, says she still doesn't feel "normal" about it even years later). Miranda was actually sitting in the doctor's office before deciding not to go through with it, despite the uncertainty of her relationship with the baby's father, and declaring, "I can't have a baby. I could barely find the time to schedule this abortion."
* Subverted with Aurelia on ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand''. Aurelia is pregnant via a rapist and abortion doesn't seem to occur to her, even though her husband is disgusted by her carrying another man's baby and she is in a very desperate situation. When Varro apologizes for being a massive douche, he implies that it's up to her whether the baby will be born. [[spoiler:After his death, she has it terminated to continue paying off his debt as a slave to Batiatus.]]
%%* {{Averted|Trope}} with Chloe on ''Series/MyMadFatDiary''.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "The Child", Troi gets pregnant by mysterious means and Worf suggests as a precaution that the pregnancy be terminated. However, Troi shoots that idea down: "I am having this baby."
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Series/SixFeetUnder''. Claire gets pregnant from her cheating sleazy boyfriend, and ends up having an abortion. There are no ill side effects, but she does end up seeing her baby in the arms of Nate's dead wife in a hallucination/trip to the afterlife/whatever the hell that was.
* Averted in ''Series/{{Tenko}}'' where almost all of the women agree [[spoiler: Dorothy's]] abortion is necessary and the best choice to make.
* 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 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, 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 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 was not due to 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 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.
*** Played straight with Erica's youngest daughter Bianca, who conceived after her own rape. Despite the circumstances, she couldn't bring herself to abort and carried the baby to term, deciding to raise her daughter herself.
*** Averted with Julia Santos, who also conceived after being raped. Julia experiences an emotionally difficult time making a decision and when she ultimately decides to end her pregnancy, it causes a major clash with her family's and her own staunch Catholicism. Julia's parents and sister give her their unconditional love and support but they do not approve of her decision.
*** Played straight with Dixie Martin. Despite her husband and his family (several of whom are medical professionals) practically trying to browbeat her into having an abortion due to the serious health risks that a pregnancy will bring her, she refuses -- and eventually miscarries due to these very same health issues.
** In ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'', Liberty doesn't know whether to have an abortion, raise the baby herself, or give it to her mother or another couple to raise. She has a convenient miscarriage. Janet herself refused to get an abortion, raising Liberty by herself as a teenager.
** On ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', Andrea gets pregnant and despite consciously deciding to have an abortion, citing the fact that she's only 18, has only just started dating the baby's father, and is only a freshman in college, she changes her mind at the last minute and has the baby (the RealitySubtext is that Andrea's portrayer was pregnant in RealLife and TPTB decided to write it in.) Also played straight several years later when Kelly got pregnant. She decided on an abortion, with the support of her boyfriend Brandon, but sure enough, miscarried.
*** Averted with Brandon' s girlfriend Susan, who admitted that she'd had one several years ago.
** Played straight on ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'', even though neither character could be considered a "Good Girl". When Amber got pregnant (either from a one-night stand with boyfriend Rick or one with best friend Raymond), the myriad of unfortunate circumstances--they were all teenagers, neither relationship was very serious--made her decide to have an abortion, only for Rick to actually burst into the exam room and beg her to reconsider. They married, only for the child to be stillborn. Later, when Brooke got pregnant with her ''son-in-law's'' baby, despite her best friend warning her that an abortion was not only a good idea, but probably the best one, given the havoc that would undoubtedly be wreaked by the child's birth, Brooke decided against one, then spent the next nine months whining about how her daughter would hate her once she found out, precisely what her friend had warned her about. Even worse, this was not the first, nor the last time that Brooke would be in this kind of situation, the last one also being complicated by her advanced age, yet each time, she chose to have the baby.
*** Subverted with Morgan [=DeWitt=], an ex-girlfriend of Ridge's who came to town still bitter about the abortion she'd had years ago. Flashbacks indicated that she had in fact ''wanted'' the baby, but had been browbeaten into terminating the pregnancy by Ridge's [[MyBelovedSmother controlling mother]] Stephanie, who didn't feel that Morgan was good enough for Ridge, nor that the two were ready to take on the responsibility of parenthood.
** On ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'', Mimi has an abortion after becoming pregnant by Rex. This is shown to be difficult for her emotionally, but she decides she is too young to have kids. She is punished harshly for this decision-she is blackmailed into assisting a kidnapper, her relationship with Rex falls apart when he finds out, and she becomes a borderline villain for some time.
** ''Series/GeneralHospital''. After cheating on husband AJ, Carly is horrified to find herself pregnant with her lover's child (she knows she can't pass it off as her husband's, thanks to their SexlessMarriage) and while she makes arrangements for an abortion, she ultimately can't go through with it. Sure enough, she miscarries after falling down some stairs.
*** Laura Webber feared she might be pregnant following her rape by Luke, but tearfully declared that she wouldn't have an abortion if that were the case. Whether for personal/moral reasons or because there was a chance the baby could be her husband's rather than her rapist's is never clear. It became a moot debate when she wasn't pregnant after all.
*** Averted by Laura's own daughter Lesley Lu, who got pregnant after a fling with Dillon. This was despite considerable browbeating from those who made it clear that they believed this trope--even her own brother denounces her as a "selfish bitch" for her decision. Laura, on the other hand, is 100% loving and supportive.
** ''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 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[[/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 young age, her not being involved with the baby's father. She also loses the baby at the end of the pregnancy after being hit by a car.
*** Heroine Sarah Gordon conceived after her rape and waffled on whether or not to have an abortion, of course, ultimately miscarrying.
** On ''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."
** Also played straight on ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'', when Sharon got pregnant to shore up her marriage to Nick. His angry reaction (they had agreed to wait a while before having children) made her decide to terminate the pregnancy, only for Nick to barge into the exam room and talk her out of it. But averted with Ashley, who not only had one because she assumed that her husband Victor didn't want the baby, but had a nervous breakdown when she learned that he ''did''.
* On ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', the entire family is utterly horrified when Lois becomes pregnant with her fifth child, as their resources are stretched to the snapping point taking care of the kids they already have, but the possibility of abortion is never even brought up. The family are implied to be Roman Catholic, albeit heavily lapsed, and given how strictly many Catholic adhere to this trope, consciously or not, it may well be TruthInTelevision. In this case the pregnancy plot was created because the actress playing Lois [[RealLifeWritesThePlot really was pregnant, so it would've been very difficult to hide the pregnancy in the later months]], so it's highly unlikely the creators intended to have any message about abortion present in this subplot.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds''.
** Season two's "Aftermath" has a serial rapist that is attacking girls at a religious school, then switches to an older demographic when one of the religious girls "chooses the sin of suicide over the sin of abortion."
** Averted in a third season episode. A stalking victim admits to having had an abortion about a year earlier, and though her fiancé is upset when he finds out, it does not seriously damage her or her relationship with him.
** Averted again in the fourth season, we find out that [[spoiler: Prentiss had an abortion when she was fifteen. Though this fact is mentioned in the context of revealing why she's screwed up, the abortion is never treated as the reason; it is instead the negative reaction of her priest which damages not her, but her friend]]. In neither of these cases does the character revealing the abortion ''or'' the character hearing about it imply that abortion is an immoral act.
* Frequently subverted in ''Series/{{House}}'', usually when there are medical implications. In "Babies And Bathwater", the mother died before she could have the abortion that would allow her to receive cancer treatment. In ''the very next episode'', the pregnancy was the underlying cause of the Patient Of The Week's condition. And in "One Day, One Room", House's patient (after much persuading) adheres to the one exception-that abortion seems to be okay when the pregnancy resulted from rape.
