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Playing With: Good Girls Avoid Abortion
Basic Trope: A sympathetic character faced with an unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancy will always keep the baby, no matter what.
  • Straight: Alice becomes pregnant, and Betty suggests that Alice have an abortion. Alice is shocked that Betty would suggest such a thing, and decides to keep the baby.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice's lifestyle or career makes it such that having a baby would be extraordinarily difficult, and despite knowing this full well, she decides to have the baby.
    • The child was conceived as a result of rape or incest, and Alice decides she still wants the baby.
    • Going through with the pregnancy would put Alice's life in danger, and Alice still goes through with the pregnancy.
    • The Obviously Evil Empire is the only place where abortion is even legal; everywhere else it is punishable by execution and the work treats this like a fair punishment.
  • Downplayed: Alice gives the baby up for adoption.
  • Justified:
    • Alice knows the unplanned pregnancy was the result of her and Bob not being careful enough, and she has a philosophy of owning up to her mistakes.
    • Alice was Raised Catholic, and abortion is against her religious or moral beliefs.
    • Alice wants to be pregnant so that Bob will feel sorry for her and marry her.
    • Alice believes that Babies Make Everything Better.
    • Alice is a politician who has expressed a very strongly pro-life stance; terminating the pregnancy would get her (rightly) branded a Hypocrite, and she'd lose constituents.
    • In this setting, abortion is not legal, and therefore the procedure involves going to a Back-Alley Doctor who may be more concerned about the bottom line than the patient's safety (or worse, doing it herself at home); Alice doesn't want to take the risk.
    • The story is set at a time when really any medical procedure was only dubiously safe at best.
    • Alice's parents tried to abort her, so she does not want to follow their footsteps.
    • Due to the population having been heavily depleted by the Forever War, both sides employ the Propaganda Machine to make sure everybody is having as many children as possible to replace the ones who grow up to die in battle. As such, abortion is treated as unpatriotic.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice ponders the possibility of having an abortion.
    • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Lilith Badgirl terminates her pregnancy, and is treated as scum for doing so, but Alice terminates her pregnancy and the other characters either don't comment on it, or laud her for doing
    • Alice doesn't keep the baby.
    • Alice has a Convenient Miscarriage anyway.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Betty suggests that Alice have an abortion. Alice takes her to the bathroom and washes her mouth out with soap for daring to say the "A" word.
  • Zig Zagged: After a long mental debate, Alice finally decides to get an abortion, but as she enters the clinic, she guilts herself out of it. She loses consciousness during labor, and it turns out to be a miscarriage. Then it turns out one of the nurses, who is infertile, switched around her paperwork and kidnapped the baby. Alice confronts her and the nurse says she knows that Alice didn't actually want the baby, offering to at least let her visit now and then, but then...
  • Averted:
    • Alice has an abortion, and other characters don't comment on it. (Maybe because they didn't knew about it in the first place)
    • Alice either doesn't get pregnant to begin with, or has an abortion if she is.
    • The pregnancy is something she wants and is prepared to handle.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "How could you even suggest such a thing, Betty?!"
  • Invoked: Alice, a devout Catholic, is seduced by her boyfriend Bob, and winds up pregnant outside of wedlock.
  • Exploited:
    • Alice publishes a book on why she chose to keep her baby, and she becomes a leader of the anti-abortion movement.
    • Alice is extremely poor, and knows that having her baby will get her an increase in welfare.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed:
    • "I heard Alice decided not to have the baby."
    • "Bob, I don't care if you don't want to be a father. I'm not getting an abortion and I'm angry you'd even ask!"
  • Conversed: "What Alice needs is the support of those around her, not judgment."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice is being influenced by others' opinions at a time when what she really needs is support, not judgment.
    • Exactly what kind of life can we expect Alice's unplanned, unwanted baby to have, exactly? Especially with Alice probably resenting her own child due to the circumstances of their birth...
  • Reconstructed: Alice makes the best decision for herself and her situation, and her friends and family are supportive of her (whether they support her decision or not.)
  • Played For Drama: The whole story is about all of Alice not wanting to get an abortion, and whether or not she can withstand the pressure from her boyfriend and her family for her to get an abortion.

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