** Played straight(ish) in "Fetal Position", where a woman refuses to terminate a life-threatening pregnancy, forcing House to perform a risky operation on the fetus in a ShoutOut to RealLife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Armas Samuel Armas]]. He maintains that they took an unacceptable risk to their patient, but starts using the word 'baby' over 'it' from then on.
* The trope is toyed with in an early episode of ''Series/ThirdWatch''. Officer Yokas gets pregnant, but given her family's financial difficulties and the stresses of her job, decides she wants an abortion. Her husband encourages her to keep it. During a foot chase, a thug hits her in the stomach with a pipe, which, she tells her husband, caused a ConvenientMiscarriage. She's later shown getting an abortion. The moral issue in this case seemed to be presented not as the abortion itself, but that she lied to her husband in order to avoid having to talk or argue about it.
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Series/ColdCase'', which deals with abortion several times.
** One first season episode centers on an underground abortion service during the 1960s. Both of the (highly sympathetic) victims worked for the service and two other sympathetic witnesses in the case also had.
** One third season episode involved a high school couple who decide not to get an abortion after seeing photos given to them by a militantly pro-life (and hypocritical) nurse. It ruins both their lives ({{anvilicious}}, but on the other side).
** One sixth season episode involved a character who had suffered through a botched abortion (the episode was again set in the 1960s-in both cases the botched abortions highlighted the trouble criminalizing abortion could cause, rather than serving to punish the characters).
* ''Series/TheWestWing'' Season Five episode "The Supremes" averts this a scene in which two of the White House staff are interviewing a potential candidate for the Supreme Court. When asked whether she has done anything that would make her confirmation difficult, she offhandedly replies that she [[BreadEggsMilkSquick stole a book, bought a marijuana plant for her roomie, and]] had an abortion. Cue minor HeroicBSOD. Important to note that they were only worried about the political implications. None of the protagonists thinks any less of her for it, and they subsequently do nominate her.
* One plot line on ''Series/SouthOfNowhere'' involved Chelsea getting pregnant from Clay and going for an abortion. At the last minute, she opts out and keeps the baby, which she later [[ConvenientMiscarriage loses in a car crash]].
* In a Russian teen TV series ''Kadetstvo'', a Good Girl ponders over the option of abortion, decides to go through with it and sticks to that decision. Her Good Boy boyfriend objects to that, and she promptly breaks up with him. Considering how common abortion is in Russia, around 2.7 million annually, this could be ValuesDissonance.
* In ''Series/EastEnders'' erstwhile single-mother Michelle matter-of-factly aborted her husband's baby, after rejecting abortion while she was pregnant the first time. The difference was partly that she loved the father of the first child, the notorious Dirty Den, and didn't actually love her husband, weedy Lofty. Sadly, Lofty had wanted the baby, and this led to the break-up of their marriage (and arguably a better future for all concerned).
** Stacey also aborted Bradley's kid, and the show dealt with it unusually: instead of getting over it and everybody forgetting what had happened, Stacey was never comfortable with what she had done.
* On ''Series/SwitchedAtBirth'' it's played very straight with Lily. Despite the fact that she and the father are both 21, they broke up after it was conceived, he is unemployed and she is barely making enough money, ''and'' the fact that the baby has Down Syndrome, they decide to keep the baby. Abortion ''is'' contemplated seriously though, with them acknowledging that neither of them have the emotional maturity or money to give a special needs child everything it deserves. And most of their friends and family are hoping she aborts, with the exception of Daphne who out of nowhere became firmly pro-life.
* On a ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' flashback episode, when Lorelai was pregnant with Rory, Chris's father (who had been established as a jerk in a previous episode) tacitly suggests to the other parents that Lorelai simply "get rid" of the baby. This leads to a rather stunned silence, which makes some sense, since both sets of parents are upper-class conservatives.
** From the audience's perspective, his behavior is shocking, not because he suggests an abortion, [[ValuesDissonance but because he never shows a moment's interest in what Lorelai wants.]]
* Played with in ''Series/MadMen'', naturally. Joan gives a blink-and-you-miss it reference in the first season (roughly, "Are you late again? Do you need to see Doctor Emerson?"), and later [[spoiler:Betty Draper, of all people, makes serious inquiries after finding out that she's pregnant while estranged from her husband. And one of her friends knows a doctor. Admittedly she doesn't go through with it, but that has less to do with morality and more with being driven to patch her marriage back together at any cost]]. Bear in mind that we're in the early 60s here. In the fourth season, Joan reveals that she's had two abortions (or "procedures" as she calls them) and that she's concerned that she might not be able to get pregnant with her husband because of them. [[spoiler:She most certainly can and does--but not by her husband, leading to what appears to abortion #3. In the underground clinic she goes to, we see a 17-year-old go in for one as well.]] However, [[spoiler:Joan ultimately keeps the child.]] In this case they pay lip-service to past abortions, but [[spoiler:every woman who gets pregnant on the show keeps the baby. Joan may have had abortions in the past, but she wasn't a good girl-she's keeping this baby, because she's a good girl now]].
** Arguably [[spoiler: Peggy Olson's adoption counts as not "keeping" the baby]].
* Played with in ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', of all places. Jackie has an unexpected pregnancy and is considering abortion, which her mother is strongly against, only to find out that her and Roseanne's ''grandmother'' had two, long, long before they were legal. In the end Jackie opts to keep the baby, though her mother is still horrified that she has no plans to marry the father. (For the record, she eventually does after the baby's born, though even then they eventually divorce.)
** This comes up in a later episode, when it's possible Roseanne herself may need an abortion when something's thought to be wrong with her 4th baby. The initial episode is where Bev shows how fanatically anti-abortion she is and Nana Mary reveals she had her two, and the next episode has Roseanne feeling pressured to make the decision even though she wants to keep the baby. In the end, all the worry's for naught when it turns out the baby's fine.
* ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'': Jane gets pregnant after her doctor accidentally artificially inseminates her instead of another patient, and ironically Jane has never actually had sex. Despite this, Jane continues with the pregnancy after she learns that the father's only remaining sperm sample was used on her, and she intends to give the baby to the couple. Eventually though, the couple breaks up and Jane and the father, Rafael, decide to raise the baby together. Despite Jane not getting an abortion though, the trope is still sort of subverted. She heavily considers getting one and it is portrayed as an equally valid option.
** Also that Jane's mother, who isn't considered the "Good Girl", turned down Jane's devout Catholic grandmother's and father's request that she get an abortion when pregnant with Jane. This haunts them.
* Used in ''Series/MurphyBrown'': Murphy mulls her options after getting pregnant, abortion clearly being one of them. Eventually she decides against it. It's implied that the father assumed she would abort. In a pointed fantasy sequence, she considers aborting the child, only to turn and find the entire Supreme Court wagging their fingers at her in disapproval.
* Averted in the second season of ''Series/TheRealWorld'' when roommate Tammy has an abortion after finding out she's pregnant. When she returned to the house, the producers asked if she wanted all references to her pregnancy edited out, but she allowed them to keep it in since it was something young people could learn from. MTV showed both sides of the issue without being polarizing; another roommate thought what Tammy did was wrong, but knew that wasn't what she needed to hear and stood by her as a friend regardless.
* Quinn of ''Series/{{Glee}}'' is briefly asked whether she's going to get an abortion, but she promptly says no without a single thought. This fits into her character, who has been set up as a very devoted Christian, canoodling aside. Later on, Rachel has a pregnancy scare and the issue might have been addressed, but they sidestep it when it turns out she wasn't pregnant.
* On ''Series/PrivatePractice'' when Maya [[spoiler:becomes pregnant at the age of 16]] her pro-life OB-GYN mother tries to force her to have an abortion. Addison offers to perform the abortion, but once inside the exam room, [[spoiler:Maya can't go through with it. She decides to have her baby, which leads to a temporary estrangement from her mother. Eventually, her mother falls in love with the baby once it is born and acknowledges how thankful she is that her daughter chose life]].
* Averted on ''[[Series/{{Spenser}} Spenser: For Hire]]'', as Susan Silverman has an abortion in spite of Spenser's opposition.
* Abortion was alluded to three times on ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' and avoided every time:
** Gabrielle becomes pregnant in season 1 (due to her birth control pills being tampered with) and remains that way until a ConvenientMiscarriage midway through season 2. She dismisses the question by saying that she and her husband are good Catholics.
** Danielle becomes pregnant in season 3. When she tells Austin (the father) about it, he tells her that he "knows of this clinic," but she immediately dismisses it with "Absolutely not!" She goes through with the pregnancy and gives birth to a son, Benjamin, in early season 4.
** Lynette becomes pregnant with twins at the end of season 5. Early in season 6, she becomes depressed when she sees them on the ultrasound, telling Tom that she doesn't love them like she loved her other kids and doesn't want them. She has a change of heart after having a talk with Susan about it.
* On ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'', Blair's mother visits her and tells her that she's pregnant, but not going to go through with it. Blair is very disappointed with her mother's decision and how little thought she put into it (this was very true-to-life for Lisa Whelchel, as she is a devout born-again Christian). Blair eventually talks her mother into going through with the pregnancy, and the baby (a girl) is born later in the season in a ChristmasEpisode.
* Charlie Kelly's mother on ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' had an abortion [[spoiler:that didn't exactly work out, since three months later Charlie was born. Yes, three months later]].
* Averted twice on ''Series/NipTuck'': in season 2, Liz had one when she finds out that the baby she's carrying would be born with Down's Syndrome. In season 6, Kimber has one when {{jerkass}} Christian tells her that she could either choose between keeping him as her boyfriend or receive child support checks but lose him completely as he already has 3 kids and does not want another. There are some complications during the procedure and afterward Kimber is told that she can't have kids anymore.
* The third season of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' has [[spoiler:Rita]] discover that she's pregnant and -- despite coming to the conclusion that having the child would be a stressful, near-unmanageable complication to an already complex situation -- she decides to have the child.
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'':
** Dick wants Lucy to abort their supposed child, and she is disgusted.
** Nicky's mother became pregnant [[ChildByRape after being raped]], decided to keep the baby and [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]]. The story makes Dick and Andy burt into tears.
** Averted in "The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer" which reveals that Laura found out she was pregnant on her 16th birthday and decided to abort, [[ReallyGetsAround having no idea who the father was]]. [[spoiler:Given what is revealed on the show, the father could have been her own father.]]
* ''Series/{{Skins}}'' averts this trope with [[spoiler:Jal so she can go to university]].
* ''Series/DegrassiHigh'' averted this when [[spoiler:Erica]] decided to have an abortion and went through with it. This lead to the repeats of Degrassi either cutting episodes 101, 102, and 103 ('A New Start' Parts 1 and 2, and 'Breaking Up is Hard to Do') or changing episode 101 so that [[spoiler:Erica]] was never pregnant.
** ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' averted this with Manny (leading to a similar incident of the above: the episode in question didn't air in the states for years, and any references to Manny being moody afterwards was treated like she was just depressed over her messy break-up with Craig), but played it straight with Liberty--when JT suggests the possibility of abortion, she says she doesn't want to want to even think about it. However, she is three months along by the time she works up the courage to tell JT, so she's had enough time to think her options through.
** Played with when Jenna got pregnant. She was in denial about it for so long that by the time she found out, she was already far enough along that an abortion would not have been recommended. The father, KC, was quite mad at her about that. Played very straight with Clare: when she finds out she's pregnant she immediately books an abortion. But after a scare with vaginal bleeding, she's relieved when the fetus is okay and the doctor informs her that it was quite a miracle that she was able to conceive at all so soon after beating cancer. This causes the very ambitious Clare to choose to keep the child, despite wanting to go to university and get back together with her ex-boyfriend, who is not the father ([[WhosYourDaddy or so she thinks]]).
** And when Spike was pregnant with Emma on ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'', she did briefly consider abortion, even at the protest of her boyfriend, but (obviously, or else there'd be no Next Generation) decided to have the baby.
* Averted on ''Series/FridayNightLights'', where a minor female character falls pregnant from a one-night stand, and spends an episode considering all her options before ultimately going through with it. The episode does a pretty amazing job of never making the story a political issue, and keeping it focused on the characters that are affected.
* Used in ''Series/OneTreeHill'', where Peyton chooses to continue a pregnancy against ''medical orders'' and is seemly quite willing to sacrifice [[DeathByChildbirth her own life in spartan martyrdom]] if it saves the life of her unborn child. It's painful not so much because of her reasoning but rather her reaction when Lucas tells her he would rather lose his unborn baby than lose her.
-->"Lucas, if you want to talk about it, call it what it is...''[[{{Narm}} an abortion!]]''"
** This occurs many times throughout the series, actually (there are so many teen pregnancies or false alarms in the town that you have to wonder if there's something in the water). Lucas' mother kept him even though it meant dropping out of college, and during both of Brooke's scares, she didn't consider abortion to be an option.
** The one character that 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, "I KILLED MY BABY!").
* On ''Series/StargateUniverse'', when T.J. tells Colonel Young that she's pregnant with his child, preempts any mention of abortion with the statement "I'm keeping it." In this case, performing an abortion would have been rather tricky given their limited medical supplies, even if a doctor could have been brought in via the stones.
* Played 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]]
* In ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', at first it was Amy. To be fair, she considered abortion to the point of going to the abortion clinic, but ultimately realized that she couldn't go through with it and it wasn't the best choice for her. This example was far more prominent later in the series, when bad girl Adrian becomes pregnant and goes through with the pregnancy, [[RecycledScript using exactly the same reason as Amy, word for word]].
* Laura from ''Literature/EmilyOfNewMoon'' is horrified at the very idea of abortion, yet has little qualms about whoring herself out to the cruel factory overseer.
* The first episode of ''Series/ThatsMyBush'' has a highly fictionalized UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush trying to unite both sides of the abortion issue in a summit. It fails spectacularly with the pro choice spokeswoman (a stereotypical StrawFeminist) gets mistaken for a stripper and the pro life spokesmen (a survived [[{{Squick}} aborted fetus]], which ''has'' happened in real life) getting [[BlackComedy drag off by a dog]]. Laura Bush comforts him by telling him that those who believe that the unborn have a right to life and those who believe that a women has final say on her body will ''never'' see eye to eye as because at the end of the day [[GoldenMeanFallacy they are both sort of right]].
* In series three of ''Series/BigLove,'' Sarah discovers she's pregnant from her ex-boyfriend. She initially decides to put the baby up for adoption, then decides to keep it and raise it with her best friend Heather while she's at college in Arizona. However, she suffers a ConvenientMiscarriage soon after.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': Apparently, Lindsay Bluth was pregnant "loads of times"... just never with Maebe. [[spoiler:Except she was.]]
** GOB cautions George Michael that if a religious girl gets pregnant, "she stays pregnant."
-->'''Narrator:'''When GOB was in high school, he had sex with these women. These women got pregnant. This one had a baby.
* Arlene of ''Series/TrueBlood'' finds herself pregnant with [[spoiler: her serial killer ex-husband's baby]], which she decidedly doesn't want. However, she's against abortion, and instead tries to get a witch to do a magical abortion (which she, for some reason, considers OK). [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' has [[spoiler:Fauxlivia]] having some sort of illness that eventually almost certainly kills both the mother and the child (her sister had the same syndrome and died from it). So, for her, abortion is the only way out, and she's definitely doing it (even if the term itself, as usual, is never named). However, before she can go through with it, she's kidnapped and her pregnancy is accelerated. [[spoiler: Ultimately, both she and her baby survive-the kidnapping was orchestrated by the baby's scientist grandfather who needed the child's DNA for his own nefarious purposes.]]
* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' plays this straight in the third season. Nina gets pregnant after she and George have sex (the pill wasn't designed with werewolves in mind, apparently) and decides to abort despite George's objections. She changes her mind after meeting Sasha, a young female zombie whose body is rapidly succumbing to decay. Sasha tells them that her greatest regret was that she didn't do more with her life, like starting a family, because she assumed she'd always have time.
** 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.
* On ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram,'' Sarah's non-moral (not amoral), and not too bright, character, admits to having had several previous abortions, oblivious to the fact that this is a hot topic, and people may judge her for this. Later, she makes friends with a group of fundamentalist Christian women she meets at a clinic, and they're very nice to her, even though she has had abortions, because they believe she regrets them, and will be a mouthpiece for their cause, talking about how traumatic the experience was. It takes a while for this to dawn on Sarah, who at one point says that not only does she not regret having abortions, but doesn't think she's done having them. Her new "friends" drop her like a hot potato, but she's not too upset, because she's pretty happy-go-lucky. By the end of the episode [[spoiler: she's having another abortion]].
* Both [[PlayingWithATrope played straight]] and {{averted|Trope}} in ''Series/{{Deadwood}}''. It's made clear that Doc Cochran is the Gem's abortionist-in-residence, and Trixie mentions that she's had several abortions. But when widowed Alma Garrett becomes pregnant by a married man, she decides to keep the pregnancy. Ellsworth generously offers to marry her, and it's only after this marriage that the pregnancy fails and she has to have an [[ConvenientMiscarriage abortion to save her life]].
* At the beginning of Roz's unplanned pregnancy arc in Season 5 of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', the possibility of abortion is brought up only very briefly and indirectly by Frasier. Roz makes it clear that she never contemplated abortion as an option.
* Somewhat averted in season seven of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', when [[spoiler:Robin]] hints that she will probably have an abortion if her pregnancy scare turns out to be real, which distresses [[spoiler:Barney]], the potential father. However, it never actually comes to a head because she turns out not to be pregnant after all.
* In season five of ''Series/{{Stromberg}}'', Jennifer gets pregnant by Stromberg. It was unwanted and she seriously considers the option of abortion, but then decides against it, after some persuasion by Ernie. Then she [[ConvenientMiscarriage miscarries]].
* In the 2012 ''Series/UpstairsDownstairs'', Lady Persie insists upon an (illegal) abortion and does go through with it; this is played as another sign of what an infinitely petty and morally bankrupt individual she is.
* ''Series/{{Awake}}'' plays this perfectly straight... except with adoption. By the time the pregnancy in question is known to the protagonists, it's five months along, too late for an abortion.
* ''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.
* {{Averted|Trope}} in series two of ''Series/{{Bedlam}}'': In one episode, Ellie reveals she's pregnant; in the next, she says she's had an abortion (offscreen) because her life is too devastating to bring a child into.
* Played somewhat straight in ''Series/{{Silk}}''. Main character Martha Costello finds out she's pregnant and immediately calls a clinic to take care of it, but when she misses the appointment due to her work schedule, she decides not to reschedule. When the father asks her where she's going to go for an abortion, she plainly informs him that she's keeping it. [[ConvenientMiscarriage Until a crazy ex-client assaults her in the season finale.]]
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played straight]] in ''Series/InspectorGeorgeGently'', when a progressive student falls pregnant and decides not to go to Scotland for an abortion (it had been decriminalised there but not in England) even though she has the money and contacts and not having an abortion would mean dropping out of university and returning to her working-class parents to be a single mother, effectively ending her dreams of becoming a lawyer to support the progressive cause.
** Played straight again in another episode, where Gently arrests an abortionist he catches about to begin the procedure. She had previously {{discussed|Trope}} it with him, as a hypothetical scenario, and claimed that abortion was for the general good because most of the women coming to her were unable to care for a child, and claimed that abortion would soon be legalized anyway. Unusually Gently, who is for racial tolerance, gay rights, and multiculturalism, is completely opposed to abortion, whereas Bacchus, who would be somewhere between Jack Regan and Gene Hunt if he weren't on a tight leash, is more open to the idea of legalization (perhaps because of his own [[spoiler:ShotgunMarriage]]).
* ''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.
** When April has a pregnancy scare, she decides that she would keep the baby. {{Justified|Trope}} as she's very religious and had been a virgin until a few months before.
* Unusual example in ''Series/StargateSG1'' since Vala is hardly a good girl in the conventional sense and the conversation happens well after the child (who becomes the BigBad for the rest of the series) was born.
-->'''Vala''': What, you don't think I'd want to be responsible for the enslavement of an entire galaxy, do you?
-->'''Daniel''': It was hardly your fault.
-->'''Vala''': I knew she was the will of the Ori even before she was born. I could have done something about it, but I didn't.
-->'''Daniel''': She was your child.
-->'''Vala''': Maternal instinct can only excuse so much.
* In one episode of ''Series/CallTheMidwife'', a teenage prostitute named Mary gets knocked up and realizes that if she stays with the pimp she's been working for, she'll be forced to have an abortion. Wanting to keep the baby, she appeals to Jenny Lee for help. Jenny takes her to a priest, who shelters Mary throughout the pregnancy. [[spoiler:In this case though, it ends badly. The priest ends up putting the baby up for adoption without Mary's consent, arguing that a teenage mother would have no chance at all of getting a job, and thus splitting the two up was the only possible way for either to survive (the baby was adopted by a family able to support her). The episode also hinted that Mary wasn't entirely right in the head (she seemed unable to understand why it was worrying and not romantic at all that her boyfriend, who tricked her into the prostitution ring, was stalking her around the place she was hiding at) and that, coupled with a later episode where she kidnapped a baby (under the delusion that it was her own) and had no idea how to properly care for it lead to the hints that she would have been unable to care for her own child, had she been allowed to keep it.]]
** A later episode subverted the trope as it followed [[Creator/SharonSmall Nora Harding]]'s increasingly desperate attempts to induce abortion. Her story was played utterly for sympathy -- she already had eight children and could hardly afford to feed and shelter them as it was -- and everyone who finds out are only worried that Nora will inadvertently hurt herself in her attempts to abort. The episode dealt with the issue of the invention of birth control, and how that would have saved her all of the heartbreak and stress she went through. Ultimately, Nora resorts to a back-alley abortion and nearly dies from septicemia. Sister Julienne tells Jenny that this is far from the first time she's dealt with the situation, and knows exactly what to tell the doctor so that the woman can get the necessary care without being arrested for an illegal abortion. The end of the episode discusses how birth control was brought about soon enough that the woman's daughters and granddaughters were spared the same ordeals.
*** Another episode features a [[IllGirl teenage diabetic]] getting pregnant by what her mother considers an unsuitable lower class boyfriend. The mother pressures her to have an abortion for her health, as being a pregnant diabetic at that time was very dangerous, but she wants to keep the baby. She and the father run away together, only for her to get terribly sick. When they're found, the mother puts her in the hospital to have the abortion. It's portrayed pretty tragically for everyone.
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Series/JackAndBobby''. Missy gets an abortion after accidentally getting pregnant and it's portrayed as being the right thing for her to do. Ironically her devout Catholic father was more upset about her being pregnant in the first place than he was about her getting an abortion, which is the opposite of how it usually is with religious families on TV shows.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory'', where at first college student Hayden's decision to abort the child she's carrying as the result of her affair with Ben is presented as a mature and rational choice, but she changes her mind right before she goes through with it in order to pull TheBabyTrap on Ben, who's already married with one teenage daughter and another on the way, and plans to uproot her life to move to California and is clearly presented as being in the wrong for forcing this on him. [[spoiler:Becomes a moot point when Larry murders her shortly thereafter]]. Likewise the girls who come to the Montgomerys for back alley abortions in the 1920s are not presented in a villainous light and instead as victims of the insane Dr. Montgomery, especially since they had no legal methods available to them at the time.
** Also used for KickTheDog purposes when Constance Langdon mentions to Vivien (who recently found out that she's pregnant again) that if they'd had "those tests" (i.e. DNA tests) back when she was pregnant with her daughter Adelaide, who has Down's Syndrome, that she probably would have aborted her. Needless to say, Constance isn't the best parent.
** Used for KickTheSonOfABitch purposes in the second season, when Lana is raped by [[spoiler:Dr. Thredson]] and tells him that she aborted the child. She tries and fails once, and has an opportunity for a safe backroom abortion later on in the series, but she declines, not out of any moral standing, but rather that she was tired of death. [[spoiler:Ironically, the child then grows up to be a serial killer who is ''directly'' inspired by his knowledge that his mother tried to abort him and his father was a sadistic serial killer whose victims were exclusively women. The whole season ends with Lana shooting him once they meet again forty years later, becoming not only a quite literal case of ShootTheShaggyDog but subtly supporting the notion that Lana should have gone through with the abortion if she'd wanted to prevent more deaths in the long run.]]
* 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 takes his gun and shoots the nurse that was tending to her because of a snarky comment the nurse made about how many abortions Ms. Doggett has had. The pro-lifers protesting outside the clinic believe she did it to support their cause though. As a result, they give Pennsatucky legal aid and 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 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.]]
* {{Averted|Trope}} with Tara on ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', who became pregnant by her boyfriend prior to the start of the series and had an abortion at six weeks. She does not feel guilty about this, but the conflict stems from the fact that her (ex, by the start of the series) boyfriend seems to believe in this trope on top of being more than a little emotionally unstable.
* In ''{{Series/Pramface}}'', despite going to a clinic to hear her options, having abortion suggested by her best friend, parents, and worrying about how motherhood is going to work while she's going to university, Laura goes through with the pregnancy.
* ''{{Series/Continuum}}'': Kiera scheduled one, but decided against it, and urges her grandmother to do the same (of course, that was to save her own future existence).
* ''{{Series/Salem}}'': Nastily {{averted|Trope}} by Mary, who up to that point seemed ''quite'' the good girl. The slave Tituba not only uses magic to abort her child, but apparently it's sacrificed to {{the Devil}} as the beginning of Mary's [[StartOfDarkness slide into evil]].
** [[spoiler: It's later revealed her child is still alive... raised by the coven.]]
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''{{Series/Misfits}}'': Curtis quickly gets rid of his GenderBender power after getting his female alter ego pregnant [[ItMakesSenseInContext accidentally]], effectively aborting that pregnancy. The word isn't used, though Alicia says "There are options, you know" when Melissa!Curtis is worrying over what to do.
* ''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.
** It's later revealed that her pregnancy was a result of her rape by a stranger, but she had allowed Connor to believe otherwise.
* On ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', Edith considers having an abortion when she gets pregnant out of wedlock and the father of her 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 decides against abortion, eventually choosing adoption.
* ''Series/{{Reign}}'': Lola goes off to have one, but is stopped by Mary at the last minute before the operation.
* Averted in ''Series/OrphanBlack'': In the season 2 finale, Sarah admits that she has had an abortion in the past.
** Played extremely straight after Helena and Gracie are artificially inseminated with Helena-Henrik embryos. Gracie is understandably disturbed at being impregnated against her will with her father's child.
--->'''Helena''': You're a good girl, Gracie, but if you don't want to have my babies, don't have my babies.\\
'''Gracie''': I would never do that.
* In season four of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', Adalind learns she is once again pregnant with a baby she doesn't want. The father is someone she despises and she still hasn't found her last child (still a baby), but her first thought is to quickly sleep with another guy in order to pretend it's his. The only reason she kept her first baby was in order to sell it to the highest bidder, but ultimately changed her mind once maternal instinct kicks in. And as her character arc was moving her from villain to sympathetic antagonist.
* Lori from ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' discovers she is pregnant and acquires morning-after pills to deal with it, since they're currently experiencing a zombie apocalypse with all its related horrors, but ends up throwing them back up and going through with it.
* ''Series/{{Catastrophe}}'': Several characters, including Sharon, bring up the option of abortion. Yet she decides not to for no clear reason, despite her being forty one and only knowing the father briefly (the conception happened during a week of casual sex).
* ''Series/BlackSails'': Anne helps Max induce an abortion after she's [[ChildByRape impregnated due to being repeatedly raped]]. It's portrayed sympathetically, even as a [[PetTheDog touching gesture from Anne]], who up to this point hadn't shown a soft side.
* 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.
* {{Parodied|Trope}} in ''Series/{{Hex}}'' in which Cassie vacillates but is finally persuaded to have an abortion after becoming pregnant with TheAntichrist. The humor comes when the fetus's demonic father uses undiluted religious pro-life rhetoric to persuade the gynecologist to secretly save the life of the (unnaturally grown) premature infant.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': {{Averted|Trope}}. Hope Schlottman is the ''epitome'' of the good girl archetype who adamantly refuses to give birth to a [[ChildByRape child by Kilgrave]], and pays her cellmate to beat her up so she will miscarry. When that does not work, Jessica helps her procure abortion pills, and after she physically recovers from the experience she's shown to stand by her decision not to go through with the pregnancy. Considering that in the comics, all of Kilgrave's children inherited his MindRape powers, this was probably the best course of action....
* Averted in the second season of ''Series/HaltAndCatchFire''. Donna gets pregnant and between her husband's increasingly erratic behavior, Mutiny's persistent money problems, and the fact that she's already got two daughters to take care of, decides that it's not a good time for her to have another child, and thus she has Cameron drive her to the abortion clinic.
* Played straight in ''Series/{{Graceland}}''. Having become pregnant by Briggs and realizing that Briggs is a sociopath, Charlie considers having an abortion, but can't bring herself to actually do it (though she pretends that she did because she knows that it would hurt him.) She later loses the child anyway after someone tries to poison her while she's undercover.
* ''Series/TheKnick'': {{Discussed|Trope}} and mostly averted. Sister Harriet is an abortionist and reassures one of her patients that God would understand. Cleary doesn't like it, but his scruples don't stop him from extorting part of Sister Harriet's payment when he finds out that she performs them. Later, when Cornelia becomes pregnant after having sex with Edwards he initially reluctantly agrees to perform an abortion so that it will be safe, but then backs out. So she goes to Sister Harriet. He isn't happy with this, but knows that being together is socially impossible, and them running away would mean giving up their lives in New York forever. People who don't know that Edwards is the father suggested Cornelia pass off the baby as her fiancee's, which she knew [[ChocolateBaby wouldn't work]].
* ''Series/HeroesReborn2015'': 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 though.
* Played straight with the women of ''Series/{{ER}}'', despite the multitude of unwanted/unplanned/unexpected pregnancies. It's only briefly alluded to when Chen implies that she deliberately hemmed and hawed about what to do until it was too late for her to terminate (she gave the baby up for adoption), and when the cancer-stricken Mark asks his fiancee Elizabeth if she'll still have the baby if his diagnosis is poor (in both character's cases, the actresses were pregnant in RealLife and the writers decided to include it). The only aversion is when Abby admits to having had one during her marriage, fearful of either raising a mentally ill child, or putting an innocent child through the same hell she went through growing up with a bipolar mother. Later, when she gets pregnant by Luka, despite still having the same fears, she decides not to go ahead with the abortion.
** 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.
** Averted with Nicole, who briefly dated Luka. She tells him she's pregnant to keep him from kicking her out when he discovers she's a thief, but has an abortion after Abby chastises her for trying to pull TheBabyTrap.
* Just barely alluded to on ''Series/{{Friends}}'', with Rachel's pregnancy. When the rest of the gang asks how and what she plans to tell Ross, she responds, "I'm going to tell him that I plan to have the baby", etc.
* In the series finale of ''Series/{{Sisters}}'', Teddy and her husband learn that their child might be disabled. He's relieved that they've found out in time to have an abortion, but she ultimately refuses, declaring that they can love the child no matter what. In an earlier episode, when she seduces her ex-husband Mitch the night before he's to marry her sister, she gets pregnant from this encounter, but decides not to abort, despite the havoc that will be wreaked, miscarrying once the hoopla dies down.
* ''Series/TheAmericans'': Averted with Nina, who's mentioned to have had an abortion in the past but is not portrayed badly for it. In fact, she's probably one of the nicest characters. The father, her estranged husband, seems to not hold it against her or be upset, merely speculative as to how things would have been different if she had kept it.
* ''{{Series/Outlander}}'': Louise de Rohan asks Claire to give her an abortifacient after she becomes pregnant due to her affair with Prince Charles. However, Claire warns her that the herb used is highly toxic and very risky to take. She eventually changes her mind and passes the baby off as her husband's.
* ''Series/TheGoodWife'': Discussed and averted. Diana is a supporter of abortion rights, while her client R. D. opposes it, and they have an informal debate about it, but later respectfully agree to disagree. On the other hand Nisa, Zack's girlfriend, is the only character mentioned to have had an abortion. This is treated neutrally, with no comment either way. Alicia is only upset that she didn't know Zack was having sex, and if the reveal could be bad for Peter's political career given the controversial issue.
* Played straight on ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'' (unsurprising, given the show's heavy religious overtones). When a woman learns that her unborn child will be afflicted with Down's Syndrome, her husband practically browbeats her into having an abortion, as he doesn't want a mentally disabled baby. While sitting in the doctor's office she comes to the realization that she wants the baby no matter what and walks out. When her husband tries to make her feel like a hypocrite, citing all the work she's done for abortion rights, she declares, "I'm still pro-choice. And I just made one. I'm having this baby."
** Averted in another episode, when the angels are sent to counsel an estranged couple. It turns out that 20-something years earlier, the couple decided to have an abortion as they didn't feel they were ready for children. They were never able to conceive again and have spent the subsequent time regretting their decision and feeling that they were being punished for it. The angels assure them that that isn't the case.
* Averted on ''Series/GoodGirlsRevolt'' with [[spoiler:Angie]]. She tries to end the pregnancy by drinking tansy tea at first because she doesn't have the money for an abortion. Then all the girls at the office give money so she can have a proper procedure, and she isnt portrayed negatively at all. [[spoiler:At the same time, we find out that Cindy's had abortions in the past.]] However, this is TheSixties / TheSeventies, so everything is done very secretively.
* In the miniseries ''Queen'', the titular character is taken to an abortionist after being abandoned by her lover, but she storms out. Whether for moral reasons or because she's terrified of being killed by the untrained woman is unclear.
* ''Series/TheMagicians2016'': 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.
* ''Series/HandOfGod'': Alicia backs out of having an abortion at the very last minute, though she was mostly getting pressured into one by Paul to begin with so his reputation would be spared.
* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': The fundamentalist regime certainly thinks so, blaming abortion (among other things) for the current demographic crisis. A former abortion doctor is also seen hanged from the Wall later by Offred and Ofglen.
* ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'': {{Deconstructed}} in the episode ''Whose choice is it anyway?'' The main guest star is shown as a 'good girl', and she sees a counselor to explore her options, including abortion and seriously looking into adoption. [[spoiler: The character ends up miscarrying after her boyfriend bombs the counseling/abortion clinic, not knowing she's in there. She outright states "It was my choice to make. [He] had no right to take that away from me!"]] It also reveals that regular cast member Judy Hoffs had an abortion at 17; when asked if she regretted it, Judy answers poignantly that she regrets getting pregnant, and she ''really'' regrets not sharing it with her mother, but she believes that she made the right choice. The episode itself shows either a serious exploration or an example of all the three main choices; keeping and raising the baby, adoption, and abortion, and all are shown as valid choices. It also emphasizes the need for counselling services, because every girl (this is Jump street after all) in this situation needs and deserves support in order to make the right choices ''for them''.
* ''Series/TheSinner'': Cora was {{raised Catholic}}, so she wouldn't have an abortion. Rather, she stepped in front of a truck. This led to a miscarriage, though she survived obviously. She seems unaware of the fact this essentially is just abortion by other means. [[spoiler: It turns out that she made it all up.]]
* ''{{Series/Seinfeld}}'': {{Discussed}} in one episode, when Elaine, who's firmly pro-choice, urges Jerry to not eat at a restaurant whose owner supports anti-abortion groups. He challenges this by later asking Poppy, owner of another restaurant they go to, what he thinks of abortion. Turn's out he is against it, and Elaine gets into an argument with them. Then this comes up ''again'' with a new guy she dates, after Jerry got Elaine to bring it up. He's also pro-life, and they break up over it.

* "Oasis" by Music/AmandaPalmer is a [[LyricalDissonance cheery little number]] about a girl who gets raped, ends up getting pregnant, and gets an abortion with absolutely no regrets. Mind you, she ''is'' a bit more focused on the fact that Oasis wrote back to her...
** There's also "Mandy Goes To Med School", by Palmer with her band The Dresden Dolls, a slinky, jazzy tune about [[CrossesTheLineTwice operating a back-alley abortion clinic in an SUV]]. Both could be considered satirical {{Protest Song}}s.
** Aaand then again there's "Sex Changes" by the Dresden Dolls, which reads as a bitter song about having disappointing sex and getting an abortion ("You get more than you're asking for without the right protection", "the knife is nearing", "this little feat of engineering"...). Comes across as more of a straight-up ProtestSong than Oasis, for sure (the video for which includes "annoying fundamentalist Christians" protesting with signs that read "Jesus Hates You").
* [[PlayingWithATrope A subverted-inversion]] in Music/ViennaTeng's [[LyricalDissonance jarringly upbeat]] ''Shasta''. To all intents and purposes, it looks like the girl is on her way to get an abortion, until [[TwistEnding she remembers turning away at the heed of a protester standing outside the clinic doors]]. At least, that is the most probable interpretation, but it is not made clear whether or not she went through with it.
%%* Likewise subverted in NinaHagen's ''Unbescreiblich weiblich''. %% Zero Context Example
* [[Music/{{Madonna}} "But I've made up my mind, I'm keeping my baby."]]
** This trope is possibly subverted, though, as both her friends and father have advised her to have an abortion, and her choice to keep the baby is not necessarily presented as the "good" choice.
* "Aurélie" by Colonel Reyel is about a sixteen year-old girl who gets pregnant, then decides to keep the baby against the will of her friends and parents. The chorus praises her decision to become a "mother at all costs". WordOfGod is that the song is not against abortion but against external pressure to have one.
* Pointedly averted in Everlast's "What It's Like" -- the woman getting the abortion is portrayed sympathetically, unlike the clinic protesters.

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* The different denominations of UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} have a variety of different views on abortion, ranging from condemnation to acceptance of it.
** 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, the Catholic Church and some individuals with Catholic views tend to be active in the anti-abortion movement.
** The Eastern Orthodox Church, like it's Western Catholic Counterpart, forbids abortion in all circumstances and considers it to be a mortal sin. But while still expected to repent, a woman who gets an abortion because of potential threat to her life doesn't get excommunicated.
** The Church of England considers abortion to be a Great Moral Evil, and only permits abortion when there is a clear threat to the life of the mother.
** Other Protestant churches have varied attitudes, from full condemnation to acceptance.
* UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}} also has a variety of different stances depending upon denomination.
** Orthodox Judaism considers abortion an act of murder and only allows it when the mother's life is endangered by pregnancy.
** Conservative Judaism allows abortion when the pregnancy might cause mental or physical harm to the mother, or when the fetus is deformed or disabled.
** Reformed Judaism allows abortion in more circumstances, including rape, incest, and when the pregnancy is inconvenient. Additionally it states that the pregnant woman should be the one to make the decision.
** There is a ritual in the Torah (or Old Testament) describing how a woman accused of adultery by her husband should drink "bitter water", an odd concoction which will according to one interpretation cause abortion if she's guilty and pregnant from her lover. Other interpretations are the potion causing her premature birth or a prolapsed uterus.
* In UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}, the fetus is believed to gain a soul after four months so past that point abortion is impermissible. Whether or not it's permissible before four months differs from scholar to scholar with stances ranging from forbidden to completely permissible. Muslims universally agree that the mother's life takes precedence over that the fetus regardless of term.
* Classical UsefulNotes/{{Hindu|ism}} texts strongly condemn abortion.
* UsefulNotes/{{Buddhis|m}}ts generally regard abortion negatively-monks of certain orders can be expelled if they participate in abortions. The specific attitude varies in the religion.
* Greco-Roman Religion for the most part allowed abortion and practiced it regularly. While there were exceptions (one example being Pythagoreanism), they were very rare. The original Hippocratic oath forbade physicians from inducing abortion by use of a pessary. It seems this was not over opposition to abortion overall, though, but a dangerous procedure. Hippocrates advised other methods in his writings. Some followers of his later were adamant it forbade ''all'' abortion however.

[[folder:Printed Media]]
* Magazine/{{MAD}} Magazine had one article about telling the difference between a Drama, a Comedy, and a Reality Show (which was useful with shows like ''Laguna Beach: The Real OC'' and ''Series/TheHills'', when you couldn't tell [[WorkedShoot what was scripted and what wasn't]]). One of the examples was pregnancy. If it's a comedy, she'll keep it and have lots of wacky jokes about pregnancy and henpecked husbands (citing ''Series/{{Friends}}''). If it's a drama, she'll abort it and be scarred for life (possibly referencing ''The OC'' or ''Series/LawAndOrder''). If it's a reality show, there will be cameras there to film it either way.

* In ''Theatre/ARaisinInTheSun'', the first thing the wife does when she finds out she's pregnant again is put a down payment on an abortion, even though it's clear that she really does not want to do it but feels she has no choice. Her husband is devastated to hear this, and it's not the abortion itself that troubles him so much as the circumstances that lead to them considering it, which underlines the desperation they feel throughout the entire story. They don't go through with it since they wind up with a bigger house and money to raise the child. Note that the play was written in 1959, before Roe v. Wade.
* In the musical ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'', Wendla gets an abortion though it's implied she does not want to; her mother takes her to get one by force, [[spoiler:and then Wendla dies]]. This is even sadder in the original play on which the musical is based because [[spoiler:her child is the product of rape. Not to mention that in both the musical and play, Wendla does not even know what abortion is]].
* In ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'', Sally brings up abortion immediately after announcing her pregnancy, but Cliff (who may or may not be the father) convinces her not to do it. In act two she changes her mind and has an abortion, which is played as a sign of her character's downward spiral.
* OlderThanTelevision: In Sidney Howard's 1924 play ''Theatre/TheyKnewWhatTheyWanted'', Amy finds out that she's become pregnant from her extramarital relations with Joe. As she wonders what to do about it, Joe suggests one possible course of action, but she rejects it out of hand: "Them kind of doctors is no good... I'm too far gone anyway... I know... and anyway... doing that... It's worse than the other." It all works out, because her husband wants children, and forgives her.
* ''The Girl Who Never Was'' is a play about a woman who aborted a baby she wanted to keep (her boyfriend convinced her to) and is driven insane by guilt/ the ghost of the baby girl. Although the message is more "don't be persuaded to do anything you don't want to" than "good girls avoid abortion."
* Most (though not all) versions of "The Tango Ballad" from Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera make reference to Low-Dive Jenny having become pregnant by Macheath, who then forces her to abort the child. Interestingly, the song suggests that [[MoralEventHorizon this was the thing that ultimately convinced Jenny to break off her engagement to Mac]], even though she reminisces fondly elsewhere in the song about Mac having pimped, stolen from and beaten her repeatedly.
* In Eugene Brieux's play ''Maternity'', an eighteen-year-old girl is pregnant by a boyfriend who abandoned her. The last act of the play has an abortionist on trial for her murder, and the counsel for the defense takes the position that SocietyIsToBlame for not respecting motherhood, but "abortion is a crime, because it deprives of life a creature already living; and to condone it would lead to condoning infanticide also." (Yes, this is {{Anvilicious}}, but Brieux was never known for subtlety in drama.)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* After Nagisa's pregnancy is discovered in ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}} After Story'', her mother Sanae suggests abortion out of concern for [[IllGirl her health]], but Nagisa refuses, as she really wants to have the baby. Also because [[RealLifeWritesThePlot one of the series's storyboard artists was forced to abort as a teenager]], [[UnfortunateImplications and the writers didn't want to offend her by reminding her about it through having a character in the story get an abortion]].
* Played with in ''VisualNovel/EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo''. [[spoiler:Yuuko]] gets pregnant, and is so adamant on having an abortion that [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness she pulls out a knife and attempts to stab herself in the uterus]] before her boyfriend has to physically restrain her. He eventually calms her down and persuades her that keeping the baby wouldn't be the end of the world. They also bring up how they likely couldn't afford to pay for an abortion, which results in massive FridgeLogic about how they expect to afford ''the baby'' if they can't afford a one-time payment on the procedure.
* You learn fairly early that Rokushiki in ''VisualNovel/KaraNoShoujo'' in large part targeted women who were uncomfortable about their pregnancies and either had abortions or might have been considering one. This also makes up part of the motive of the first serial killer.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', a book series that has appeared since ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' entitled "The Real Barenziah" suggests within Part 3 that Barenziah carried on an intimate affair with [[GodEmperor Tiber Septim]] in which she eventually got pregnant. Barenziah wanted to keep the child but, as a bastard child from a Dunmer mistress would be ''very'' inconvenient for the Emperor (illegitimate heirs to the throne tend to do that), he basically forced his healer to magically abort it against her will. This became a plot point later in the story as the story implied she also had trouble conceiving later in life due to the [[ImmortalProcreationClause limited fertility]] of [[OurElvesAreBetter Dunmer]] and the trauma of the event.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' in the flashback where you control Golbez, a villager hints that his mother was aware that her second pregnancy would be dangerous but she decided to keep the child. She died giving birth to [[spoiler:Cecil]] which leads Golbez to hate him.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Irish short film ''{{WebVideo/Aaron}}'' deals with the aftermath of a TeenPregnancy. The girl in question was going to carry the baby to term, but her parents were going to make her give it up. Naturally it resulted in a ConvenientMiscarriage. This one has a justification that abortion is illegal in Ireland.

* The Webcomic ''Webcomic/DestroyerOfLight'' by Creator/AGnosis averts this -- Persephone gets pregnant, and does have an abortion. Everyone involved is sympathetic. However, [[http://a-gnosis.deviantart.com/art/Destroyer-of-Light-75-464540221 it doesn't work as planned.]] Well, the fetus ''is'' out of her womb, and she's healthy, so technically it did work, [[spoiler:but the fetus survives because it's a god]].
* The first strip of ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' has Davan sending a wire hanger to an old girlfriend who's having a baby shower. [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp09222002.shtml A later series of strips]] would have him escorting another old girlfriend to an abortion clinic. (For the record, neither child has any chance of being his.)
* ''Webcomic/AndersLovesMaria'' brings this up several times, with Maria and Tina both having abortions in the back story. Tina is also going in for an abortion when [[spoiler:she finds out that she's had a ConvenientMiscarriage]].
* Aiko of ''Webcomic/RedString'' casually announces she "had that little problem taken care of" and giggles when Reika mentions her pregnancy. Aiko is also very slutty and is caught trying to seduce her fiance's younger brother while both of their love interests are in the next room.
* Sil'lice implies in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' that her sister Snadhya'rune has had abortions, specifically referring to how she "[[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?order=chapters&id=15 murders her own children while they are still in the womb]]" which to a drow, who place a high value on motherhood and directly connect social status to how many children one has, would be an absurd concept, and Snadhya's rejection of this part of drow culture is seen as scandalous and shameful. However this trope is later twisted on its head when it's revealed [[spoiler:that Snadhya has had a daughter, but she was [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6838 carried outside of her womb]] thanks to the Jaal'darya's mana-tech, the implication being that Snadhya is such a ControlFreak that she didn't want to be pregnant, but still wanted children. And even more shockingly, the "father" is none other than [[HomosexualReproduction Mel'arnach Val'Sarghress]]]].
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in Moon Over June, with Hatsuki, who chooses to keep her child [[{{Squick}} in order to do pregnancy photoshoots]] and [[DisproportionateRetribution to hide the kid from her parents]].
* ''Very'' much averted in ''WebComic/AnsemRetort'': when Aerith gets pregnant, she has a brief moment of wondering if she could really go through with the abortion, then goes to Zexion to get it done. She shows zero remorse or guilt for it, and Zexion and Axel try to feed the fetus to Sora. Yeah, it's a BlackComedy.
-->'''Axel:''' EAT MY ABORTION!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Foxxy Love in ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' apparently gets them on a regular basis, but considering [[BlackComedy what type of show it is]] that's not very surprising.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** Peter tells a story about how he and Lois had gone to get an abortion when she was pregnant with Meg, but backed out when they arrived at the clinic and found out the abortionist had one arm. Another time he mentioned that he could find the black market as an actual store, just like the back alley abortionist, then said that he was glad she changed her mind but the important thing was that he ''found'' the guy.
** In "Peter's Daughter", when Meg thinks she's pregnant, she refuses to have an abortion. Lois suggests Meg consider drinking and smoking a lot to cause a miscarriage, but not to "wimp out halfway through", because Lois ended up with Chris.
** In the episode "[[Recap/FamilyGuyS8E21PartialTermsOfEndearment Partial Terms of Endearment]]" Lois agrees to be a surrogate mother for another couple. However, the couple dies and she must decide whether or not to get an abortion. [[spoiler: She does.]] The episode was finished but it was [[BannedEpisode banned from airing on FOX]]; however, it is available on DVD and it is not known if it will air on Creator/AdultSwim.
** Peter's mother tried to get an abortion before she had Peter because it was from an affair. Because it was in Mexico, the abortion process involved hanging from a bar and being beaten like a pinata by a bunch of kids. As she was already full term when she decided to abort, Peter is born full size and healthy. When she sees him, she falls in love and keeps him. Though knowing [[{{Jerkass}} Peter]], he may very well have gotten brain damage from the procedure.
** Also spoofed in a quick gag when the family is watching ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' and Jessica casually mentions that she once had an abortion. "Aha!" says Peter. "So ''she's'' the murderer!"
* In the ''Adult Party Cartoon'' spinoff of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'', one of the episodes involves [[MisterSeahorse Stimpy believing he's pregnant]] with Ren. After Ren is told about it, he immediately [[BlackComedy pulls out a hanger and starts approaching Stimpy with it]]. Thankfully, he's promptly persuaded not to do it.
* Skewered by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
-->'''Kang:''' (pretending to be Bob Dole) Abortions for all!\\
''[crowd boos]''\\
'''Kang:''' Very well, no abortions for anyone!\\
''[crowd boos]''\\
'''Kang:''' Hmm. Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others!\\
''[crowd cheers and waves miniature American flags]''
* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': Beth and Jerry were originally planning on having an abortion after conceiving Summer when they were 17, but blew a tire on the way to the clinic and decided against it. Subverted in the universes where they did go through with it, in which the two end up going their separate ways and lead far more successful careers.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'',
** One of Cartman's students is pregnant and refuses to have an abortion and go to a university, he (who's teaching them how to cheat in exams) convinces her that abortion is the ultimate form of cheating and thus she must do it.
** In "Kenny Dies" he convinces a woman who ''wanted'' her baby to get an abortion so the stem cells could be used to save Kenny's life. Except [[spoiler:[[MoralEventHorizon it was actually a plan]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext to get pizza]]]]. Though this one could be debated, as he didn't come up with that plan until long after he started getting stem cells to help Kenny.
** When Mr. Garrison gets [[EasySexChange his sex-change operation]] he is excited to be pregnant, ''just'' so that he can get an abortion. He's then surprised to find out male-to-female transsexuals can't become pregnant.
** Cartman's mother contemplates getting an abortion... of Cartman... years after his birth. She goes on a crusade to get fortieth-trimester abortion legalized, only to finally realize she was getting it mixed up with adoption.
** In the Woodland Critter ChristmasEpisode, Stan has to get three lion cubs trained to do an abortion to prevent [[EnfantTerrible the birth]] of TheAntiChrist. [[spoiler:They are too late to abort the birth, though the skills come in handy after the AntiChrist is absorbed into Kyle.]]
** 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.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': [[spoiler: Agnes Sculptham]] had/gets an abortion, although whether it plays this trope straight or averts it is debatable, depending on whether or not you consider the character to be "good." [[spoiler: Also if the series continued [[WhatCouldHaveBeen she would have had twins and only terminated one in the procedure, later giving birth to a girl]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': Stan and Francine sabotage a young couple's birth control, in order to slow them down so the middle-aged Smiths can keep up with the not-yet-30 couple (and thus keep them as couple-friends). While they are in the couple's bedroom (poking holes in condoms and replacing the spermicidal lube with marshmallow fluff) Francine raises the point that their plan won't work if the couple decides to have an abortion. Stan looks directly into the camera in a deliberately invoked example of {{Anvilicious}}: He looks into the camera, squints his eyes, and says "Oh, they won't have an abortion...'''''because they're awesome.'''''"
* ''WesternAnimation/HighSchoolUSA'' [[spoiler: Amber]] has a hysterical pregnancy, but only finds out from the doctor at the abortion clinic. Not that she had sex.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman''. [[spoiler: Diane, a HappilyMarried woman who is generally portrayed as level-headed and good-natured, becomes pregnant, but mutually decides with her husband, Mr. Peanutbutter, that they do not want to have children. The conflict in this plot line stems from Diane's work as the writer of pop star Sextina Aquafina's Twitter page, where she accidentally tweets about her planned abortion and it appears that Sextina is the one who plans to have an abortion. Sextina comes to embrace her role as the face of the pro-choice movement, if [[SarcasmMode a little overzealous]], but the trope is then played with again when Sextina actually does become pregnant and decides to keep the baby.]] However, both decisions are treated as valid and neither woman has any regrets.

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